Youth mental health first aid instructors
Every school and youth club has at least one qualified first aider to help injured children. Now staff from these organisations can also be trained to give mental health first aid to support young people showing signs of mental or emotional distress.
A dozen Hertfordshire professionals completed training last March to become instructors in youth mental health first aid (MHFA), which means that they can train others to support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.
Mental Health First Aid England trained staff from Public Health, Youth Connexions, Herts for Learning, colleges, the School Nursing Service and other agencies. These staff are now equipped with the skills and knowledge required to deliver the evidence-based MHFA youth training programme and raise awareness of emotional health issues and how people can best support 8 to 18 year-olds experiencing difficulties. Already more than 400 youth mental health first aiders have been trained.
East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Herts Valleys CCG and Hertfordshire County Council are working in partnership to improve children and young people’s mental health services following a major review in 2015. They have developed a joint transformation plan which has been backed by £2m national funding to improve services over the next five years. One of the plan’s priorities is to focus on prevention and early intervention, giving children and young people good emotional and wellbeing support.
To find out about accessing training, email firstname.lastname@example.org