Youth Mental Health Aware course

This introductory three hour session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

  • Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences


This is a three hour course delivered either face-to-face or via online video conferencing

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities

We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn


Everyone who completes the session gets:

  • A certificate to say you are Youth Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it

“I learned to show more empathy, to have more confidence in asking questions and talking about mental health.”

Course structure

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

What is mental health

Stigma and discrimination

protective and risk factors case studies

Signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people

Protective and risk factors

Mental health continuum

Self-harm and suicide

Stress container

Hand model of the brain

Take time together

Signposting to professional and self-help



Self-awareness and self-care

Action for happiness: GREAT DREAM

PERSONAL pledge and wider perspective