Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid – Supporting Young People

Do you want to get a better understanding of how mental health affects young people and how you can support a young person suffering with poor mental health?

Developed by NHS Scotland, this evidence-based Mental Health First Aid course is aimed at adults who support young people between the ages of 11 and 17.

Growing up should be one of the most enjoyable times in our lives, yet it can also be very tough. Sadly, it’s often the case that children and young people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should and, as a result, mental health issues like anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct disorders (which can be early signs of future anti-social behavioural issues) and eating disorders can stop some young people achieving what they want in life and fulfilling their true potential and contribution to society.

This course aims to tackle these issues by teaching you the skills to provide initial support to young people in both mental health crisis and non-crisis situations, which can often prove to be a vital first step in helping people through a very tough time.

The structure of this course is flexible and is delivered through a blended learning approach, consisting of 1 day of facilitated workshop (with up to 12 participants) and 2 x self study modules.

What you will learn.

This course is designed to teach you to better understand mental health and how it affects young people, in addition to learning valuable Mental Health First Aid Skills for supporting young people including:

  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress

  • How to ask about mental distress

  • How to provide initial support

  • How to guide someone towards appropriate professional help.

 

The course will show you how mental health first aid can be applied in a crisis situation, across a range of common mental health issues which affect young people, such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse.

However, it’s important to understand that the course does not train you to become a counsellor or mental health profession.

Who should attend this course?

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Course for Supporting Young People is ideal for people who work with or are regularly around young people, including:

  • Teachers
  • Sports/Drama/Dance Coaches
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Parents
  • Anyone assisting young people across a variety of settings

 

This course can be arranged in-house at a clients premises or at an agreed venue for up to 12 participants.

To run this course at your premises:

Course Structure

The Course is Structured in three parts:

Part 1: self-study module – 3 hours

Can you recognise when a young person is suffering with poor mental health?

This can be completed online or using a paper workbook.

Sections include:

  • The mental health policy in Scotland and the background to Mental Health First Aid
  • What is mental health?
  • Attitudes, inequalities, stigma and discrimination
  • Introduction to the most common mental health problems and crises experienced by young people: depression, anxiety, self-harm, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, suicide
  • Recovery
  • Professional help

Participants will be given online access to Part 1 approximately one month before the start date for Part 2.

 

Part 2: facilitated face-to-face workshop – 1 day (for up to 12 participants)

Section 2 focuses on developing the participants’ practical skills.

Participants are introduced to and can practice the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) step-by-step approach to providing mental health first aid in a group setting.

During Part 2, all participants will receive a Scottish Mental Health First Aid – Young People manual. This invaluable resource reinforces and supplements the course content. As well as information on the overall context of mental health and young people, it contains sections on mental health first aid for:

  • depression, anxiety, self-harm, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, psychosis, aggression, panic attacks, and trauma.

 

Part 3: self-study module – 4 hours

You can complete this section online or using a paper workbook.

In this section the course takes a more detailed look at mental health problems and crises in young people and offers advice on how to use mental health first aid in different situations. The materials include interactive scenarios that enable participants to practice and develop their Mental Health First Aid skills.

Participants will be provided with access to Part 3 shortly after the 1 day’s face-to-face workshop. Participants will be allowed at least one month to complete Part 3.

Please note, to become a certified Mental Health First Aider for supporting young people, it is essential that you complete all three parts of the course.

Course Information

What’s included on the course?

  • Access to either online or paper workbook for part 1 and part 3 of the course
  • Scottish Mental Health First Aid – Young People manual
  • An NHS Certified Certificate qualifying partcipants as a Mental Health First Aider
  • Participants must complete all 3 parts of the course to receive their certificate.

 

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