Help them help each other.

Thanks to a study conducted by Beyond Blue and Mental Health First Aid Australia we now have eventual proof to support what we have known, that adolescence will turn to each other in times of need for guidance. And the higher the risk the young person the more likely it is that why will want to fix things themselves and not engage with an adult. It's for this reason we need to ensure that we are supporting our young people, with the most current evidence-based information- Teen MHFA.

With that in mind, BLLC offers one of a kind, heavily evidence based 3.5-hour teen MHFA course that teaches high school ages students how to provide mental health first-aid to their friends in need. The course curriculum is sharply based on key takeaways from the latest research undertaken to determine the best actions a young person can suggest to support a peer who is facing mental health issues.


Did you know that BLLC Director Alena Farrugia is also the National Consultant Trainer of Youth & Teen Programs at MHFA Australia, as well as holding Principal Master Facilitator status and is a seasoned K- 12 educator with over
a decade front line experience. 

We are industry leaders.


What Will Students Learn?

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 discussing in depth individual mental illnesses, the focus is on learning to recognise changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviour that indicate that there might be a mental health problem.

The course also covers mental health crisis situations, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, intoxication, and bullying and abuse.

In the senior program students (graded 10 to 12), the focus is on crises interventions which involves frank discussions of suicide. A sharp, well written and powerful video showing a young man helping a suicidal friend is used to demonstrate how to talk about suicide and assist someone who is having thoughts of suicide along with range of support tools.

In the junior program ( grades 7-9) crises are not emphasised in order to be developmentally appropriate. The focus is directed toward noticing change and the connections between thoughts feeling and behaviours, however the same action plan is taught and information provided where relevant to ensure all required learning opportunities are fully and adequately met.

Both courses have a central focus of getting an adult involved ASAP but equipping our kids with the skills they need to keep not only their friend, but themselves safe in the process.

For a summary of research data, manual content and objectives please download the What is teen MHFA? booklet here.


Course Delivery

The fixed delivery format is 3 interactive classroom sessions of approx.60 min for the junior course and 75 min for the senior course. These sessions have been constructed to fit over a common double period and can not be changed in any way.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depressive disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Alcohol and other drug use disorders

  • Psychotic disorders


Mental health crisis situations covered:


  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)

  • Being very intoxicated from alcohol and other drugs

  • Bullying or abuse



Course Structure & Inclusions

Course participants receive: ​

  • The highest leave of professional accredited facilitation from a proficient educational professional

  • Individually prepared FAQ sheets for school staff, students and parents to aid in course preparation

  • A copy of the most current teen MHFA Manual

  • Additional relevant resources

  • Ongoing post-training resource support through our social channels

  • A Certificate of Completion - Hard copy to put towards student portfolios/ resumes



Who can hold & attend this course?

This is course is most popular with secondary schools, sporting clubs and community/ youth groups.  Any organisation that has an interested body of young people in grades 7 through to 12 can take part. 


 Important Considerations

  • Please note that this training is not recommended for an entire group of at-risk young people, nor is this course a therapy or group support session.

  • The entire cohort must be involved, not a select number of chosen or volunteering students. All organisations should therefore present this course as an and op-out program rather than an op-in.

  • This course can not be run as a mass group- groups have a max of 30 per class.

  • This course cannot be run in a single day nor can it be run on consecutive days- this is non-negotiable. Session must be spread out, ideally with 1 session each week for 3 weeks.

  • Adults whom care for or work with this group of young people must have completed the Youth MHFA course prior, within a school the requirement is at least 20% of staff being accredited as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. 

  • Information for both parents, staff and students in preparation for the training, including the viewing of a short video must be distributed before the commencement of training

Please contact us to discuss your organisations eligibility.