Shouldn’t the teachers be providing mental health first aid, instead of other students?

While some young people will feel comfortable talking directly to a teacher, a parent, or another adult, research shows us that young people often turn to each other in times of stress and upset. Friends often attempt to support each other in ways that mean they try to take a lot on. This program encourages them to get an adult involved instead, who can make arrangements for professional help.

It complements the Youth MHFA course which is available to adults who play a big role in the lives of adolescents (particularly parents and school staff). Staff at your child’s school are undertaking Youth Mental Health First Aid as well, or already have, so the whole school community is equipped to respond better.


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