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YMHFA Training

What is Mental Health First Aid Youth?

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in twenty-three countries, the MHFA Youth course equips participants with the skills and knowledge to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide those young people towards the right support services.

By learning to recognise the signs that someone may be unwell, participants will be able to provide initial help, to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and in its most powerful form, save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.

Completion of all parts of the course lead to nationally recognised certification with Mental Health First Aid England and does not need renewing.

Further information about the MHFA [Youth] course please see the resource tab.

What does the course cover?

The course has four main sections; “What is mental health”, “Depression & Anxiety”, “Suicide and Psychosis” and “Self-Harm and eating disorders”.

Further information about the content of each of the section can be discussed prior to the event by emailing

Who is the course aimed at?

Essentially, the course is aimed at any member of staff in a school, college or partner organisation who has responsibility for the health and welfare of young people. In a school or college setting this could include a Senior Leader with responsibility for learner welfare, a Pastoral Head, Student Support Service staff, SENCOs, School Nurses and Counsellors.

About the Trainer

Leanne Herbert is a highly experienced Disability Officer who works for De Montfort University and was for a times seconded on a part time basis to the Reach WP Partnership to develop the Disability offer of the Partnership. She is now back at DMU at the Autism specialist.

Leanne has completed all of the Mental Health First Aid Youth courses and qualifications and is now an accredited “Train the Trainer” for the programme.

Course Delivery

The course requires a total of 2 days attendance. To accommodate as many interested participants as possible, the Reach Partnership will be are offering further training dates on 8th and 10th November.

The normal cost of the course is £300 per participant. However, the Reach Partnership has agreed to fund places free of charge for this round of the training.

How to apply and terms & conditions

If you and/or a colleague are interested in applying for a place on the course, please email Leanne at  We are anticipating a strong response for this opportunity so would ask for applications to be submitted by Monday 12th September at the latest.

We understand that there are always circumstances where participants have to drop out at short notice but expect that where staff have signed up for the course they will make every effort to attend. Where participants are unable to attend at short notice, we would expect them to notify the course organisers as soon as possible so that the place can be offered to other interested staff.

Feedback from participants

“Excellent course, would recommend highly”

“Absolutely brilliant course.  Tears for some, laughter for all at times. Great Atmosphere, well delivered and incredibly informative”

“The delivery of this course allows for people to feel confident to contribute and be open about their understanding.  The instructor made sure that people were able to be honest and could challenge their own misconceptions. Leanne has a lovely approach and pace to a difficult subject.  Thank you.  YMHFA – Made to sound and feel like everyone can do it”

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