Tamworth Community College

Youth Mental Health First Aid

This 14-hour course equips adults who teach, care for and support young people (12-18 years), with the skills and confidence needed to recognise and respond to a young person .experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until professional help is received or the crisis resolves using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan.

What will I learn in a Youth Mental Health First Aid course?

The course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. It provides an overview of mental illnesses, risk factors, prevalence, and impact before taking a much closer look at the following mental health problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

You will learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, how to recognise and respond to an emerging and worsening mental health problem and the interventions and supports available.

Using the Mental Health First Aid practical Action Plan, you will learn how to approach a young person you are concerned about and how
to initiate a conversation about those concerns. Also cover how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage a young person to get professional help or other supports.

The Youth MHFA  course also looks at how to apply mental health first aid in a range of crisis situations, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours, panic attacks, aggressive behaviours, and severe psychotic states.

Delivered by licensed Mental Health First Aid Australia Instructor and experienced industry professional Sarah Green, owner of Highway to Well, in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Customised Training

We can provide a quote to deliver MHFA training for your employees or community group. At your premises or at the College, and in training intervals to suit you.