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Youth Mental Health First Aider course

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One of our teachers, Marie, recently attended NIMH's Youth Mental Health First Aiders course. Read her review here.

Recently I attended a two-day intensive training course on mental health in order to become recognised as a ‘mental health first aider’. This is an initiative provided by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and was established in England in 2007. With mental health being such a huge issue today and one of the leading causes of health problems in England, the organisation is on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in order to better equip people in how to help spot signs of mental health and provide support where necessary. They hope to educate people by reducing ‘stigma through understanding and they hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms and to thrive in learning, work and life.’

The two day course I attended was extremely well structured and provided information on topics such as depression, anxiety, and self-harm amongst young people. It was informative and sensitive whilst providing an engaging and structured approach on learning how to spot signs of these problems and how to approach and help people who may be experiencing them.

The organisation has petitions in government to try and get this training mandatory in all schools and other public sectors and is hoping to have the training funded again in order to be able to deliver more and hit their target of training 1-10 members of the population.

The link is here for anyone working in schools that wants to find out more.  www.mhfaengland.org/individuals/youth/2-day

I highly recommend it!

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