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How does the Youth MHFA differ from the Standard MHFA course?

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is designed specifically for adults helping young people. YMHFA has a focus on the impact of mental illness on adolescent development, including how it can interfere with academic achievement, puberty, developing relationships and long-term mental health.

It differs from the Standard course as it includes extra components in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and eating disorders, thereby making it a longer course to deliver (14 hours compared with 12 for Standard).

It also focuses on understanding the differences in mental health symptoms, versus what could be normal teenage behaviour (moodiness, tiredness, etc.). The YMHFA course teaches you skills and understanding of early intervention, as the impact of mental health problems can become something that continues to have an impact on young people throughout their lives.

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