Youth Mental Health First Aider

Posted on: 3rd August 2020

Mental Health First Aid (Youth)

Through the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, our goal is to raise awareness of mental health issues so attendees will be able to identify early warning signs and have the confidence to guide the person to seek professional help. Suitable for anyone that supports a young person aged 8-18. This two-day course examines the signs and symptoms of mental health issues children commonly experience. These include depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. The format of learning will be a mix of presentations, group discussions and group work activities. It includes a certificate, handouts and a training manual, which is an excellent reference and support resource.

This two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing ​

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Who presents the course?

Jo Morton-Brown is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.  Currently working as an Emotional Health Practitioner, Jo is a passionate and committed advocate for the improvement of mental health.

Combining her academic knowledge with first-hand experience, she is able to offer fellow professionals working with children and their families the chance to gain targeted mental health and emotional wellbeing training.



Two days

9.00am – 5.00pm

Fridays 26 February & 5 March


Saffron Walden County High School




If you would like to apply please email Pauline Haslam: