Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

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Course Summary


Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Brisbane

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adolescents experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in young people. In this course, we cover how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

If you’re looking for a Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification program or a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, this is the tailored option for you. With activities, questions and action plans designed around current, relatable issues, this course is suited for delivering and training to provide services to any younger community members.

Mental health problems covered

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

Mental health crises covered

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

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Course Costs

$355 per participant

Note: If you or anyone you work with is experiencing these problems, then help them to seek immediate professional treatment. MHFA is meant to be a reactionary course designed to support those at risk to receive full treatment.

If you’re unsure about a student, friend, family member or work colleague, this course will help you identify issues and ways to respond to them.

To secure your space, full payment is required at the time of booking.
We accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) or electronic funds transfers (internet banking).

Large groups and onsite pricing vary. Please speak to one of our friendly team to discuss the available options.

Locations Available

We teach many public courses throughout Queensland, so please see our calendar for the next course closest to you.
Or we come to your workplace (minimum numbers apply).

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. Any adult can attend.

Please note: This course is not a therapy or support group. The aim is not to cover personal grievances but to provide full training on how to support others in a crisis situation.

Minimum Age

18 yrs for a Mental Health First Aid course.

Due to the adult learning environment, ‘Your’ First Aid Trainer cannot accept registrations for participants under the age of 18.

With physical training, first aid participants can be Aged 14 and above with their parents/guardian’s consent.

Course Includes

Youth Mental Health First Aid course manual and workbook.

Coffee & Tea, Water, Biscuits and Lollies

How to book and get further information

  • Book online (preferred)
  • Call one of our friendly customer service teams on 0423 811 844.
  • Please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Alternatively, you can email us at info@yfat.wpengine.com.

What living with mental health issues feels like

We don’t support the idea that mental health is ‘not a real health concern’. The reason we refer to the course as Mental Health First Aid is that, like any other health issue you may have, mental health issues can have very serious and widespread repercussions. Our mental states aren’t always in our control, particularly for those who have undergone one or several serious, traumatic events.

For those living with a mental health condition, the results of not getting treatment can be devastating and may lead to further mental health problems over time. It’s our goal to equip Australians with the skills and confidence to help those around them get the support they need.

Course Duration

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course lasts for two days (14 hours, excluding break times) This course has been designed in four separate modules and can be delivered as four separate three-and-a-half-hour sessions upon corporate request.


Module 1

We are introduced to youth mental health first aid, which covers adolescent development and common mental illnesses affecting youth. We also uncover the MHFA Action Plan and discuss signs and symptoms of depression in young people.


Module 2

We continue our depression in young people and crisis first aid talk by exploring a difficult topic – suicidal thoughts and behaviours, as well as crisis first aid for non-suicidal self-injury. We also look at the signs and symptoms of anxiety in young people and different types of anxiety disorders.


Module 3

We cover the MHFA Action plan for crisis first aid and traumatic events. This third module also looks at eating disorders, how to apply the action plan for eating disorders and, if they are in a crisis situation, first aid practice for medical emergencies.


Module 4

We begin by looking at the signs and symptoms of psychosis in young people with the MHFA Action Plan. The Action Plan is aimed at helping those with psychotic disorders, especially those experiencing a severe psychotic state. We also look at substance misuse in young people and how to apply the MHFA Action Plan for substance misuse, as well as for any situation including intoxication, aggressive behaviour or other psychologically-based medical emergencies. This course will not teach you to diagnose mental illness nor treat it, just as a conventional first aid course will not teach you to be a doctor.

  • You will learn how to recognise that someone may have a mental health problem, how to support them and let them receive appropriate professional help as early as possible.


The ALGEE System

The ALGEE system is our basic framework for offering mental support, one which we teach in all our classrooms. The ALGEE system is as follows:

  • A - Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
  • L – Listen and communicate non-judgementally
  • G - Give support and information
  • E – Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
  • E – Encourage other supports


Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Participants will require suitable LLN skills to complete the following tasks/skills:

  • Read information from a PowerPoint, a manual and a whiteboard.
  • Listen and understand verbal information delivered by an English-speaking
    Mental Health First Aid Accredited Instructor.


Requirements for completion

Participants are required to attend 100% of this first aid training. To receive accreditation as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, you will be required to complete an online assessment following training. If you do not require certification and simply want to learn the skills taught on the course, then assessment is not required.


Certification Issued

This course does not form part of a Vocational Education Qualification.
Accreditation is provided by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Upon completing the post-training assessment, certification is issued as a Mental Health First Aider.


Certification Validity

Three (3) years from the date of issue. We recommend you use the email address that is still valid in 3 or 6 years' time.

Refresher training is required after three years, which will either involve

- A four-hour instructor-led face-to-face course

- Two separate two-and-a-half-hour instructor-led, online Zoom video conferencing courses.

In the sixth year, the full course must be completed again. Taking a refresher course ensures you can hold on to your certification of validity.


Evidence-based Courses

Mental Health First Aid Australia (mhfa.com.au) courses are based on evidence which supports the best approaches to offering support to someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis.

This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne through developing Delphi method guidelines that cover many mental health problems, crises and in different contexts.

All MHFA courses are then evaluated using rigorous scientific methods to ensure they have a positive impact.

These evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness, the benefits of which are maintained over time.

Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.


How to book and get further information
  • Book online (prefered)
  • Call one of our friendly customer service teams on 0423 811 844.
    Please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Alternatively, you can email us at info@yfat.wpengine.com

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Your’ First Aid Trainer is a physical and mental health first aid training company, specialising in Mental Health First Aid.
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