Under a new programme, every school in London will have access to a Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider) by 2021. Youth MHFAiders are trained individuals who can recognise the crucial warning signs and symptoms of poor mental health in young people and can guide a young person to the appropriate support.

How will it work?

The programme will first increase the number of Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors in London, by providing 100 funded places on the Youth MHFA Instructor Training programme, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Once qualified, these instructors will go on to deliver Youth MHFA Two Day courses, initially seeing training delivered to approximately 2,000 school staff and peer mentors.

A robust evaluation of Year 1 activity will be delivered to determine activity in years 2 and 3.

How to sign up

If you are interested in enrolling on Youth MHFA Instructor Training through this programme or represent a school wishing to access a Youth MHFA Two Day course please contact us at youthmhfa@thriveldn.co.uk.

Find out more

Click here for more details about the London schools programme