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Head First Ltd

Supporting Children’s Mental Health is increasingly important. 

Many young people are struggling with mental health issues and need support from parents, teachers and a wide range of adults who may have day to day contact with them.

Helping you to help them!

Our Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

Head First offer a half day, full day and 2 day course which vary in the qualification you receive and the content covered.

Which course is right for me?

“Dave was an excellent instructor – supportive, engaging and practical. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering undertaking the course.”

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

2 day course

The most comprehensive MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Course for those interested in young people aged 8-18.

This course allows delegates to act as Youth Mental Health First Aiders.

Youth Mental Health Champion Course

1 Day Course

Less time-intensive than the full 2-day course, but allowing for more depth than the introductory course.

This course allows qualification as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion.

Youth Mental Health Aware Course

Half-day course

For those who want a short introduction to the area or who want a brief awareness session. Less time-intensive than the other courses offered.

This corse allows for qualification as Youth Mental Health Aware.

Dave Miller

Head First Ltd Director, Dave Miller, likes to take the lead on these courses, given his experience, knowledge and passion for supporting the needs of young people.

This has been demonstrated over a 25-year career as a teacher, pastoral leader, Middle Manager, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Senior Leader in UK Secondary Schools. 


Dave is an ideal trainer for the Youth MHFA course.

Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Young People’s Mental Health Conditions

Youth Depression

Depression can affect young people in different ways, but it can affect many aspects of a young person’s life.  Depressed young people will often feel negatively about themselves, their surroundings, their friends and family and about their future.  Read more…

Child Suicide

Child suicide is one of the most emotive areas of mental health.

In common with other mental health conditions, it must be remembered that suicidal behaviour runs on a continuum, ranging from having the idea of suicide (ideation) to the actual ending of life (suicide).  Read more…

Youth Anxiety

For young people, anxiety is usually triggered by stress.  This can result from environmental factors like dealing with a traumatic event or the fluctuations in personal relationships, to the worries at school or with finances.  In addition, medical factors can also impact on a young person’s anxiety, including asthma, infections, illness and side effects from medication.  Read more…


Psychosis is the general term used to describe a mental health issue where a young person experiences changes in thinking, perception, mood and behaviour, which can seriously disrupt their life.  Indeed, a young person experiencing psychosis will find maintaining relationships difficult as well as to concentrate on day to day school and life activities and looking after themselves adequately on a daily basis.  Read more…


Self-harm can manifest itself in many different ways, from cutting, burning, picking at skin, hair-pulling, hitting hard objects, drinking harmful substances and risk-taking behaviour.  Read more…

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders involve a disturbance of eating habits or weight-control behaviour which result in the impairment to physical health or which affects a young person’s psychological and/or social functioning.  Read more…

Our Approach & Philosophy

Head First’s mission

To teach effective Youth Mental Health First Aid skills to enable young people to have the best chance of a mentally healthy life.

Major surveys of the Children’s Mental Health in England were carried out in 1999, 2004 and most recently, in 2017. In the latest survey, commissioned by NHS Digital, over 9,000 young people were included ages 2-19 and the results published in November 2018.  There has been a long-standing realisation that many young people with a mental health concern go unnoticed in their day to day lives. The 2017 survey highlighted that in 2017, one in eight young people aged 5-19, had at least one mental health disorder when assessed in 2017 and one in twenty met the criteria for two or more mental health disorders.


Head First Ltd is a training company and does not, therefore, provide direct support to individual young people for their Mental Health needs. 


Resource links to support mental health first aid including:

Talking Tips

Sources of Stress

Self-care Tips

Weekly well-being checks

Powerpoints and posters


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