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Young People and Mental Health

University of Cambridge and University of Groningen via FutureLearn


Understand the importance of youth mental health

Mental health problems often develop during the teenage years, with as many as one in five adolescents dealing with these challenges.

Therefore, it’s important that you know how to recognise mental health problems, what you can do to prevent them, and what you should do if you suffer from them.

On this five-week course designed specifically for young people, you’ll explore the most common psychological problems. Through personal stories, quizzes, and short assignments, you’ll develop the techniques to help manage and improve your mental health.

Learn how mental health problems arise

As you learn to identify the symptoms of mental health problems such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and ADHD, you’ll understand that there is no clear line between mentally healthy and not mentally healthy people.

With this knowledge, you’ll delve into what it is that can cause psychological problems including personal, environmental, and genetic factors, to understand how these issues arise in the first place.

Learn from the experts at the University of Groningen and Cambridge University

Once you have an understanding of how and why mental health issues occur, you’ll learn what to do when you experience mental health problems.

This course will arm you with the knowledge to both protect and boost your own mental health. Guided by the experts at The University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, and Cambridge University, you’ll finish the course with the tools to effectively manage your mental wellbeing.

This course is designed for young people aged over 14 who want to know more about mental health.

It might also be of interest to parents, caregivers, teachers, and medical professionals.

Taught by

Maaike Meurs


4.6 rating, based on 78 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was really really helpful to me , it was very well presented, it helped me understand more about mental health and the range of mental health issues, from anxiety, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, Depression, OCD, ADHD, drug, alcohol abuse,...
  • Anonymous
    A really useful course that outlined some of the main mental health difficulties experienced by young people in manageable chunks. I found it particularly helpful to produce lots of videos, as I find that I learn best as an auditory/visual learner! Even though the course is very obviously targeted for young people, I (as a 53 year old) still found it extremely useful, as the advice that was provided for people doing the course can be magpied and used/applied to young people whom I support, including my own children. I find it very helpful to have the transcripts, too, so that I can keep these for my own reference and go back over my learning.
  • Anonymous
    I cannot recommend this course as it is so ableist and portrays Autism and ADHD as a mental health condition. I work with autistic and ADHD children - some of them have co-occurring mental health difficulties and some don’t. This course has not considered how this course might be perceived by autistic and adhd teenagers who are struggling with mental health difficulties. It is very damaging.
  • Anonymous
    A beautifully made course that provides useful information in an interactive way. The modules were easy to understand and very well explained. As a teenager, I believe that our struggles with mental health were accurately displayed.
  • Anonymous
    I have learnt so many helpful things. Thanks everyone who are involved in this course. My son has autism so I could apply useful techniques to manage him what I have learnt here.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I must confess that this is one of the best online courses I have done. It is very informative but not too worded. It just makes a lot of sense. I have learnt more about a lot of learning difficulties that I often hear about. So receive my thumbs uip. Well done to all the young people who shared their experiences, Tineke Oldehinkel, Catharina Hartman, Hanneke Wigman, Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Paul and everyone that has contributed to the success of this online training courses. I am sorry if I have missed out any name.

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was obviously developed for learners to understand terms that people bandy about more effectively instead of thinking of them in a more cynical way. Yes, they said what was more complex but they gave you the knowledge of understanding...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.


    This course was enjoyable, I found the videos really useful and they were in sizable chunks. The advice given were both practical and helpful. It helped to understand a lot more about mental health as well as the varying degrees. It is also comforting to know, that there is help for anyone suffering from mental health.
  • Dr. Ray Reynolds completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I enjoyed studying a difficult topic with qualified teachers. This course has helped me to gain a great knowledge in the area of mental health. I am grateful for the information shared in this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was excellent. Its content was well thought, educative and very much uplifting. It was equally practical in nature. Some topics provided for a healing place, certain areas of my. The videos provided in course were very helpful. The sharing by other participants were so helpful, it provided for a good interaction.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The modules presented were well explained and easy to understand. Many valuable information have been provided. The course has given me good advice on how to strengthen my resilience which will be a good tool for me to use to meet and overcome stressful and negative instances that might come my way. Thank you so much.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent.It has given me a stepping stone to continue further in this field.
    The course was clear and professional
    I would highly recommend it
  • Anonymous
    i was drawn to this course because i have struggled with mental health problems and wanted to be able to learn about those as well as other problems that i wasn't familiar with. i would say that the information in the course is accurate and reliable but i found it very generalized, which i would expect because it isn't exactly degree level, but with some of the topics there needed to be further clarification in order to correctly explain something. From this, i think this course is good if you want a very basic understanding of mental health problems in young people but i would recommend researching each topic a little further so that you are able to get a much better understanding.
  • Anonymous
    found this course both fascinating and insightful, I work in a secondary SEND department and this will help me understand better some of the troubles and conditions that the students I work with to provide a better understanding and support.
  • Sara Ahsan
    This course was really helpful in understanding young minds and different types of mental issues. I came to know about many terms related to mental health issues.
  • Anonymous
    This course was obviously developed for learners to understand terms that people bandy about more effectively instead of thinking of them in a more cynical way. Yes, they said what was more complex but they gave you the knowledge of understanding the sooner one get help the better and more faster it is possible to heal. They also, in my opinion, they emphasized that trust is a very important issue with getting help more important than dealing with more people who you can not trust. I thought that was a very good point.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative. All the lectures and lecturers are very good and understandable. The course provided lots of new knowledge and also helped to brush up the things that I have studied before. It was very helpful. Thank you providing such a wonderful experience. I would recommend this course to all the students who loves to study things from this field. Thank you so much for the efforts of the lecturers in the section.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was a good introduction to the subject & paves a way to further study as it gives a good insight into the areas affecting young people’s mental health. The links to mental health charities websites also helps in providing information & services available to young people & increased my awareness to access information too.
    The course was easily accessible & easy to navigate I found it interesting & valuable & it has increased my interest & I would like to learn more.
    I am grateful to everyone who contributed to this course. I have learnt a lot and will definitely use my knowledge as an educator and as a parent. I appreciated the video transcripts and enjoyed the quizzes.

    I will recommend this course for anyone who works with children and the youth.

    I would like to try the course on Anxiety next.
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    Maria Hany
    I learned a lot from this course as a teenager who loves psychology .. I learned about mental illnesses , resilience and our brain.

    I liked the method of learning , the classification of weeks , discussions , videos and professors they were all great .

    I can just say that studying in this course was one of my best experiences .

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