Youth MHFA in Schools

Youth Mental Health First Aid Programme

Recognising the increasing prevalence of mental health challenges in children and young people, the Leicestershire Healthy Schools Programme has allocated a significant amount of funding for schools across Leicestershire and Rutland to participate in a Youth Mental Health First Aid Programme. The training that is accredited by MHFA England will support school-staff to recognise early signs of poor mental wellbeing and improve staff confidence to provide early support.

The programme, that will be made of up of twelve separate cohorts and is free of charge, is set to Launch on 1st November 2021. Each participant on the programme will:

  • Receive the full two-day MHFA England training to become a fully qualified Youth Mental Health First-Aider (including MHFA England Certificate) valued at £300.00 per person
  • MHFA Manual & Workbook
  • MHFA Resources
  • Access to two network sessions delivered by a MHFA England Trainer and a Health Improvement Officer (Public Health)
  • Receive a Healthy Schools Plus award in Youth MHFA (on completion of the full programme)

Programme Details

Youth MHFA 2-Day Training (Accredited by MHFA England)

This two-day course trains you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • 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 ​

Network Session 1

1.5-hour session delivered by MHFA trainer and a Health Improvement Officer (Public Health) covering:

  • Recap MHFA learning
  • Review school mental health policy / practice
  • Discuss challenges in school, e.g. pupil anxiety
  • Discuss Whole School Approach to embed MHFA learning and in-school delivery
  • Agree 2-3 schools to present case studies of work involving MHFA at Network Session 2
  • Thorough review of local external support services

Network Session 2

1-hour session delivered by MHFA trainer and a Health Improvement Officer (Public Health) covering:

  • Brief recap of MHFA learning
  • Share changes schools may have made to policy / practice
  • Share experiences of in-school delivery, e.g. short staff presentations
  • Share case studies of MHFA being used in school
  • Discuss opportunities to share learning to wider school, e.g. how to discuss in team meetings, INSET days
  • Receive HS Plus Award in Youth MHFA for school to showcase their achievements and commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils with their school community

Healthy Schools Plus award in Youth MHFA

All participants that complete the full Youth MHFA Programme will be eligible to receive the Healthy Schools Plus Award for their school.

This award showcases the schools achievements and commitment to support all pupils mental health and wellbeing within the school community. On achievement of this award, the school will receive:

  • a digital and paper-based HS+ Youth MHFA certificate
  • HS+ Digital Toolkit
  • HS+ Physical Toolkit
  • 2-year Licensed use of HS+ media for promotion
  • School recognition on HS Website

Please see Youth MHFA Programme process and checklist below for full details.


Request to join a Cohort on the Youth MHFA Programme

Please complete the form below and a member of the Healthy Schools team will get back to you.

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For emergencies / urgent contact only

1. You must provide at least 20 working days of notice to cancel your booking once it has been confirmed OR arrange a replacement within 5 working days of programme commencement. Failure to meet the terms will result in the associated costs of £300.00 being recovered from your employer.