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Teen Mental Health First Aid courses in all schools

Implement evidence based teen Mental Health First Aid program in all schools enrolling adolescents in the Ballina State Government Area.

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Teen Mental Health First Aid courses in all schools

What’s this project about?

Adolescents experience mental ill health at high rates. The data around youth suicide and other consequences of mental illnesses are confounding as a national and local issue. ‍ Teen MHFA is an award winning program, it's been proven to increase the mental health literacy of teenagers. It increases students' confidence to assist a friend and promote helping action of involving an adult when a friend is experiencing a mental health crisis.

This program will see every young person in Year 7 and 10 enrolled in a school in Ballina State Government area to access teen MHFA. This will include training 20% of teachers in these schools in Youth MHFA. YMHFA is a program for adults who live or work with adolescents). ‍ This will increase the safety of schools and the community and increase proactive helping actions in teaching staff and peers.

All schools will be offered the opportunity to have a trained MHFA Instructor who is experienced delivering these programs to deliver the teen MHFA program on site, minimising disruption to busy school programs and to minimise delivery cost. ‍ Selected teachers from every school that has less than 20% of staff trained in the Youth MHFA program will be invited to attend free training at Byron Youth Service in Byron Bay.

Why should you vote for this project?

  • The data around prevalence and negative impact of Mental Illness in adolescents is a compelling argument for Mental Health Education.
  • All students in Years 7 and 10 in all schools will be able to access the program. Creating safer schools.
  • Teen and Youth MHFA programs are evidence based and practical activities that build resilience and accurate understanding of Mental Illnesses.

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