Youth Mental Health First Aid
What is Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)?
Quotes from young people:
“Many young people feel isolated and the more people that are trained to listen the better.”
“It would be great to get more teachers, school nurses and staff trained up in this.”
“If you go into hospital with a broken leg, you get the cards, visitors and gifts. Go in with mental distress and you’re usually on your own.”
In-house YMHFA courses
YMHFA aims to help participants:
- Preserve life where a young person may be a danger to themselves or others
- Provide help to prevent mental distress developing into a more serious state
- Promote recovery of good mental health
- Provide comfort to a young person experiencing mental distress
YMHFA (Wales) course covers:
- Mental health first aid
- Common mental health problems
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Eating disorders
- Non-fatal deliberate self-harming behaviour
Participants will learn:
- The signs and symptoms of these mental health problems
- Where and how to get help
- What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective
Course Tutor - Bethan Roberts
Bethan is an associate trainer and consultant of Diverse Cymru. She is a Wales Government Approved Mental Health First Aid Instructor and regularly delivers the Mental Health First Aid course and the Youth Mental Health First Aid course. She runs Equality Act 2010 and other equality and diversity courses. Bethan is a ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction’ teacher, an Employment Tribunal Member.
Bethan worked for over 15 years in three former statutory equality commissions. One of her roles was managing casework, dealing with cases of disability discrimination in employment and service provision. From 2005 to 2011 she was a tutor on the Cardiff University course on Employment Tribunal Skills and Discrimination Law.
Her qualifications include a degree in Economics, an MSc in Health Economics, an MA in Women’s Studies and an MSc in Equality and Diversity.