13 December 2018
Mental Health First Aid (Youth)

First aid is the help given to an ill or injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help given to a young person experiencing a mental health issue before professional help is obtained.

As part of the Somerset Wellbeing Framework, schools are being offered free Mental Health First Aid Training to help better understand the signs and symptoms of mental health in young people.

 

The aims of Youth MHFA are to:

  • Preserve life where a young person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Intervene to prevent the emotional or mental health issue developing into a more serious state
  • Provide comfort to a young person experiencing a mental health issue
  • Empower a young person to access appropriate professional help
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health
  • Raise awareness of mental health issues in the community
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination

Currently, only around a quarter of people who need treatment for mental ill health receive it. With access to an adult with MHFA skills, staff in schools can provide early intervention in guiding a young person to the support they need. Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people today, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse.

 

The one day Youth MHFA course has been designed specifically with schools and colleges in mind and fits perfectly into inset days and busy timetables. 

 

Completing the one day Youth MHFA course designates you as a Youth MHFA Champion. A Youth MHFA Champion is skilled in understanding how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in young people and will have the confidence to guide the young person to a place of support.

 

Dates and venues for the One Day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training:

5th February 2019 - 9:00 - 5:00

The SHED @ Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton

Link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53587669161

 

27th March 2019 - 9:00 - 5:00

Taunton Academy, Taunton

Link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53587492633 

 

16th May 2019 – 9:00 - 5:00  
The Conference Centre at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53592210745 

 

11th June 2019 – 9:00 - 5:00

The Conference Centre at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton

Link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53592643038 

 

1st July 2019 - 9:00 - 5:00

The Shed at Frogmary - Green Farm, South Petherton

Link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53591083373 

 

9th July 2019 - 9:00 - 5:00

West Somerset College, Minehead

Link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53393898588 

 

15th July - 9:00 - 5:00

West Somerset College, Minehead

Link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somerset-wellbeing-framework-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-1-day-tickets-53594207718