Congratulations to the first 10 Cambridgeshire Scouts leaders trained as Youth Mental Health First Aiders last weekend!

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. The course recognises that many of our young people can be affected by poor mental health for a variety of reasons and will need someone who can support and guide them.

This two day “Mental Health First Aiders” course provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable chunks:

  •  What is mental health?
  •  Depression and anxiety
  •  Suicide and psychosis
  •  Self-harm and eating disorders

The training focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors.

Completing the two day course qualifies participants as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

The Grey Dog Trust in Northamptonshire have received funding to offer the MHFA Youth course to schools and youth groups free of charge. They contacted Cambridgeshire Scouts through the county website to offer the grant funded course to scouting volunteers.
The first event saw 10 leaders from across the County complete the two day course in Newmarket and Fordham over the 18/19 January. Feedback has been really positive, such as “excellent use of specialist outside (of scouting) trainer for a subject that is non-scouting specific but by its nature requires good, clear, up to date input on” and “The tutor was lovely – bright and engaging. She helped us wade through large quantities of information in an enjoyable and insightful manner, whilst guiding us to the key elements that related to our roles. “ 
The next two courses are already open for bookings:
There will be another on the 11/12 July, with bookings open once  venue had been confirmed – just check the calendar for details in due course.
Any queries about mental health support, or inclusion in general, should be directed to caroline.spaxman@cambridgeshirescouts.org.uk