• African Mental Health First Aid


Nearly 37 million adolescents (aged 10–19) live with a mental disorder in Africa. Anxiety and depression account for almost 50 per cent of mental disorders among adolescents aged 10–19 in Africa. Suicide is the ninth most common cause of death among adolescents aged 10–19 in Africa. (www.unicef.org/media/109886). 

It is during the early adolescent years that many young people develop mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, often seen within the school environment. When mental health problems in children are not dealt with in the early years, children carry them into their adult years.

As a parent or guardian, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment, you create at home. Our AMHFA for Parents awareness training will help you understand the mental health of your child/ren, spot early signs of mental health problems, what to do, and ways you can best promote your healthy mental health in your children.

Benefits of the course

  • Our AMHFA for Parents awareness training will help you understand the mental health of your child/ren, spot early signs of mental health problems, what to do, and ways you can best promote your healthy mental health in your children.

Topics for this course

38 Lessons

1. Introduction to AMHFA for parents?

Our mental health is a fundamental part of our overall health and well-being. As a parent, you play a huge role in supporting your child's mental well-being. Nurturing and loving care build a strong foundation, helping your child to develop the social and emotional skills they need to lead a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. This unit gives an overview of some key terms before examining some strategies that can support good mental health and well-being in your children.
What is positive mental health?00:00
A child’s mental health is supported by their parents00:00
Strategies for effective positive mental health and well-being00:00
Quiz 1.

2.Parents and their influence on children’s mental wellness?

Most parents want to see their children succeed and live a long, healthy life. Thus, the devotion in involvement with presence and provision for the child. Parents take pride as a child navigates from one stage in life to the other. In a way, the child’s perception of their parent is one that they are their heroes. Life comes with challenges, though. Many are uncontrollable, while others are a result of actions or experiences your child faces. The reality of life is that certain challenges may seep in and impact the child negatively.

3. Common Types of mental health issues in children and young people

4.Recognizing signs of mental illness in children and young people?

This unit explores some of the signs of mental illness, with a specific exploration of signs that come about due to abuse and trauma. There is also consideration of what somatic symptoms are and how these impact children who are experiencing mental health problems. Finally, the unit gives information about confidence and self-esteem and their importance in maintaining good mental health and well-being.

5.Promoting positive mental health

6.Healthy lifestyles?

The focus of this unit is on some of the ways in which children and young people can be encouraged to have a healthy lifestyle in order to promote good mental and physical well-being. Information relates to diet, exercise, negative coping strategies and mindfulness before ending on the important concept of sleep and how this can impact well-being. mood and well-being are closely linked. Those children who eat less sugar are less likely to experience extreme fluctuations in mood due to ‘sugar crashes’ that come about when too much refined sugar is eaten, after which, the body experiences a sudden drop in blood sugar that is thought to impact mood


Suicide is a topic that has regularly been avoided, but the more we talk about and educate others on such topics, the more awareness we spread of its imminent threat and the more we break the stigma of mental health. Suicide has affected the lives of so many people, and young people, and young adults are vulnerable and high risk but we don’t always know how to respond effectively to it, because it’s something that isn’t always talked about. It’s a difficult subject more so in Africa! We must change our attitudes because it is something that is happening in families, communities and the workplaces. Many suicides may have been prevented if people simply had an idea of how to approach the subject itself, or the person in question. If you recognise the signs and symptoms, you could potentially be saving a life.

8. How you can support your child when in a mental health crisis

FINAL QUIZ for AMHFA for Parents


  • There are quizzes to pass for you to get an AMHFA certificate

Target Audience

  • Parents and main carers/guardians of children and young people

Your Instructor

Shibero Akatsa


I have always had a passion for promoting mental health education and wellness in Africa and beyond.

With 25 plus years of experience, I have brought about psychological, emotional and spiritual wellness in individuals, organizations and communities, through clinical psychotherapy, community psychosocial interventions, personal development and self-care training workshops and consultancy.

In addition to the above work, I am a mental wellness and selfcare script writer and produced and hosted the ‘Shibero Show’, which aims to create awareness on mental health issues especially for communities on the continent of Africa. This can be found on You Tube .


African Mental Healthcare Platform That Brings Positive Change in Individuals & Communities

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