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Research indicates that throughout the world, young people’s mental health and wellbeing is at risk.


Research indicates that throughout the world, young people’s mental health and wellbeing is at risk. Indeed, media headlines warn of a global mental health crisis. In 2020, the Children’s Society reported that one in six children aged between 5 and 16 years of age globally suffer from a mental health problem. 50% of all mental health problems begin by the age of 14 and 75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving the help and support they need.

Recognising that a young person is struggling with their mental health may not be easy to identify. Many young people may attempt to hide how they are feeling. This can be for a multitude of reasons including concern about stigma or feelings of guilt and shame associated with mental illness. However, it may also be because they aren’t sure where or how to get the help they need.

There are differences of opinion about what constitutes mental ill health and how mental health problems should be treated. There are some key differences in the approaches that can be taken in providing support for young people, for example at times it can include the use of medication, counselling and talking therapies. However, research indicates that providing early support can significantly enhance mental health. Recent studies also suggest that resilience – which describes the capacity to endure and bounce back from adversity – is a quality and skill that can be developed and supported in young people, and that it can positively impact their longer-term mental health and wellbeing.

This course has been designed with this new research evidence in mind. It aims to provide you with the tools to explore these different approaches which will help you reflect on the different ways that you can identify a young person who is struggling and consider how they can access support.

Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation – which also displays your Open University badge.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey . Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our optional end-of-course survey . Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the complexity and multifaceted nature of adolescent mental health
  • Appreciate the variety of strategies that can be employed to support young people
  • Recognise resilience as a quality and skill that can be learned and developed
  • Identify resilience markers that can be supported and nurtured
  • Identity the range of services and contexts through which young people can access support and guidance.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Adolescent mental health in context 00:15:00
    • The trends 00:20:00
    • Trends by age group and sex 00:15:00
    • What do we mean by ‘health’ and ‘mental health’? 00:15:00
    • The impact of mental health 00:10:00
    • How has the concept of mental health evolved? 00:20:00
    • Identity, language and stigma 00:15:00
    • #oktosay 00:15:00
    • Mental health policy 00:15:00
    • Summary of Session 1 00:15:00
    • Glossary 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Introducing adolescence 00:15:00
    • A time of rapid change 00:15:00
    • Body changes 00:15:00
    • Social changes 00:10:00
    • Adolescence and emotion 00:10:00
    • Challenges of adolescence 00:10:00
    • The adolescent brain 00:15:00
    • Peer pressure and risk taking 00:15:00
    • The social world of adolescence 00:10:00
    • Bullying 00:15:00
    • Loneliness 00:15:00
    • What’s ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’? 00:15:00
    • Recognising a problem 00:15:00
    • Summary of Session 2 00:15:00
    • Glossary 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • When does mental health become ill-health? 00:20:00
    • Anxiety 00:10:00
    • Depression 00:10:00
    • Eating disorders 00:15:00
    • Early intervention 00:15:00
    • Self harm 00:20:00
    • Breaking the self-harm cycle 00:15:00
    • Suicide 00:15:00
    • Summary of Session 3 00:20:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Diagnosis and sense-making 00:15:00
    • The case of George 00:10:00
    • Determinants of health 00:15:00
    • Professional approaches 00:15:00
    • Comparing medical approaches 00:15:00
    • Potential sources of conflict 00:20:00
    • The role of social media 00:10:00
    • Young people and social media 00:10:00
    • Images of perfection? 00:15:00
    • Common misconceptions about adolescent mental health 00:20:00
    • Summary of Session 4 00:15:00
    • Glossary 00:20:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Why is resilience important? 00:10:00
    • Defining resilience 00:15:00
    • Adversity 00:15:00
    • Disruptive behaviour in adversity 00:15:00
    • Born or made resilient? 00:10:00
    • The brain, neuroplasticity and resilience 00:20:00
    • Fostering resilience 00:15:00
    • Resilience in schools 00:20:00
    • Summary of Session 5 00:10:00
    • Glossary 00:05:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:05:00
    • Parenting and supporting 00:30:00
    • Talking and listening 00:15:00
    • Active listening 00:15:00
    • Question types 00:15:00
    • Conversation starters 00:20:00
    • Food, exercise and sleep 00:10:00
    • Food and mental health 00:15:00
    • Exercise and mental health 01:00:00
    • Sleep and mental health 00:15:00
    • Summary of Session 6 00:15:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Family, friends and other adults 00:15:00
    • Fostering supportive networks 00:20:00
    • Managing barriers 00:15:00
    • Managing responses to mental health disclosures 00:20:00
    • Social media 00:30:00
    • Taking control 00:10:00
    • Understanding the impact of social media on a young person’s identity 00:15:00
    • Charities 00:10:00
    • Helplines 00:10:00
    • Online forums 00:10:00
    • Mental health apps 00:10:00
    • Summary of Session 7 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
    • Responding to concerning behaviours 00:15:00
    • Mental health at school 00:15:00
    • Self-harm 00:10:00
    • Talking therapies 00:10:00
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 00:15:00
    • The importance of professional help 00:10:00
    • Medical interventions 00:10:00
    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors 00:15:00
    • Diversity, equality and non-discrimination 03:00:00
    • Making referrals 00:20:00
    • Seeking guidance 00:15:00
    • Review the journey 00:25:00
    • Where next? 00:10:00
    • Acknowledgements 00:15:00

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