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Mental Health First Aid Training

Being able to help a young person with their mental health can immeasurably change their emotional, academic, psychological and social wellbeing.

The Raedwald Trust are proud to offer a series of two-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Youth training courses in association with MHFA England that are available to book now.

The internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course is designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. The youth course is tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18.

On completion of the course, delegates can be classed 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 wellbeing
– Practical skills to spot triggers and signs of mental ill health
– 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
– Ability to support a young person with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive
– Tools to look after their own mental health

The course is delivered in 4 sections: About mental health; Depression and Anxiety; Suicide and Psychosis; Self-Harm and Eating Disorders.

In addition, the two days will also focus on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse. It will also cover how to promote protective factors (conditions or attributes that help people deal more effectively with stressful events) and good parenting.

All delegates will receive:
– A workbook during training
– A mental health manual to take away
– A MHFA England certificate

Kate Kingsford-Bere, Lead Teacher at Ipswich Hospital said: “Having taken this course, I am now confident in signposting vulnerable young people to mental health support and in talking to them about the issues they face.

“This course is life changing in many ways – both for the delegates and for those they are able to support in the future.”

The MHFA Youth Course provided by Mental Health England is available in Ipswich and the surrounding areas at a cost of £150 per delegate on the following dates:

– 17th & 18th December 2019
– 15th & 16th January 2020
– 12th& 13th February 2020
– 23rd & 24th March 2020
– 23rd & 24th April 2020
– 20th & 21st May 2020
– 15th & 16th June 2020
– 16th & 17th July 2020

To book your place, please email or contact Laura Leeder on 01473 550472.