When I was starting out in my youth work career I saw just how much need there was in many of the young people I was working with. Particularly, I saw the early signs of mental health becoming a problem for a lot of them. Withdrawal, family issues, anger I could see it as clear as day… I just wasn’t sure how to approach them about what I was seeing. I attended a mental health first aid course in 2007 and from that time on I have had confidence in how to support young people experiencing mental health problems.
Since 2016 I have taught the Youth Mental Health First Aid course to dozens of groups of people from all walks of life. School teachers, social workers, youth workers, pastors, community leaders and concerned citizens. One teacher said of the course, “it was a very informative two days, the content was presented in a really understandable way. This course has given me the knowledge and vocabulary to further support my students”.
A community leader in a recent course said, “It was just what me and my team needed as we are dealing with many 'at-risk' young people in our town every week”.
A youth worker in our last course said, “This was one of the best courses I have attended. Although the subject matter was at times difficult it was handled in a clear but empathetic way. I believe the learning I got from this course will positively impact me personally and professionally”.
In 2017 I trained over 100 people to implement the ALGEE framework with young people who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or who are in a mental health crisis. Our goal for 2018 is to train over 300 people to support young people. Will you be one of them? As one participant says, “It’s a wonderful training course to take part in, covering a range of mental health issues. We were provided with clear insight and action plans to follow if we were dealing with a mental health problem. It was beneficial to learn about ALGEE and practice applying this when learning about the different course content”.Aaron Garth
Ultimate Youth Worker
Most of all you will understand how you are able to get alongside your young people using a tried and tested framework that has been taught to over 2-million people worldwide. You will gain the confidence to have a conversation with young people that will lead to transformation. You will be prepared for the hard conversations. You will recognize the best treatment options available to young people and learn how to refer them to the right person.
Over the two days you get many opportunities to practice the skills you need to be able to effectively support a young person experiencing mental health problems. Best of all you get the peace of mind that you will be able to help the young people in your life when they need it most.
If you really want to support young people when they are facing the difficulties in their life, then this course is for you.