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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.

By completing this course you will learn how to provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing. You will also learn how to support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.


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


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What will I learn?

Our Youth Mental Health First Aid 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-bulling and substance misuse. The course will also teach the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.

How will I learn?

How will I learn?

Each session is practical and interactive, using a variety of PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, small group work and practical exercises in pairs.

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.

Funded Courses

If you work or volunteer with children and young people (aged 8 - 18) in the Tameside and Glossop area, you may qualify for a FREE funded place on one of our courses. Funded places are limited and you will be required to provide information about your employment / volunteer role. The dates for upcoming YMHFA courses are:

November 13th / 14th 
(Course now full)


Please note that in order to qualify you must first complete 5 online learning modules.

*Completion of these modules alone does not guarantee your place, you must email your certificates to us in order to complete registration following the instructions below


Instructions for applying for a funded place:

  1. Create your free MindEd account. (Having problems? Click here for a video guide, or Here for a step-by-step image guide.)


  2. Work through the following modules (approximately 30 minutes each). 

*Completion of these modules alone does not guarantee your place, you must email your certificates to us in order for us to complete registration following the instructions below.

  1. Once you have successfully completed the 5 learning modules, save the certificates. (Alternatively, you can print the certificates then take a photo or scan them.)


  1. Email your name, preferred date, and your certificates to us at trainingacademy [at]


  1. We will then send you a link allowing you to register on one of our funded courses.


Funded places are subject to a £50 non-attendance charge if you do not attend both days.

If for any reason you are unable to attend both days, please give us as much notice as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

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