Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) - 2 Day

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Who Should Attend?

The course covers CYP aged 8 to 18 years and is aimed at the wider children and young people’s workforce, for example Social Workers, Targeted Youth Support, Educational Professionals.  This offer also includes Foster Carers

The following groups of professionals have been identified as a priority and should seek to book a place –

  1. Those working with Children Looked After, on the Edge of Care, Leaving Care or Adopted

  2. Those in face to face contact with CYP across both statutory agencies and the Third Sector

  3. Those working in schools and educational settings

Course description              

 Youth MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does give a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to young people’s mental health and will teach people to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues

  • Provide initial help and practical skills that can be used every day

  • Enable a young person to access appropriate professional help

  • Recognise the importance of promoting protective factors and good parenting.

This is delivered through four manageable chunks:

  • 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 today, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse.

The course is delivered over two full days and participants must attend both days in full to obtain their certificate. (9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m)

List of dates and venues 

All of the Autumn 2017 courses are almost completely booked up (as indicated below).  Dates for further courses between January and April 2018 will be released at the end of September.  PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE A BOOKING FORM IF THE COURSE STATES IT IS FULL AS WE DO NOT HOLD A WAITING LIST


Thursday 14th & Thursday 21st September 2017 - Ewanrigg Community Centre, Maryport, CA15 8HN COURSE FULL

Monday 30th October & Monday 6th November 2017 - Workington Fire Station COURSE FULL

Friday 1st & Friday 8th December 2017 - Workington Fire Station COURSE FULL


Thursday 21st & Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith COURSE FULL

Friday 13th & Monday 16th October 2017 - Penrith Fire HQ COURSE FULL

Tuesday 31st  October 2017  & Wednesday 1st November 2017 - Community Room  Penrith Fire HQ COURSE FULL


Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2017 - CADAS Barrow, 52 Paradise Street, Barrow in Furness, LA14 1JG COURSE FULL

Wednesday 11th & Friday 20th October 2017 - Garburn House. Westmorland General Hospital. Kendal LA9 7RG COURSE FULL


Monday 9th & Friday 13th October 2017 - Cumbria House, 1st floor training suite, 117 Botchergate, Carlisle COURSE FULL

To book your place on this course please

The course booking process for all Cumbria County Council staff members has changed to self-service, resulting in staff booking their own courses through MyHR. Full guidance is available through links on InTouch and access to user guides are also available. As a result of these changes the booking process has become fully automated and confirmation and venue information (previously joining instructions) will be communicated through emails to both individuals and managers. Where a user does not have access to MyHR, then it will be the responsibility of their line manager to book them on the course.

Booking process for non-Cumbria County Council staff members, please complete a BOOKING FORMthis external link will open in a new window and return to:

For any queries about the course, please telephone 01228 226898



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