This course is aimed at anybody aged 16 and over who works with, teaches, cares for, or looks after children and young people aged 8 – 18.

A qualified mental health first aider in a school environment provides a point of contact for students who are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the individual to get appropriate help in a crisis. Mental health first aiders can spot the signs of mental ill health and are valuable in providing early support for someone who may be developing a mental health issue. The programme gives the delegate confidence to step in and support a young person who needs assistance.

The two-day youth mental health first-aider course is currently being delivered as a virtual workshop.  The course is delivered in four sections.  Each section consists of some pre-course learning which is accessed through a learning platform called Enabley.  The material takes between one and one and a half hours to complete.  This is followed by a 2.5 hour live session, also accessed via the Enabley platform. Usually sessions 1 and 2 are close together and then followed by sessions 3 and 4 at a later date – normally within a week of the first two sessions.

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This course qualifies you as a youth mental health first-aider.

Youth mental health first-aiders have:

  • an in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect well being
  • 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 judgmental 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 their own mental well being

Session one

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • About mental health – facts and figures
  • Risk and protective factors for mental ill health
  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing
  • The Youth MHFA action plan – ALGEE

Session two

Depression and anxiety

  • About depression and anxiety – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety  ALGEE

Session three


  • About suicide
  • Risk factors and possible warning signs for suicide
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour


  • What is psychosis?
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Youth MHFA action planning
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

Session four

Self-harm and eating disorders

  • What are they?
  • Why are they important?
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Youth MHFA action planning

Everyone who completes the course receives a youth mental health first aid manual and workbook to keep and refer to whenever they need it.  Attendees also receive a certificate of attendance to say they are a youth mental health first-aider.

Our terms and conditions

Please ensure you read our terms and conditions before you book your place.

TVTSA Teaching School Agreement

Dates: See left

Location: Virtual

Duration: Four sessions with approx. one hour pre-course learning

Delivered by: Wright Mind Training Services Ltd.

Cost: £150/3 units for TVTSA members

Book a place

If your booking is made within a week of the programme commencing, you are not guaranteed a place. If you have been successful, the TVTSA team will contact you directly.