MHFA Youth Online Course Info

This online course trains you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®), 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 ​


This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub

Learning takes place through four live training sessions spread across one to two weeks, with self-learning activities in between. See course structure section below for more detail

Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn


Everyone who completes the course gets:

A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFAider®

A Youth MHFAider® manual to refer to whenever you need it

A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health

Live Session 1

Youth Mental Health First Aid and mental health:

  • Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Youth MHFA action plan: ALGEE
  • What is mental health?
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Stigma and language
  • Risk and protective factors
  • The Stress Container
  • Frame of Reference

Live session 2 outline

  • Depression and anxiety:
  • Recap of depression
  • Signs and symptoms of depression
  • Recap of anxiety
  • Signs and symptoms of anxiety
  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety: ALGEE
  • Self-care

Live session 3 outline

  • Suicide and psychosis:
  • Recap of suicide
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Recap of psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • The MHFA action plan for psychosis: ALGEE
  • Live session 4 outline
  • Self-harm and eating disorders:
  • Recap of self-harm
  • The MHFA action plan for self-harm: ALGEE
  • Recap of eating disorders
  • The MHFA action plan for eating disorders: ALGEE
  • Recovery

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Support Resources

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