The teen MHFA Course teaches high school students how to provide mental health first aid to their friends. The course was developed in response to research indicating that young people have a preference for sharing problems with peers. The course curriculum is evidence-based, informed by a study undertaken to determine the best actions a young person can do to support a peer with a mental health problem and is run over 3 x 75 minute lessons.
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.
Students will learn about mental health problems and crises in young people such as:
- Anxiety disorders.
- Depressive disorders.
- Eating disorders.
- Alcohol and other drug use disorders.
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
- Non-suicidal self-injury .
- Bullying or abuse.
NOTE: This course has been aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The relevant Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education band content descriptions are outlined, alongside suggestions how the teen Mental Health First Aid course, run with students in three sessions, can support the teaching of the Australian Curriculum.
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Ziyad is an accredited Teen and Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia. With a strong background in education and an active member of his local community, he is passionate about working with Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including refugees. His experience and current qualifications, including being a teacher in a South-West Sydney High school and a Careers Counselor, allow him to bring a unique energy in the delivery of the MHFA courses.