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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Date: 20th February 2021

Facilitator: Ruth O'Sullivan


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Face to Face Course

Workshop Duration:

2 day - face 2 face

(Saturday 20 & 27 February 2021)

Workshop Time:

9:30 – 16:30 each day


$250.00 including morning tea, all associated handouts, a copy of the YMHFA manual and a certificate of attendance.


Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Workshop Outline:

The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

 The developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance misuse

The mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Workshop Outcomes:

At the completion of this workshop, participants will have:

A Copy of the Youth MHFA Manual

Certificate of Completion


Some of the great feedback we received about this event:

“Great introduction to mental health and young people, I really enjoyed the two days”

“The course was very good, comprehensive and informative”

“The presentation method and use of first hand experiences by the presenters was a considerable strength of this course”

“A great course to help respond to adolescents with a MI”

“The short acronym ALGEE (action plan) is easy to understand and apply in real life situations. Good use of ice breaks and interactive learning to help with the energy levels”

“I found this workshop very helpful and appreciated the input from the presenters and other attendees”

“I really enjoyed the video examples, work sheets, group work and the presenters giving real-life examples”

“This course was very positive with and excellent overview of MH needs relating to youth”

“This workshop was evidence based and was up to date”

Facilitator Bio:

Ruth O’Sullivan

Ruth is currently working as a Peer Rehabilitation Worker Supervisor within Queensland Health providing up to date/current work practices. Ruth has also worked as a resource worker at Kyabra Community Association which is a well-regarded Non-Government Organisation and as a Carer Consultant with Child and Youth Mental Health Services on the Gold Coast.

Ruth has completed Program Development and Facilitation (PDF) and has gained experience in management of groups and good course delivery skills. She has a Bachelor of Social Science, completed two subjects of the Masters in Mental Health, is a Wellways - Building a Better Future facilitator and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Her special interest is facilitating YMHFA to family members and Carers of people with Mental Health difficulties. Ruth is a master instructor having conducted over 30 YMHFA courses.

Workshop Cancellations:


By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend this workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.