Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Course Overview

Focus area Supporting adolescents
Length 2 days
Who is it for? Those who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers
Key Outcomes Mental health first aid

Course Description


Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as; school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

Learn how to assist an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

Course 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

All participants receive Youth Mental Health Training Manual Edition 4.

Instructor: David Machen
David is a master instructor and facilitator recognized for his passion and commitment to the cause of raising awareness of Mental Health. David is a qualified and professional trainer and facilitator, who is passionate about improving the quality of life for the disadvantaged and raising awareness, skills and knowledge in people to address mental health issues.

Over the last 26 years he has worked with people with a diagnosis of mental illness which has given him great insight. He talks openly about his lived experience and about the road to recovery and wellness.

He has facilitated courses to community members, Allied Health Care Counsellors, Health Professionals, Case Managers, Entertainers, Support Workers in Disability Services, Sport Trainers and to those working in the Education Sector.

Enrolment Information

Dates July 1, 2020, July 2, 2020
Time 9.30am - 4pm

The Institute
49a Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh

Cost Full Fee $185 / Concession $150

Enrolment Full (1-2 Jul – SHS)

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