Deputy Principal - Students

Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)F

Students in Year 10 will be completing a Teen Mental Health First Aid Course over term 2 and 3.  This course will be run in the Health and Recreation Classes and will be conducted by the College Counsellor Bernie Monagle.  Bernie is a highly experienced counsellor who has worked with young people for a number of years.  He is a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has delivered this course, and similar courses (Mental Health First Aid) aimed at teachers/ parents in the community for a number of years.

The 3.5-hour teen MHFA Course teaches high school students in years 10-12, how to provide mental health first aid to their friends. The course was developed in response to research indicating that young people have a preference for sharing problems with peers. This program will give teenagers the skills they need to recognise and help with mental health problems and crises in their friends, and to get the help of an adult quickly.

Young people will often turn to each other when stressed or upset, and try to help each other, taking too much on. This course teaches them not to try and take on these problems alone.

What the course covers:

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.

Each student who participates in the program receives a comprehensive manual, wallet card (shown to the right) as well as a certificate.

More information for parents can be found on a flyer coming home with all Year 10 students, and the following website

Each student who participates in the program receives a comprehensive manual, wallet card (shown to the right) as well as a certificate.

More information for parents can be found on the following link.

What parents need to know.  If you would prefer for your daughter/son NOT to participate in this course please contact Elaine Dugdale-Walker at the College (edugdale-walker@scr.vic.edu.au).

First Aid at the College:

Salesian is very lucky to have a qualified nurse attending to the First Aid for students at the College.  In order for Bree to do her job as professionally as she would like we would like to remind students and parents of the procedure at the College.

When a child feels ill in class they are to:

  • Inform  the teacher that they feel unwell,  the teacher will send the student to First Aid with a note in the diary
  • Bree ( school nurse) will assess the situation
  • Bree with administer First Aid, and if required will contact a parent
  • Parent will be contacted and arrangements will be made by the nurse for the students to go home in conjunction with the parent.

When a child feels ill or unwell at recess / lunch:

  • The child speaks to a teacher on Yard Assistance who will take the student to First Aid
  • Bree ( school nurse) will assess the situation
  • Bree with administer First Aid, and if required will contact a parent
  • Parent will be contacted and arrangements will be made by the nurse for the students to go home in conjunction with the parent.

Could the school please ask that students DO NOT call home to say they are sick, this responsibility is with our School Nurse who has the wellbeing of all up most in her duty of care.

Could we also ask that parents liaise only with Bree in relation to the arrangements for picking up a child who needs to go home.  Communication can go wrong or become confusing if the process that the College has in place is not adhered to.  In all processes and procedures the College implements, the priority is always for the safety and wellbeing of the students.

The College has a Mobile Phone Policy that states that students are not to use the mobile phone at College between 8.30am-3.20pm.  

Elaine Dugdale-Walker

Deputy Principal - Students