Youth Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

MHFA offers a range of courses tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18.  The courses can be attended by anyone from age 16 upwards.  Every MHFA England course is delivered by a quality assured Instructor Member.

When is the next course?

We organise half-termly MHFA courses as set out below. Our November 2022 course is now SOLD OUT, although there are places available later in February & May 2023.

Dates:Nov 3rd/4th, Feb 16th/17th 2023, May 11th/12th 2023
Time:8.45am arrival for a 9.00am start – 5.00pm finish
Venue:Soar Valley College (Nov, Feb, May)
Cost:£250 per person including resources and refreshments

Facilitator:  Lorraine Biddle – MHFA Accredited Instructor / Head of School, The Beacon CAMHS unit

Please click on our Eventbrite link for available dates and to make a booking.

We are also able to deliver this 2-day course in your school or trust. For further details and to discuss costs, please email

What will I learn?

The course provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable chunks:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self-harm and eating disorders

The course focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting.  The course will increase awareness around young people’s mental health.  Allowing you to develop practical skills to identify a range of mental health issues and support a young person to get the help they need.  Completing the 2-day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.