The teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) course gives teenagers the skills they need to recognise and help their friends with mental health problems and crises by getting the help of an adult quickly. This course has not been introduced because of any specific problems at your school (or wherever the course is being offered to you) and no individual person will be discussed in the course.
Young people often turn to each other when stressed or upset and try to help each other, thereby taking too much on. This course teaches you not to try to take on these problems alone and when you should get an adult involved.
The course discusses suicide which some people may find distressing. Talk to a parent or other trusted adult if you’re worried that talking about suicide will make it too hard for you to attend the course. Most people find that, even if they have lost someone to suicide, the information in the course makes them feel better and it is good to know how to help.
If you want more information about tMHFA, the following Frequently Asked Questions should help.