teen Mental Health First Aid
who is it for?
The teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) course teaches groups of teenagers, particularly high school students, how to provide mental health first aid to their friends. There is a tMHFA course for students in years 7-9 and a tMHFA course for students in years 10-12.
The tMHFA course should only be taught to young people who have access to adults who have completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, which teaches adults how to assist young people who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
What is covered?
Students learn about mental health, the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, how to recognise when a friend needs help and how to use the tMHFA Action Plan to connect them with support. More detailed information on tMHFA for parents, schools and students is available here.
How long is it?
3 separate classroom sessions of approximately 75-90 minutes each. These sessions can be held on different days or a week or so apart.
How many people can attend?
Ideally these sessions are provided for groups of young people with an ongoing relationship, for example in homeroom groups or sports teams. A maximum of 30 participants in each course is recommended.
How much Will it cost?
$50 per person. Young people receive a tMHFA handbook and a Certificate of Completion.