Teen Mental Health First Aid
Teen Mental Health First Aid teaches high school students how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders among their friends and peers. The training gives students the skills to have supportive conversations with their friends and get a responsible and trusted adult to take over as necessary. It is designed to be delivered in schools or community sites in three interactive classroom sessions of 90 minutes each or six sessions of 45 minutes each.
- Common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
- Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
- Common signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis, particularly suicide
- How to open the conversation about mental illness and addiction with friends.
- The impact of school violence and bullying on mental health.
- How to see the help of a responsible and trusted adult.
Who Should Take It
- High school students in grades 10, 11 and 12
- High schools, organizations partnering with a high school and youth-serving organizations are eligible to teach teen MHFA to students.
The Course Will Teach
- How to look for warning signs.
- Ask how they are.
- Listen up.
- Help them connect with an adult
- Your friendship is important
Sign Up for a Class
If you are interested in enrolling in our next session of programming, you can register by calling the NAMI of Erie County Office (814) 456-1773, or you can register online.