Teen Mental Health
First Aid (tMHFA) is an evidenced-based program that increases mental health
The intention of the program is to reduce mental health stigma, increase help-seeking behaviour
and increase the capacity of young people to support their peers to find help
for mental-health problems.
- Increase confidence to assist help a
peer with a mental health problem and seek appropriate support when
- Reduce stigmatising attitudes towards mental
- Promotes help-seeking behaviours.
- Increase capacity to identify and respond to
a mental health crisis
Over three sessions, the MHFA course teaches participants
how to recognise changes in a friend's thinking, feelings or behaviour that
may indicate the presence of a mental health problem, how to offer initial
mental first aid support, and how to connect them with a trusted adult.
Students in years:
- 7 to 9 (Junior
- 10 to 12
Junior (Years 7-9): three 60-minute sessions, delivered one week
- Senior (Years 10-12): three 75-minute sessions, delivered one week
- 10 percent staff at
school trained in Youth MHFA. This staff training is also offered free-of-charge by the Youth Team at City of Greater Geelong. Find out more about YMHFA.
- Youth MHFA
trained staff identifiable by students (via classroom posters or page on intranet).
delivered prior to course delivery.
- Teen MHFA
program information sent to parents.
- Program to be delivered to regular class
sizes (28 students maximum)
- All classes in a year level required to complete
program over the course of the year.
projector/TV screen and sound/audio equipment.
staff present for all sessions, preferably Youth MHFA trained.
Facilitated by our Youth staff at conclusion of session three, via paper based questionnaire.
Additional Course information can be found at Teen Mental Health First Aid.
To request one of our programs at your school or organisation please complete our online program request form.
Request a program
Booking requests will be responded to by one of the Youth Development team within five working days and we request you make your booking enquiry at least 3 weeks prior to the preferred program date.