Date(s) - 01/07/2021
Online via Zoom
***Please check back soon for details of our next Youth MHFA course.***
What’s Youth MHFA?
This nationally-recognised qualification will develop your 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. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. The course won’t teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group, at RSY-Netzer events and in your synagogue community.
The course involves 4 online sessions, each lasting 2-2½ hours, and you will be expected to do 1-1½ hours prep before each session – this includes some reading and short films. In total the course is about 15 hours, which is the same as the two-day in-person course. You will need to attend all 4 sessions in full and complete the online preparatory activities to complete the course and gain your certificate.
Who is this for?
Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. RSY-Netzer and Reform Judaism are committed to promoting wellbeing and positive mental health, and are delighted to be able to offer this FREE to our leaders – madrichim, youth workers, cheder teachers, Rabbis and anyone else working with young people. We hope that at the end of the course you will feel comfortable to act as a Mental Health First Aider in RSY-Netzer or your community, and offer support as a physical first aider would do. This course is open to anyone aged 18+ who has led with us before – we will run the course again so if you can’t do it this time, hopefully there will be another opportunity.
When will this take place?
Please check back soon for the dates of the next course.
If you have any questions please email Sharon Daniels (SDaniels@rjuk.org).