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New Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Available

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Since April, Children’s Services have partnered with Youth Mental Health First Aid England and led the development of a Cumbria multi-agency network of Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors.  (YMHFA) There are now 16 instructors who are entering the final phase of their approval by delivering evaluated 2 day YMHFA training courses to those working directly with children and young people aged 8 to 18 years of age.

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

The first tranche of the 2 day YMHFA courses offered around the County, are now live on the LSCB website

There are 16 places on each course and there will be 8 courses before the end of the year and a further 8 between January and Easter.

Initially we are able to offer the courses fully subsidised.  This means that there will be no charge to participants (unless a place is booked and then not attended)

YMHFA England advise that the full cost of each training place is £300.


Who Should Attend?

The course covers CYP aged 8 to 18 years and is aimed at the wider children and young people’s workforce, for example Social Workers, Targeted Youth Support, Educational Professionals.  This offer also includes Foster Carers

The following groups of professionals have been identified as a priority and should seek to book a place –

  1. Those working with Children Looked After, on the Edge of Care, Leaving Care or Adopted
  2. Those in face to face contact with CYP across both statutory agencies and the Third Sector
  3. Those working in schools and educational settings


Course description

Youth MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does give a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to young people’s mental health and will teach people to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help and practical skills that can be used every day
  • Enable a young person to access appropriate professional help
  • Recognise the importance of promoting protective factors and good parenting. 

This is delivered through four manageable chunks:

    What is mental health?

    • Depression and anxiety
    • Suicide and psychosis
    • Self-harm and eating disorders

    Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people today, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse.  

    The course is delivered over two full days and participants must attend both days in full to obtain their certificate.

    For more information and how to book onto the courses see the LSCB  website here LSCB