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Supporting Young Minds

Mental health in young people: it's time to act!

The mental health of our young people is in crisis. A recent report by UNICEF Switzerland found that one in three adolescents between the ages of 14-19 is struggling with their mental health. Nearly one in two has experienced suicidal thoughts and one in eleven has acted on them. In addition, 50% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18, and 75% before the age of 25.

This is why it is so important that those working with, and caring for, young people understand more about mental illness, are trained to recognise when a young person may be struggling with their mental health, and know how and when to offer support. This will enable them to become part of a proactive prevention and early intervention approach that is vital to improve these statistics.

Who is this workshop for?

This four-and-a-half hour online workshop is aimed at those caring for, or working with, young people including parents, teachers, support staff, coaches and youth workers. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

What will it cover?
  • The adolesence rollercoaster and some key stages in adolescent development helpful when understanding ‘normal’ adolescent behaviour
  • How to recognise when a young person may be struggling
  • An overview of common mental illnesses including anxiety, depression and eating disorders
  • Key mental health emergencies including self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • How and when to offer support using the HealthFirst ACT Now framework as a guide
Who is running the workshop?

HealthFirst Directors, Dr Michelle Wright and Dr Mecky McNeil, lead the workshop. As British-qualified GP’s, they have a wealth of knowledge in this field and are experienced in delivering this training in schools and communities across Switzerland.

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Further reading and insights into the adolescent mind can be found here.

Professional and knowledgeable

“They have so much dedicated and practical experience working with many schools and young people. They are very flexible and willing to tailor the workshop to your needs. They show a high level of compassion during the workshop delivery and lots of flexibility to respond to questions. Added to this they are exceptionally caring people which I really appreciated. I could not recommend them highly enough!!”

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Carly Relf

The HealthFirst team did a superb job.

“I joined the HealthFirst webinar last week. It was an excellent hour full of very well presented background information on mental health issues as well as interactive exercises and some very useful tips for general mental health and well being.”

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Jan Livesey

Classes are very professional and well designed.

“I feel empowered and able now to offer an helping hand with real knowledge on the subject. Mental Health issue is a real issue with various forms. It might touch one day or the other someone around you or yourself. There are so many variations but once you know to identify and what to do, you can really make a difference.”

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Oly Wood

Dynamic and very competent Mental Health First Aid training.

“Emotionally tough topics were presented in a way that made participants feel safe to share some of their personal stories of mental health struggles which gave the course depth and emphasized its relevance in a special way.”

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Monika Liechti

Highly recommended

“The Mental Health courses are delivered by the HealthFirst team in an extremely professional and engaging way. The material is relevant and highly necessary in this day and age. I highly recommend the courses for anyone working with adults and youths and don't hesitate to reach out to them (as we did) for tailor made courses for professional development days.”

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