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Will students be talking about their own experiences of mental health problems? Are they provided therapy as part of their attendance at tMHFA?

No. The sessions use stories from young people who have experienced mental health problems (in the form of a mini-documentary in three parts featuring teenagers with mental health problems, a scripted short film, and fictional vignettes from the manual. In the program for older students, the scripted film depicts a young man helping a friend who is suicidal, and in the program for younger students, the scripted film depicts a young woman helping a friend who appears to be developing mental health problems).

The course is not therapeutic, nor is it a self-help group. However, participants get the opportunity to ask confidentially to be followed up by a member of the school’s welfare team afterwards (for courses running outside of school settings, other arrangements will be made).

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