Would you like to become a youth mental health first aider?

1 in 10 young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Key figures in a young persons life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.

Youth mental health first aid (MHFA) is an accredited, internationally recognised course that promotes early intervention, improves awareness of mental ill health and increases confidence in helping young people that may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

Why train as a youth mental health first aider with Thrive Mental Health?


This Youth Mental Health Training course is delivered online by an accredited MHFA England instructor and Principal Clinical Psychologist with over two decades of working in mental health.

This two-day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of youth mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of youth mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a young perosn in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills, such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young persons recovery by guiding them to further support.

Each session includes a mixture of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities and is limited to 16 people per course to ensure safety and support of each delegate.

Session 1: What is Mental Health? The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

Session 2: Depression, anxiety and self-care

Session 3: Suicide and psychosis

Session 4: Self-harm, recovery and action planning


Jessica Woolley

Dr. Jessica Woolley
Principal Clinical Psychologist

Jessica is a Principal Clinical Psychologist, with 20 years experience working across NHS Mental Health, education, sport and corporate sectors. Jessica undertook her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University, has worked in a number of NHS Trusts and is trained in a broad range of therapeutic models such as CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR and systemic practice and providing clinical supervision.

Jessica currently delivers a range of training programmes on mental health, resilience and peer support alongside projects involving working with services across the UK and Internationally to carry out service reviews and enhance their efficiency, effectiveness and safety. She has a particular interest in whole system approaches to mental wellbeing and innovative practise.

Jessica is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Health Care Professions Council.


“Jess is an incredibly skilled trainer who struck a perfect balance between delivering content professionally, with sensitivity and genuine passion for the subject matter. Love her style and feel energised & positive about going forward and sharing with others what I have gained from this. Thank you so much Jess!”
‘It is rare to be engaged over two full days of training, however the structure and delivery of the Mental Health Course was outstanding and both facilitators were very knowledgable, professional and very warm’
‘Thank you for a wonderfully designed and delivered course. I really appreciated your sensitivity towards the group and subject. Attending the course vastly improved my own wellbeing quickly’
‘An excellent course delivered to a high standard, extremely informative and fantastic for professional development’
‘Brilliant breakdown of information alongside case studies to consolidate learning. It was simply brilliant’
‘I would highly recommend this course and hope to keep in touch’


Each delegate receives:

  • A CPD certificate of attendance certifying you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider
  • A comprehensive manual and resources
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook, including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health


Mental Health Training

Mental Health Online Training

This will be an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub. Learning takes place through four live interactive training sessions with self-learning activities in between. All resources for training will be sent securely to an address of your choosing. Workbooks will be provided for activities and the manuals contain all the covered course content (and much more!). These will be yours to keep at the end of the course. If you have any additional support requirements please let us know.

Training Fees


Day Hour Minute Second

Thrive Mental Health Ltd is an international, ethical consultancy working across education, healthcare, sport and corporate sectors to improve individual, team and organisational mental health and wellbeing.