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A comprehensive course for any adult who lives or works with adolescents
Youth MHFA is now available as Face to Face or Online Delivery


Why do the 14 Hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course?

Have you ever noticed an adolescent or young adult experiencing distress, and wanted to reach out more effectively?

Gain skills and confidence with a Youth MHFA Course!


Australian Government health studies indicate that about 2 in 5 adolescents will meet criteria for some type of mental illness in any given year. 


The 14 Hour Youth MHFA course teaches PRACTICAL and EVIDENCED BASED skills to assess, approach and assist a young person developing a mental health problem or in a crisis situation.

We place a great deal of importance in schools and youth organisations to learn regular first aid, yet mental health problems are far more common among young people than physical health problems. 

This training is essential for teachers, school staff, parents and youth workers. The course is designed and accessible to any adult who lives or works with adolescents.

Mark Smith is a leading instructor of the Youth MHFA program. In his role with MHFA International as a consultant trainer, Mark is entrusted with the responsibility of training and assessing new Youth MHFA Instructors. Mark has been delivering Youth MHFA courses from July 2010.

Mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Substance use problems

  • Eating disorders​

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use

  • Severe psychotic states

  • Aggressive behaviours

Face to Face or Online Youth MHFA?

Safer Communities recommends attending a face to face course if you are able to make it to one of our training locations.​ See our Face to Face and Online dates here.


Online training provides access to those living away from our training locations and also flexibility to those with busy schedules.



All the same content is covered in both delivery modes

Participants are able to be accredited for three years as a MHFAider

Participants receive a hard copy of the Youth MHFA Training Manual



Online mode involves two components:

Component One: Self-paced eLearning Modules (5 Hours approx) 

Component Two: 3 x 2.5 Hour Workshop Webinars delivered by Zoom (This component can be done Face to Face by negotiation for larger groups - 15 or more)

Face to Face mode is completed in 2 days (14 Hours)

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