Peers 3 x 75mins
The teen MHFA Course teaches high school students 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 evidence-based, informed by a study undertaken to determine the best actions a young person can do to support a peer with a mental health problem and is run over 3 x 75 minute lessons.
Students learn about different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people, and the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Rather than focusing on specific mental illnesses, the course teaches participants to recognise when a friend is experiencing major changes in their thinking, feeling and behaviour, that are interfering with daily life and not going away as quickly as expected, as this may indicate the presence of a mental health problem.