Youth mental health is a difficult subject, but it’s something the children in our lives will likely have a connection to at some point. One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17.
In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:
- Seven are likely to have been bullied
- Six may be self-harming
- One could have experienced the death of a parent
Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.
It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.
This is where the Training for Life team come in.
Accredited Youth Mental Health Training Courses
Our Youth MHFA course (Mental Health First Aid) is recommended for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8–18. We train the adults in a young person’s life to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer mental health first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, a Youth MHFA trained individual can help to speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.
By giving adults the information and skills to look after their own mental health, we want them to set an example for young people. We want adults to be able to show young people that mental ‘ill-health’ is a part of life in just the same way as physical ‘ill-health’, that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help.
Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®)
With a range of courses for groups or individuals, Training for Life offers mental health training courses that we hope gives people the tools to open up these conversations. We hope to empower and create mentally healthy, supportive environments. Not just in schools, but in families, youth groups and communities also.
Let’s create a future where we all know how to aid youth mental health and wellbeing, so preventable issues don’t arise in the first place. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.
Youth MHFA Course Types available with Training for Life
Are you looking to develop personal skills such public speaking or confidence building? Maybe you’re an individual adult looking to gain MHFA training or part of a team interested in workplace mental health training? Whatever your requirement, embark on a course with Training for Life.