WHY teen MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) is a training program for teens
brought to the United States by the National Council for Mental
Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation.
It 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 in their friends and peers.
WHAT IT COVERS
Common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
Common signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis, particularly suicide.
The impact of school violence and bullying on mental health.
How to open the conversation about mental illnesses and substance use with friends.
How to seek the help of a responsible and trusted adult.
WHO TAKES OR TEACHES tMHFA?
Teens in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18.
High schools, organizations partnering with a high school and youth-serving organizations are eligible to teach tMHFA.
THREE WAYS TO TEACH AND LEARN
In-person - Lessons are conducted in person in six 45-minute sessions or three 90-minute sessions.
Blended - Teens complete a self-paced online lesson, then participate in six live, Instructor-led sessions. These Instructor-led sessions can be:
National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.) Statistics: mental illness. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness
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National Center for Health Statistics. (n.d.) Adolescent health. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/adolescent-health.htm