Youth MHFA in Schools Programme

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.

This three year programme launched in Easter 2017 is fully funded by the Department of Health with a value of £200 per person trained. In the programme’s first year we aim to train a member of staff in over 1000 secondary schools to become a Youth MHFA Champion – someone with the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people and guide them to a place of support. By the end of 2020 every secondary school in England will 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.

MHFA training courses were first developed in Australia in 2000. In the years since it has evolved into a global movement with licensed programmes in 25 countries and counting. Over 2.6 million people have been trained in MHFA skills worldwide. You can find out more about international MHFA programmes at mhfainternational.org. MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.