Preserving and improving youth mental health is considered an important inspiration to protect wellbeing and increase productivity. Globally more than 20% of young people are vulnerable to mental health problems. There are many reasons mental health problems affect young people as they do not seek help due to fears about lack of confidentiality, stigma, their desire to have self-reliance, and overall lack of knowledge. In recognising perceiving the after effects of mental health problems, and lack of knowledge for the availability of medical help, people who are caring for young people need to consider the Youth Mental Health First Aid training (YMHFA) program.
Mental health definition.
World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to his or her community”.
What is YMHFA training?
YMHFA is a training program in which adults are being trained on how to help a young person who is in the process of acquiring mental health disorders or whose mental health problem is worsening. First Aid is the initial stage interaction with the young person, who is suffering from mental health issues by having a conversation, and supporting the young person to get the support they require.
Mental health problems impact the young person’s life. This includes their education, relationship with their friends, family and community, work, and their development. Impacts of the mental health problems can be reduced by recognising at earlier stages with intervention at the right time by adopting First Aid. This training program can be found beneficial for youth and other employees to protect their near and dear ones or colleagues.
We should be aware of the warning signs of young person’s developing mental problem. Some of these signs could be:
- Irritable mood and long-lasting feeling of sadness
- Variable extremes of high and low mood swings
- Excessive phobia, worry, or anxiety
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Remarkable variations in eating or sleeping patterns.
Did you know WHS and Training Compliance Solutions offer Onsite Youth Mental Health First Aid Training? All organisations especially organisations working with young people should provide their employees First Aid Training to assist their employees and the growth of their organisation to get the below benefits.
Benefits of YMHFA training
- Helps in identifying the early warning signs of mental health problems in youth
- Support for affected youth to prevent the mental conditions from becoming worse
- Providing knowledge to young people about the risk factors arising from mental health problems
- Assisting in recovery from mental disorders
- Assisting the young person to liaise with mental health professionals
- Keeping communication with the youth person regularly to assist them
- Assisting young person to get help in order to build for coping strategies
- Motivating the young person for mental health awareness
- Breaking the clutches of stigma on mental illnesses
Mental illness has a major impact on youth population’s health and well-being, both in the short and long term. This YMHFA course can be given to adults who are regularly interacting with or have certain responsibilities related to adolescents and youth groups in the institutions and organisations.
WHS and Training Compliance Training have been working for a long time with various organisations. These training programs can help the organisations to a great extent by increasing the productivity, boosting the morale of the employees, and may turn the workplace into a happier and healthier workforce. Some of our client’s roll out the YMHFA course to the families of their students. This way the school and the families can be of the same understanding, provide assistance where required, and understand the importance of giving help.
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