What is Mental Health First Aid? Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Everyone who completes this two day course receives a Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it.
Attendees should be working with children aged 8 – 18 years.
Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor.
This is a two day non-residential course.
To focus on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and to teach how to promote protective factors and good parenting.
To qualify as a Youth Mental Health First Aider by completing this two day course.
Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:
- An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
- Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
- Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
About the Presenter
Lorraine Petersen OBE, Educational Consultant
Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
As a result, Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them.
During her time as CEO of nasen, Lorraine worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership (formally the Teaching Agency) and UKTI. She has been a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences (that as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations).
In 2009 Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education.
In 2010 Lorraine was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Education Research Awards and in 2013 the Outstanding Achievement Award at BETT
In 2013 Lorraine established Lorraine Petersen Educational Consultancy and currently works independently, delivering training and supporting schools and local authorities with their SEND policy and practice.
In 2015 Lorraine successfully completed the IPSEA SEN Foundation Legal Training and has been appointed as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.
In 2016 Lorraine became an Advocate of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Lorraine is currently Director of Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance and is a Governor at Chadsgrove School.
Lorraine has recently undertaken training to become a Mental Health First Aider Instructor.
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