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Mental Health First Aid
for Teens

teen Mental Health First Aid teaches high school students how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health or substance use issues in their friends and peers.

teen Mental Health First Aid

This in-person training teaches high school students about common mental health challenges and what they can do to support their own mental health and help a friend who is struggling. It’s equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they need to foster their own wellness and to support each other.  We’ve teamed up with Born This Way Foundation to bring this program to the United States. To learn more, download the teen Mental Health First Aid one-pager.

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Before you apply, learn how you can bring tMHFA to your community and then start your application today!

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Why Mental Health Matters for Teens

1 in 5
One in five teens has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life.
50% of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by the mid-20s.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds.

How teen Mental Health First Aid Can Help

Addresses common mental health concerns among young people.
Reduces stigma.
Students learn a 5-step plan to help their friends who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis, such as suicide.
Teaches high school students to involve a responsible and trusted adult as necessary.
Video: Lady Gaga + Students on teen Mental Health First Aid!

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To read more about how Mental Health First Aid is helping critical populations,
check out our case studies , or read our blog and filter by population type.

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