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Youth Mental Health



With one in seven teens experiencing a mental health problem at any one time (WHO, 2021) and suicide being the leading cause of death for those aged 5 to 19 (MHFA England, 2022), it is more important than ever for those who work with and support teens to familiarise themselves with the mental health needs of this susceptible population. Upon completion of our Youth Mental Health First Aid course, participants will gain all the skills and knowledge needed to safely and effectively support mental health amongst teens.

Learning Outcomes

  • To recognise the distinction between “mental health”, “mental illness” and “mental condition”.
  • To identify the social, physical and mental impact of having a mental health condition.
  • To understand the aetiology (causes) and epistemology of mental illness.
  • To improve verbal and non-verbal communication with teens experiencing mental health issues.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge needed to encourage teens to discuss their own mental health.
  • To recognise what support and services are available for signposting.
  • To learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions.
  • To recognise available strategies and resources for improving and maintaining mental health.
  • To understand the importance of promoting mental health amongst teens.
  • To recognise how the physical and mental changes of adolescence may contribute to the prevalence of mental illness and disorders.

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