The teen Mental Health First Aid course gives teenagers the skills they need to recognise and help with mental health problems and crises in their friends, and to get the help of an adult quickly. Young people will often turn to each other when stressed or upset, and try to help each other, taking too much on. This course teaches them not to try to take on these problems alone.
The course teaches young people about suicide. You may wish to discuss this with your child, if there is a risk they will find it distressing. This course has not been introduced because of any specific problems at the school. Mental health problems are very common in adolescents. If there has been a student suicide in the school, be aware this specific suicide will not be discussed, nor will any individual student.
Your child might want to talk about the course. The following can help you to have a conversation if this is needed, and should help you to decide whether or not teen MHFA is right for your child. Your child will bring their manual home after session 3. There are resources for further information in the back and you may want to explore them together. If you wish to learn more now, resources are also provided at the bottom of the FAQ list.
If you want more information about teen Mental Health First Aid, this Frequently Asked Questions list should be able to help.