Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves. The 3.5-hour teen MHFA Course teaches high school students in years 7-9 & 10-12 how to provide mental health first aid to their friends.
The course was developed in response to research indicating that young people have a preference for sharing problems with peers. The course curriculum is based on a study undertaken to determine the best actions a young person can undertake to support a peer with a mental health problem.
Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia.
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What the course covers
Students learn the teen MHFA 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.
Developing mental health problems covered are:
- Anxiety disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and other drug use disorders
- Psychotic disorders
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
- Being very intoxicated from alcohol and other drugs
- Bullying or abuse
Course format and delivery
The delivery format is 3 interactive classroom sessions of 75 minutes each, totalling 3.5 hours. The course has been specifically designed to be engaging for this age group.
Course participants receive a copy of the teen MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.
Who can attend a course?
There are 2 teen MHFA courses, on for students in year 7-9 and one for students in year 10-12, in high schools, which also have Youth MHFA Courses conducted for school staff and parents. The Youth MHFA Course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
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Note: This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course for adolescents to learn how to give mental health first aid to peers.
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Detailed information for parents, schools and students is available here.