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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however the training can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This training is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia.

What the training covers:

The training teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

Training format

This 12-hour training is delivered as a 2-day package hosted at CIT Bruce. Training participants receive a Youth MHFA Manual and a Statement of Completion. All potential participants MUST be able to attend both days of the training.

Who can attend this training?

Any interested adult (18 years or over) can attend. Please note this training is not a therapy or support group, rather it is education on how to give first aid to others. This is non-accredited training.

2018 Training Dates (students must be able to attend both sessions) Training Times Location Cost Book and Pay
Fridays, September 7 and 14 9am - 4pm Room B115, B Block, CIT Bruce (carpark 9 or 10) $275 Click here to book!
Saturdays, November 10 and 17 9am - 4pm Room B115, B Block, CIT Bruce (carpark 9 or 10) $275 Click here to book!

Fee Payment

Total training cost is $275. This price includes all training materials and refreshments. Please note that all payments must be made through the TryBooking process, which can be accessed via the links above.

Payment must be made prior to commencing the course.


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