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Youth Mental Health First Aid


The Ewanrigg Local Trust are offering Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in the Ewanrigg Community Centre.
Courses provide:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover by guiding them to further support
  • Tools to look after your own mental well-being


  • Who delivers the training?

    The training is delivered by Ann-Marie Steel, who is a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer with Mental Health First Aid England. Ann-Marie Steel is employed by the Ewanrigg Local Trust and works in Maryport.

  • How long does the training take?

    There are 2 courses on offer in the Community Centre.

    1. The ‘Lite’ course.

      This is a three hour introductory course designed to increase awareness of young people’s mental health and some of the issues that can affect this age group.

    2. Two Day – Youth Mental Health First Aid course

      This provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable sessions.

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

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

  • Can anyone attend the trainings?

    The training is ideal for anyone who lives with, looks after, supports, teaches, supervises or volunteers with young people aged under 18.

    Attendees need to be aged 16 years and over.

  • What do other people say about the course?

    “Well delivered course. Very informative and helpful. Feel well equipped to help a young person experiencing mental health issues. Made me think twice about the language we all use and our general thoughts towards mental health. Everyone should do this course.”

    “A very well structured and excellently delivered course with helpful support materials to take away. Thoroughly enjoyable, exhausting but exhilarating.”

  • Do I need any prior experience or knowledge?

    No, just a willingness to learn.

  • Do I have to complete an exam?


  • Is there lots of written work?

    No. The course is made up of visual aids, practical exercises and group discussions. You may work in pairs or small groups. There is the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences if you wish but it is completely optional. You may wish to take notes but this is up to the individual.

  • Are there any handouts or materials to take away with me?

    The two day course includes a course book that you can write it and take home.

    The ‘Lite’ course also has its own manual.

  • Which course is right for me?

    It is up to you. It depends on how much time you have and what level of knowledge you would like to achieve. Some people attend the ‘Lite’ course first and then decide they’d like to know more, so sign up for the full two day course. Some people feel that the ‘Lite’ course has given them enough information for what they need. Some people dive right into the two day course. Feedback shows that all options have proved helpful to individuals who have attended.

  • Who will be on the course with me?

    People just like you! We have had a wide range of people attending. Interested parents and carers, social workers, teachers, youth workers, health professionals… everyone is friendly and welcoming!

  • Do I get a qualification at the end of the trainings?

    The ‘Lite’ training does not give you a qualification, however you will get a certificate of attendance.

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

    Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

    • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect well-being
    • 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 their own mental well-being.

  • How much do the courses cost?


    If you live and work in Ewanrigg, both courses are free. 

    If you can provide direct or indirect benefit to Ewanrigg residents from where you work outside of the Ewanrigg estate, then the courses are also free (eg. if you run, work for or volunteer with a group / organisation in Maryport and the surrounding area that Ewanrigg young people might attend). 

    For anyone who can’t provide this evidence, the two day course costs £45 per person, which covers both days of training.

    The 'Lite' course costs £15.


  • Where are the courses held?

     Ewanrigg Community Centre, Ennerdale Road, Maryport, CA15 8HN 

  • Can the training be delivered on-site, at my place of work?

    If you would like training for your organisation or business, it may be possible to deliver it on-site. For more information about bespoke training sessions please contact Ann-Marie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



  • How long are the full training days?

    Timings for the two day course are 9 – 5 pm and attendance at both days is compulsory.

  • How often do the courses take place?

    Courses are delivered monthly, year-round. Subject to availability. 

  • When are the next available course dates?


    Upcoming course dates are as follows:

    Two day course:

    Monday 5 & Monday 12 November from 9am-5pm

    Monday 4 February and Monday 11 February from 9am-5pm, 

    Thursday 9 May and Thursday 16 May from 9am-5pm. 

    Monday 10 June and Monday 17 June from 9am-5pm

    ‘Lite’ course:

    Thursday 10 Jan from 5-8pm, 

    Thursday 14 March from 9am-12pm 

    Thursday 4 July 4from 5pm-8pm


    These course dates will be updated every quarter.  We will also publish dates on our social media channels including the Ewanrigg Local Trust Facebook page and the Making Maryport Smile Facebook page.

    Please contact Ann-Marie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07493068814 for availability. 


  • How do I book a place?

    To book a place on any of our courses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07493068814.

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