Youth Mental Health First Aid

17 January 2018

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind will be delivering the Youth Mental Health First Aid qualifcation from January 2018.

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

The first two day Youth Mental Health First Aid course will take place on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January from 9am to 5pm in Seamer, Scarborough and is offered at a reduced cost of £100 per place. The course is open to anyone supporting, or interested in supporting young people with their mental health.

Once completed, those who take part will become a qualified mental health first aider so they can listen, reassure and respond to help speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health problem getting worse.

The specialist qualification undertaken by SWR Mind trainer Natalie Clark, was made possible using some of the £3,500 in sponsorship money collected in memory of Scarborough man Gary Sheffield who passed away in 2016. His family and friends took on the challenge of the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k Road Race in October 2016. A keen runner himself, Gary volunteered over many years in care services where he gained great satisfaction from supporting children and adults with a range of disabilities and mental health problems.

Record numbers of young people are struggling with their mental health with one in 10 young people experiencing a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5 to 19 suicide is the second most common cause of death.

We are delighted that some of this phenomenal amount raised can be put to such good use and hope that as many people as possible take part in the course over the coming years. Young people in Scarborough face many challenges that can impact negatively on their wellbeing and we hope to train first aiders in all areas of community life to provide the best support possible.

Registration for the course is vital as places are limited. Anyone wanting to register for the course should call Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind on (01723) 356562 or email

What is covered in the course?

During the two day course, your will learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue in young people

  • Feel confident helping a young person experiencing mental ill health

  • Provide help on a first aid basis

  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm

  • Help prevent a mental health issue from getting worse

  • Help a young person recover faster

  • Guide a young person towards the right support

  • Reduce the stigma of mental health issues.

For more information about the course, check out Mental Health First Aid Englad at