Teen Mental Health First Aid

Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) is an evidenced-based program that increases mental health literacy.

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 required.
  • Reduce stigmatising attitudes towards mental health.
  • 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.

Target group

Students in years:

  • 7 to 9 (Junior Program)
  • 10 to 12 (Senior Program)

Session details

  • Junior (Years 7-9): three 60-minute sessions, delivered one week apart.
  • Senior (Years 10-12): three 75-minute sessions, delivered one week apart. 


  • 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).
  • Pre-session delivered prior to course delivery.
  • Teen MHFA program information sent to parents.

Delivery requirements

  • 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.
  • Data projector/TV screen and sound/audio equipment.
  • Teaching/support staff present for all sessions, preferably Youth MHFA trained.


Facilitated by our Youth staff at conclusion of session three, via paper based questionnaire.

Linked programs

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.

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Page last updated: Thursday, 22 February 2024