An introduction to the Teen MHFA course
The teen Mental Health First Aid course is for high school students in year 7-9 and 10-12. Students will learn how to provide mental health first aid to their friends.
This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.
What’s the format?
This course is taught over 3 x 75mins or 3 x 60mins classroom sessions on non-consecutive days. The course can only be delivered in settings where adults have been trained in Youth MHFA.
Who can attend?
Students in Years 7-9 and 10-12 can attend this course and it can also be delivered in other settings such as sports clubs, juvenile justice settings, scouts and guides.
The course must be delivered to the entire group of young people in the setting. For example, to every year 10 student, or everyone on the team.
What is the cost?
MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses or set fees. Your local instructor can confirm their attendance fees.
Why attend a course?
Research with high school students who receive tMHFA students report reduced stigma, increased confidence in supporting a peer with a mental health problem and are also able to recognise certain adults as helpful to a peer with a mental health problem.
Students learn about the teen MHFA Action Plan, different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people, and the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
It teaches students to recognise when a friend is experiencing major changes in their thinking, feeling and behaviour, and when these changes may indicate the presence of a mental health problem.
This is an education course, and is not a therapy or support group.
“The strength of this program was that it made you feel that you could make a difference to someone’s life.”
“I would like to say that the program has helped me have a better understanding about mental health. I will definitely look back on it in the future and use some of the techniques I have learnt.”
“When talking with students about problems well-being staff have found students referring back to things they learned in the course.”