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Our Youth Mental Health First Aid course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.



It is free to those in the Tameside and Glossop areas which have been funded by the Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.

You will learn how to:

  • Provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

  • Support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.


MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you’re a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

If you'd like to sign up you will need to complete 5 modules. Please see below 'ready to sign up' for more information on this.


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What will I learn?

Our Youth MHFA course is split into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health?

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Suicide and psychosis

  • Self-harm and eating disorders

Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.

How will I learn?

How will I learn?

The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities.

Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

  • Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.

Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Who can attend?

The course is for workers in the Tameside and Glossop areas and is relevant for people who teach, work, live with and care for 8 to 18 year olds, including young people themselves, although parental consent is required below the age of 16. This is a fantastic opportunity for Tameside and Glossop workers as this course normally costs up to £300 per place.

Why not check out what a few people have said about MHFA?

If you do not fit this criteria get in touch with training [at] (subject: YMHFA%20Enquiry)  for information about other options.

Ready to sign up?

1.    Before applying for the YMHFA course you will need to register for free on and then complete the following 5 online learning modules, each taking about 30 mins: 

Please note, you will need to provide and upload evidence for these modules, so keep your account details safe. If you encounter problems with this, see here for more guidance.


2.    Once you have completed these modules you can fill in this application form to be put on the waiting list for courses from April 2018 onwards. 

Next available courses

YMHFA courses are currently fully booked until March 2018.

We will release 8 further courses from April 2018 onwards, please submit your application form to register your interest and to be added onto the waiting list. 


We will get in touch with you once course dates have been released.

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