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Youth Mental Health First Aid - For adults living or working with youth

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between approximately 12 and 18 years). However, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines.

Research has found this course to be effective. Specifically, a study found that participants who complete the course have improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing mental health first aid, as well as reduced stigma.

What the course covers.
The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years) who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:
. Depression
. Anxiety problems
. Psychosis
. Substance use problems
. Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situations covered are:
. Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
. Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
. Panic attacks
. Traumatic events
. Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
. Severe psychotic states
. Aggressive behaviour

Who can attend a course?
Any interested adult can attend, though please note this course is not for adolescents to attend. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Course completion can also be claimed as CPD for the following professions, upon approval from registration body:

• Psychologists
• Social Workers
• Teachers
• Dieticians
• Speech Pathologists
• Audiologists and audiometrists
• Lawyers in some states and territories of Australia
• Orthotists and Prosthetists
• Nurses

This course is accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia. On completion of the course, participants are eligible, at no additional cost, to complete a short online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years, from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Mental Health First Aid is another means of closing the gap between physical and mental health.

Course Format
This is a 14 hour course, delivered as a 2-day training package (7 hours per day).

Course testimonials:

  • Eleni is an outstanding trainer. She managed to keep with course running to time without rushing anything and making sure there was time for breaks and personal stories that added to the impact of the training. Thank you Eleni.
  • Very knowledgeable trainer with great teaching skills. Small group was perfect too.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113