It has never been more important to support the wellbeing of London’s children and young people. Enrol on Youth Mental Health First Aid training today.

It has never been more important to support the wellbeing of children and young people.

For the last three years we have been working with Mental Health First Aid England to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) to schools and youth sector organisations across London.

To date, we have collectively worked together to train 2,350 education and youth organisation staff in YMHFA across London.

The accredited training, provided by Mental Health First Aid England, is helping ensure education and youth sector staff are skilled with the knowledge, techniques, and confidence to support young people with their mental health.

The current programme will continue until July 2021 and we want to give every school in London the opportunity to access the free YMHFA training by the start of the next school year 2021/22. We are continuing to work with partners across the city so we can get closer to this shared goal.

Enrol in a free YMHFA training course before July 2021

Both 1-day and 2-day training courses are being delivered regularly online between April and July 2021 to help meet the demand needed to support young people across the capital.

Staff or volunteers in a London based school or youth organisation can access free online training throughout May to July 2021.

How to register

Schools and youth groups can simply contact us for course details and dates, and to secure a place on a course:

Find out more

Click here for more details and FAQs about the programme for London schools and youth organisations.

What those who have attended recent courses have said

Since October 2020, YMHFA training has continued to be rolled out across London digitally. Here is just some of the feedback received from recent sessions.

  • “A very valuable course. Thorough and informative. I feel much more prepared to manage MHFA with the students in our school and more aware of where to go for support.”
  • “I have already recommended it to the rest of my team. Good, informative course. Good use of the breakout rooms and whiteboards with the online learning platform.”
  • “The course was very informative and well delivered. It has definitely given me the confidence and some useful tools to deal with a situation should it arise.”
  • “The training surpassed my expectation. I am very impressed with the quality and the wide range of participants from whom I was able to draw knowledge as well.”

Further resources to support mental health and wellbeing in schools

Support is available through a range of free resources and online tools to help people cope and stay mentally well. For more urgent help or if people feel more comfortable talking to someone they don’t know, then explore the following helplines.

Additionally, education and youth sector staff may find the following resources helpful: 

  • Good Thinking: London’s digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking, has been supporting Londoners with their mental health and emotional wellbeing throughout the pandemic. There are now specific resources aimed at young people (aged 13-18).
  • Building emotional resilience: We know that resilient individuals, families, and communities are more able to deal with difficulties and adversities than those with less resilience. Thrive LDN’s 20-minute training video, delivered by NHS GP, Dr Radha Modgil, offers practical ideas and inspiration about how people can strengthen their ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances.
  • Wellbeing guidance in community languages: Thrive LDN has partnered with Doctors of the World to produce wellbeing guidance in 35 community languages. The guidance is supporting communities seek relevant help and information in a language more familiar to them.
  • Mental Health in Schools Toolkit: This provides a wide range of information and guidance for school leaders and staff on how to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health within schools. View the toolkit here.