Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion Training
AXA and Business in the Community (BITC) are partnering to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion training to small community organisations. This fully-funded programme is for organisations working with young people in disadvantaged communities across England. As part of AXA’s Head Coaches programme, you will be trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion. The training will help you spot common mental health issues and understand how you can best support young people experiencing these issues.
AXA partners with Business in the Community to support youth mental health
We know the number of young people struggling with their mental health and well-being is higher than ever before.1 The pandemic has exacerbated many of the triggers, including social media, academic pressure, bullying, poverty and inequality2. AXA and BITC’s partnership is looking to address this.
Since supporting the launch of BITC’s National Emergency Response Network (NBRN) in March 2020, AXA has been working with BITC to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in local communities. Through this partnership, we are delighted to be able to provide community youth leaders with a unique opportunity to benefit from AXA’s fully-funded Head Coaches programme.
What is the AXA Head Coaches programme?
The objective of the AXA Head Coaches course is to support youth leaders working with small (50 employees or under) community-based organisations, to develop greater knowledge of common mental health issues. The Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions training course will be delivered online in two half-day sessions by an AXA Health expert. There is a maximum of one or two participants per organisation. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional applications will be placed on a waiting list and considered on a case-by-case basis.
This is a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England course, provided free to community organisations via BITC’s partnership with AXA. Typically, the course would cost £200 per person.
The course will give you a wide range of skills that can be used with the young people you work with, including
- developing an understanding of common mental health issues and how they affect young people
- learning to spot signs of mental ill-health in young people and guide them to a place of support
- gaining the knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
- learning the skills to support positive wellbeing.
How is the course structured?
- The Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion Training course will be conducted online through a mix of presentations, group discussions and interactive activities.
- Each course includes two half-day sessions and pre-work.
- Both sessions must be attended to complete the course.
- Sessions are not recorded.
What do I get from the course?
- A certificate of attendance confirming you are a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion.
- A Youth Mental Health First Aid manual to refer to whenever you need it.
When are the sessions taking place?
Tuesday 5 July
Tuesday 12 July
Wednesday 13 July 13:00-15:45
Wednesday 20 July 13:00-15:45
Tuesday 19 July
Tuesday 26 July