Adolescence is a time of critical change and development, and the time when mental health challenges may first emerge. Those challenges may be the cause for falling grades, problems with close relationships and substance use. Take comfort knowing that your students will be prepared to provide support for their peers as well as better cope with mental health challenges themselves — and get assistance from a trusted adult.

What is tMHFA

Bring tMHFA to you

How to reach us

The tMHFA course teaches teens in grades
10-12 how to provide support to their friends.

Teens learn how to:

§Recognize the signs of a developing mental
health challenge or a crisis
§Get help from a trusted and responsible adult

tMHFA One-page Overview
Facts, figures and details about tMHFA

Funding is available for both instructor training fees and manuals through Missouri’s Department of Mental Health. Follow the links below to learn more about how to apply for teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA).

Informational Video
Watch a brief video to learn about funding opportunities.

Promotional Flyer
Share information with key decision makers in your school or organization.

Our team is excited to help you navigate tMHFA.

For more information or to meet with a member of our team, email:

  teen@mhfamissouri.org

 

What is tMHFA

The tMHFA course teaches teens in grades.10-12 how to provide support to their friends.

Teens learn how to:

  1. Recognize the signs of a developing mental
    health challenge or a crisis.
  2. Get help from a trusted and responsible adult.

tMHFA One-page Overview
Facts, figures and details about tMHFA

Bring tMHFA to you

With support and funding from  Missouri’s Department of Mental Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Institute of Mental Health is proud to bring you teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA).

Informational video
Watch a brief video to learn about funding opportunities.

Promotional Flyer
Share information with key decision makers in your school or organization.

How to reach us

Our team is excited to help you navigate tMHFA.

For more information or to meet with a member of our team, email:

  teen@mhfamissouri.org

Key Implementation Requirements

Any school, youth-serving organization or organization in partnership with a school that wants to bring tMHFA training to teens at their site can apply to become a tMHFA Site. Schools and organizations must be accepted to teach tMHFA.

  1. The course must be taught to an entire grade level of students.
  2. Sites must have 10% of staff trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, in order to increase the capacity of staff to respond to a student who reaches out.
  3. The site must have a safety protocol in place to ensure youth safety, including having a mental health professional on site.
  4. The course should be taught in classes of approximately five to 30 teens on non-consecutive days. The program cannot be taught in large, assembly-style sessions.

Any school, youth-serving organization or organization in partnership with a school that wants to bring tMHFA training to teens at their site can apply to become a tMHFA Site. Schools and organizations must be accepted to teach tMHFA.

  • §The course must be taught to an entire grade level of students.
  • §Sites must have 10% of staff trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, in order to increase the capacity of staff to respond to a student who reaches out.
  • §The site must have a safety protocol in place to ensure youth safety, including having a mental health professional on site.
  • §The course should be taught in classes of approximately five to 30 teens on non-consecutive days. The program cannot be taught in large, assembly-style sessions.

Ways to Teach and Learn

In person learning

Blended Learning

Lessons are conducted in person in six 45-minute
sessions or three 90-minute sessions.

Teens complete a self-paced online lesson,
then participate in six live, Instructor-led sessions.

Blended Learning

Teens complete a self-paced online lesson,
then participate in six live, Instructor-led sessions.

Testimonials

I know we are saving lives because kids will come report that a friend is struggling and they'll say things from the training like “I know I'm not supposed to handle this alone. I'm supposed to reach out to a trusted adult, so here I am.”
Ms. Chelsea Boyd
Assistant Principal at Seckman Senior High
I appreciate that tMHFA not only teaches students how to respond to mental health challenges, it also gives them the opportunity to practice these skills so they are prepared to act in a crisis.

Sydney Ludwig, MSW, LCSW
tMHFA instructor at North Callaway High School
The trainers are excellent. They go out of their way to form relationships with the students and make them feel at ease while discussing hard topics.


Liz Seely, LPC
School Counselor Académie Lafayette

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