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Free mental health first aid training for secondary schools

Every secondary school in England is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through the Youth MHFA in Schools programme.

The programme trains school staff to become Youth MHFA Champions (someone with the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people and guide them to a place of support) and is fully funded by the Department of Health.

This three year programme launched in Easter 2017 and is fully funded by the Department of Health with a value of £200 per person trained. In the first year of the programme more than 100 Youth MHFA One Day courses were delivered, training over 1,200 school staff as Youth MHFA Champions - someone with the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people and guide them to a place of support.

A similar number of courses will be delivered in years two and three of the programme, at the end of which all state secondary schools in England will have been have been offered the opportunity to attend this training. This is a major step forward in our campaign to ensure that every school has access to Youth MHFA training - and our social mission to train one in ten people in Mental Health First Aid skills.

If you work in or with a school that would be willing to host a training course we would love to hear from you. In return the school will be offered up to four additional places per course. Please register your interest by emailing schools@mhfaengland.org telling us where in England the school is located.

More information can be found at https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/schools-programme/

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