teen Mental Health First Aid
who is it for?
The teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) course teaches groups of young people who are approximately 15-17, particularly high school students in years 10-12, how to provide mental health first aid to their friends. The course has been specifically designed for this age group but may be helpful to young people a little younger or older.
tMHFA was developed in response to research indicating that young people have a preference for sharing their problems with peers.
What is covered?
Students learn how to help a friend using the tMHFA Action Plan, as well as information about different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people, and the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Mental health crisis situations covered in this course are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called self-harm)
- Being very intoxicated from alcohol and other drugs
- Bullying or abuse
More detailed information on tMHFA for parents, schools and students is available here.
what's the Format?
Course delivery involves 3 separate classroom sessions of approximately 75-90 minutes each. These sessions can be held on different days or a week or so apart. Ideally these sessions are provided forgroups of young people with an ongoing relationship, for example in homeroom groups or sports teams. A maximum of 30 participants is recommended.
The tMHFA course should only be taught to young people who have access to adults who have completed the YMHFA course. The YMHFA course teaches adults how to assist young people who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
what can meeting minds provide?
Meeting Minds will come to your school or organisation and bring all necessary training equipment and materials. Young people receive a tMHFA action plan wallet card, a tMHFA handbook and a certificate of completion.