Would you know how to help?

Let’s start with the statistics. One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17. 

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:

  • Seven are likely to have been bullied

  • Six may be self-harming

  • One could have experienced the death of a parent

Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressuresocial media,  bullyingpovertylack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.

It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help. Learn to support young people

The Tower Hamlets Offer

Funding from The London Mayor’s Fund has enabled us to work in partnership with THRIVE London to support all schools, colleges and 6th form institutions in Tower Hamlets to access fully funded 2 day training course that will enable access to at least one Mental Health First Aider to support Children and Young People. We are also opening up limited number of places for local youth services and children’s centres.

Andrew McBroom is a teacher who has benefited from training in Mental Health First Aid. Here he talks about how he uses the skills in his everyday work. Learn more about MHFA training in education at

What does the the 2 day course offer?

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you 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. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

The courses 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 or community.

Let's create a future where mental health is treated as a normal part of life, in the same way as physical health. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.

How do I book?

It is envisaged that individual staff members book on the courses themselves as the application form requires them to state their learning aim from the training. Below are dates available for the course, all the courses are run across 2 weeks, and refreshment and lunch provided. Click on the date to register your place:

Monday 23rd September & Tuesday 24th September 2019, 0900 - 1700 - St Luke's Church of England Primary school Saunders Ness Rd Isle of Dogs, E14 3EB- FULLY BOOKED

Monday 7th October & Monday 14th October 2019, 0900 - 1700 - Stepney Green School, Ben Jonson Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4SD- FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 21st November and Thursday 28th November 2019 0900-1700 - Mile End Education Center, Bancroft Road, London E1 4DG



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