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Youth Mental Health First Aid @WardellCORE

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Youth Mental Health First Aid - FREE

Valued at over $300  This course is fully funded and positions are limited.

Training will be held over 2 consecutive Saturdays 16th and 23rd. Attendance at both days will be required to complete this training. 

About the trainer : 
Mark Smith is a leading instructor of the Youth MHFA program. In his role with MHFA International as a consultant trainer, Mark is entrusted with the responsibility of training and assessing new Youth MHFA Instructors. Mark has been delivering Youth MHFA courses from July 2010.

Have you ever noticed an adolescent or young adult experiencing distress, and wanted to reach out more effectively?

Gain skills and confidence with a Youth MHFA Course

Australian Government health studies indicate that about 2 in 5 adolescents will meet criteria for some type of mental illness in any given year. 

This 14-hour YMHFA Course teaches adults PRACTICAL and EVIDENCED BASED skills to provide Mental Health First Aid to adolescents.   

Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported. The YMHFA course teaches adults who have frequent contact with adolescents, such as community responders, parents, guardians, school staff, sport coaches and youth workers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

We place a great deal of importance in schools and youth organisations to learn regular first aid, yet mental health problems are far more common among young people than physical health problems.

This training is as essential for community responder as it is for teachers, school staff, parents and youth workers.

Course Content 

The YMHFA course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis: 

Developing mental health problems 

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

Mental health crises 

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours 
  • Non-suicidal self-injury 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Traumatic events 
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours. 

            Course Format 

            This is a 14-hour course.  Course participants receive a copy of the YMHFA Manual to keep and will be eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

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