Best Friends


One in ten children will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder

before the age of 15.

For those aged 15 to 24 years, suicide is the second most common cause of death, accounting for 19% of all deaths in this age group.

Mental health and emotional issues often develop during adolescence or early adulthood. Half of young adults with mental health disorders have a psychiatric disorder by 15, and nearly 75% had done so by their late teens.

Mental ill health in childhood can have affects on personal development, educational attainment, and social inclusivity.  Being supported by an understanding adult is key to recovery.

As a globally recognised training course, Youth MHFA is designed to teach staff, volunteers and parents how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health. The training gives people the skills and confidence to safely address mental health issues in young people aged 8 to 18, with a strong practical focus on how to support a young person experiencing mental distress. Youth MHFA does not teach people to be therapists or replace long term support. Instead, it gives people the tools to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues

  • Intervene early to provide initial help and reassurance

  • Guide a young person to access appropriate professional support, for a faster recovery

  • Stop preventable issues arising by building a supportive culture of wellbeing

  • Embed positive, long term cultural change in policy and procedure

  • Proactively support their own wellbeing and that of their colleagues

We offer both the two day Mental Health First Aid training to become a qualified youth mental health first aider, and the half day mental health aware course which we recommend for everyone working with young people. These can be taken as an on-line or face-to-face course.  We are happy to work with your school to find the optimal time to run these courses.

Contact us for more information and pricing, with a special discount for group bookings.