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Youth Mental Health First Aid - MELBOURNE - Nth Fitzroy Library



$220 - $1300 AUD + BF

$220 - $1300 AUD + BF

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Mark Smith

Youth Mental Health First Aid - MELBOURNE - Nth Fitzroy Library

Date and Time

Thu 14th Nov 2019, 10:15 am - Fri 15th Nov 2019, 5:45 pm


Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
182-186 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, Australia

Event description


This course runs 10.15am to 5.45pm on Thursday 14th AND Friday 15th November 2019 - 14 Hours / 2 Days

Australian Government health data indicates that about 1 in 6 adolescents meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis in any given year!

What is YMHFA?

YMHFA teaches PRACTICALEASY TO IMPLEMENT and EVIDENCED BASED strategies to support a young person experiencing a mental health problem, worsening of a problem or a crisis.

Every adult who lives or works with adolescents should do this course!

The great news is that effective early strategies can greatly reduce the chances of a mental health problem effecting relationships, educational opportunity and general well-being or contributing to other social problems. There has been considerable research done around the effectiveness of this training. Many high profile people have advocated for this course, including POTUS Barack Obama and Michelle Obama advocated for this course to address mental health issues in American Schools. MHFA was developed in Australia, but is now taught in 30 countries worldwide.

Modules covered include: Adolescent Development, Communication with Young People, Australian Mental Health Data, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Eating Disorders, Substance Misuse Disorders, Suicide Prevention, Responses to Trauma, Psychosis, Aggressive Behaviour and Deliberate Self Injury.

Learn more about the 14 Hour YMHFA Course at our website

Our Instructor

Do the Youth MHFA Course with Mark Smith, Principal Master MHFA Instructor!

Mark's CV includes High School Deputy Principal, Special Education Teacher and a broad range of youth and disability support roles. Mark is also a highly experienced MHFA Instructor. Mark is approachable, knowledgeable and utilises humour and significant personal narratives to engage participants in the course material. Mark works for MHFA International as a consultant trainer of MHFA Instructors. Mark's deep insights into adolescents, mental health and education combine to provide participants with a unique experience in this training.

There are testimonials at our website

YMHFA has been proven through research to increase understanding of common Mental Health problems. YMHFA training has even been proven to lower the incidence of mental health problems among those people who have been trained!

Courses include morning tea, participants must self cater lunch or purchase at school canteen or local outlets

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Mark Smith is an educational leader with extensive experience working in a diverse range of schools and youth focused organisations. Mark has been a special education teacher, head teacher and deputy principal for over 20 years. Mark has also worked in hospitals and youth and disability organisations in direct care and advocacy roles. Mark is a consultant trainer with MHFA International, in this role Mark works with the highly acclaimed team who developed the MHFA program that has now been adopted in over 25 countries. Mark's expertise in delivering MHFA Programs comes from deep insights into adolescents, mental health and education to provide participants with a unique training experience. Mark is highly engaging, utilises humour and shares personal narratives to support participant learning. Participant feedback - July 2018 - "Mark was the most engaging presenter of any course I have attended in my 40 years in education. He had the right mix of knowledge, experience and background combined with a personality that kept very heavy topics sufficiently light to digest.​​"

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