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Emotional First Aid

Young People Emotional First Aid

For staff working with young people aged 11 – 25. The course focuses on early identification and intervention of emotional problems, helping staff see behaviour as a solution to emotional distress and taking a step towards the young person to find helpful strategies before more severe problems develop.

The course will offer an overview of mental health and wellbeing in relation to young people with material and in depth discussion utilising reflection in practice, humanistic approaches and systemic principles. A supplementary booklet and DVD “Me & U: My Emotions Understood” written a produced by a group of young people who have experienced mental health problems forms a back drop to the course material.


  • To promote positive emotional health
  • To provide support and reassurance
  • To aid in accessing appropriate services
  • To undertake risk assessment to prevent harm to self or to/ from others
  • To create a partnership with the young person: find strategies (getting through it together)
  • Assist in early detection and intervention of emotional distress
  • Reduce stigma; Increase knowledge and skill base


Session 1:
What is Emotional First Aid? – Introducing participants to the concept of EFA and to start to understand behaviour as a solution to emotional distress.

Session 2:
Anxiety & Depression – Understanding the concepts of Anxiety and Depression as the two most common mental health difficulties experienced by young people and how they present in terms of Physical, Thoughts and Behaviour.

Session 3:
Engaging with a Young Person – Practical based session focussing on key skills we use to engage with a young person with a practical listening skills exercise.

Session 4:
Enabling Strategies – Practical session, participants will bring in and share their strategies used to engage with young people and help them through their emotional distress.

Session 5:
Understanding Risk – Focussing on the 3 main categories of Risk: To Self, From Others, To Others. Participants will also be invited to workshop a case study.

Session 6:
Looking After Ourselves – How We look after ourselves as Emotional First Aiders; identifying how the work affects us and exploring our own stress management.

The course costs £300 per person, based on a cohort of no more than 12 participants, delivered by two facilitators.

Primary EFA Parent EFA Emotional First Aid all Young People EFA Peer EFA

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