Youth Mental Health First Aid

2 Day Face to Face

Course Description

Youth MHFA is an educational course that teaches adults about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in young people, including crisis situations.

Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

You will learn how and where to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what help research has shown to be effective and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.

The Youth MHFA course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. The course equips adults with the skills to recognise and respond to an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis situation. Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, Youth MHFA teaches participants how to support an adolescent until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Providing Youth Mental Health First Aid training can help whole communities to:

INTERVENE EARLY - Recognise the warning signs of mental health problems in young people

PROVIDE SKILLS - Provide the skills needed to speak openly and accurately about mental health

RESPOND IN A CRISIS - Respond in crisis situations where a young person may be at risk of harm

REDUCE STIGMA - Reduce stigma and increase support for young people with mental health problems

Please note: This course is not a therapy or a support group


2 Days Face to face

If you are would prefer an online format, please take a look at The Blended MHFA Youth Course which has been adapted from the Youth Mental MHFA Course for adults. The Blended format has a self-paced e-learning component, which is followed by 3 x 3 hour Zoom sessions.  There is also an option of having a one day face to face delivery session once participants have completed the e-learning.

Eligibility Criteria

Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered across the whole Country to any adult over the age of 18 who resides in Australia.