This important project is all about helping adolescents to better support their peers with a mental health problem.

It is with great thanks to Kinglake Community Bank sponsorship that The Steer in partnership with Ellimatta and “The Wish Group” are able to deliver Mental Health First Aid for teens in the following partnership schools:

  1. Diamond Valley Secondary College
  2. Whittlesea Secondary College
  3. Yea High School

Each school has committed to delivering the program at their school to one year level.  The first step for each school is to ensure enough of their staff are trained in Youth Mental Health.

What the course covers

Students learn the teen MHFA Action Plan, as well as information about different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people, and the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Rather than focusing on specific mental illnesses, the course teaches participants to recognise when a friend is experiencing major changes in their thinking, feeling and behaviour, that are interfering with daily life and not going away as quickly as expected, as this may indicate the presence of a mental health problem.

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Intoxication, and
  • Bullying and abuse.

To read more about the program please see here: https://mhfa.com.au/courses/public/types/teen OR download this infographic: teen-MHFA-infographic

This program is an Internationally recognised program and was evaluated.  Researchers concluded that
tMHFA is an effective and feasible program for increasing supportive first aid intentions and mental health literacy in adolescents in the short term.

To read the evaluation report please follow this link: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0004867417753552

Thank you, so much Kinglake Community Bank – all our Team, youth leaders and members are highly appreciative of your support of this incredibly important project.