ensa Mental HealthFirst Aid Focus Youth
The scale of the problem
A recent report by UNICEF Switzerland found that one in three young people between the ages of 14-19 are struggling with their mental health. Nearly one in two have experienced suicidal thoughts and one in eleven have acted on them. In addition, 50% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18 and 75% before the age of 25.
The transition from youth to adulthood is a particularly vulnerable phase. The physical, neurobiological, cognitive and psychological changes that adolescents go through can be very challenging. Too often, the symptoms of mental distress in adolescence are confused with issues related to puberty and not recognized as symptoms of mental illness.
This is why it is so important that those working with, and caring for, young people understand more about mental illness and are part of the prevention and early intervention approach that is needed to begin to improve these shocking statistics.
What is ensa Mental Health First Aid Focus Youth?
The ensa Mental Health First Aid Focus Youth course is aimed at adults who want to learn how to provide First Aid to young people entrusted to their care who are struggling with their mental health. This includes parents, teachers, school counsellors, youth group leaders and other support staff.
Over 14 hours, participants learn about the most common mental illnesses and crises affecting young people, how to proactively reach out to an adolescent in mental distress, listen to them non-judgementally and encourage them to seek professional help.
How is the training organised?
The 14 hours of training can be run face-to-face over 2 full days or 4 half days in your school. We can also offer this training online.
Participants will learn interactively with plenty of opportunity to role play and participate in small-group exercises. Questions will be answered by our experienced trainers who are all doctors, nurses, and midwives.
After a short post-course test, successful participants receive an ensa Mental Health First Aider Focus Youth certificate which is recognized internationally and valid for 3 years. After that, a short refresher course must be taken to maintain ensa Mental Health First Aider status.
"Far too often, the symptoms of mental distress in adolescence are confused with issues related to puberty and not recognized as symptoms of an illness."
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