Teen Mental Health First Aid
teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among their friends and peers.
Adolescence is a time of critical change and development, and the time when mental health challenges may first emerge. Those challenges may be the cause for falling grades, problems with close relationships and substance use. Take comfort knowing that your students will be prepared to provide support for their peers as well as better cope with mental health challenges themselves — and get assistance from a trusted adult.
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How teen Mental Health First Aid Can Help
Course content addresses common mental health challenges in young people.
Understanding reduces stigma.
Teens have an Action Plan to help friends and peers who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis, such as suicide.
Youth learn how and when to involve a parent, guardian or other responsible and trusted adult.
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tMHFA sites receive resources to inform parents and guardians about the program and provide ways for them to reach out to someone at the school or organization with any questions or concerns. All parents and guardians have the opportunity to opt their child out of taking the tMHFA course.
Critically, tMHFA encourages teens to reach out to parent, guardian or other trusted adult. For this reason, sites are encouraged to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training — our course for adults who work or live with youth — before the tMHFA course begins or concurrently with the tMHFA course to create opportunities for increased trust and shared understanding between teens and their parents/guardians.