The Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust is delighted to be able to provide this accredited training to support the voluntary providers who support the emotional well-being of children and young people. This is a funded 2-day programme.

What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA®)?

MHFA® is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and provide help on a first-aid basis.

About the Youth MHFAider® Two Day course

Completing the two-day course qualifies you as a MHFAider® and:

  • An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate.
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks: Mental health, Depression and anxiety, Suicide and psychosis, Self-harm and eating disorders.

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyberbullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting.

Everyone who completes the course gets an MHFA® manual to refer to whenever they need it.

What people have said about the training:

1) This was a really valuable piece of training. It provides a clear framework which you can use to suppot and signpost others. The training manual is well developed so it provides a useful resource which you can keep referring to after the course. A good list of agencies to signpost people to. Back in school now and I have already used the framework and the handbook for signposting.
Headteacher – Pennyhill Primary School

2) I am walking away with so much more than I thought, definitely more mindful of the terminology I use, being able to listen without judgement and not give advice from my own frame of reference. Having more of an understanding of the different types of mental health. Having the confidence to be able to approach and signpost people to the right support. Also that self-care is important as I always make sure everyone else if ok and usually put myself last, so making a conscious effort to have my happy hour occasionally.
High Oak Surgery, DIHC

3) Great course over the two days talking about some really tough subjects but with the help and understanding of the instructors felt I have learnt a lot and can help both our participants and staff moving forward.

When and where will the training take place?

30th and 31st of January 2024


Graiseley Family Hub Pool Street Blakenhall Wolverhampton, WV2 4NE
9th and 10th of April 2024


The Children’s Village Families Hub, Graiseley Lane, Wednesfield, WV11 1PE

Training is limited to one person per organisation.

To apply for a place, please download the expression of interest form below and return it to:

➡️ Download the Expression of Interest Form

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