teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) expands in the USA
tMHFA is a school-based training program on how adolescents can support their peers who have mental health problems. Dr Laura Hart, who is one of the originators of the program, has carried a randomized controlled trial in Victorian schools with funding from Australian Rotary Health, which showed positive effects. She is now leading a larger trial funded by NHMRC. On her recent visit to the USA on an Endeavour Fellowship, Laura facilitated the program’s introduction to that country.
The work in the USA has been funded by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. A video of Lady Gaga meeting with teens who have done the program is available here.