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Young People and Their Mental Health

University of Cambridge and University of Groningen via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn to recognise, prevent and deal with your mental health problems

Mental health problems often develop during the teenage period., with 1 in 5 teenagers dealing with mental health issues.

To find out how to recognise, prevent and tackle these problems, try this 5-week course specifically designed for young people.

Understand why young people suffer from psychological problems

The course will begin by introducing you to the concept of mental health and discussing why young people are more vulnerable to mental health concerns.

We’ll go over the causes of some common mental health concerns, what to do when you experience problems, and how to boost your mental health and feel better.

Learn about common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

On this course, you’ll learn about a range of mental health concerns. This will include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, autism, ADHD, substance abuse, antisocial behaviour and psychosis.

You’ll discover how to recognise symptoms, and we’ll teach you some exercises that’ll help you manage them. For example, we’ll go over some breathing exercises that will help you deal with anxiety.

Building resilience and dealing with negativity

At the end of the course, we’ll discuss how to increase your resilience. Resilience is important because it helps you deal with negative thoughts and experiences.

We’ll teach you how to talk to others about your problems, take care of yourself properly and create an action plan. You’ll also learn about getting professional help when your mental health is something you can’t deal with alone.

This course has been created for young people aged over 14 wanting to know more about mental health. It might also be of interest to parents, caregivers, teachers and medical professionals.

Taught by

Maaike Meurs

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Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 73 reviews

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  • 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 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

    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 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.
  • Anonymous

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    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As an online academic advisor, dealing with young people, I found the course to be very insightful- not too much and not too little information.Easily understood and well planned in a logical sequence. Thanks!!
  • 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.

    The course is a fantastic eye opener to mental health in young adult because of this course I have decided to volunteer at my local organisation. ( place to be).
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Loved doing the course. Contained the right level of detail and made use of a variety of learning tools. It has been divided into small manageable sections and gives a good insight into some common mental health conditions. Very well researched and makes use of the latest stats.
  • 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.

    Hasina.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is well divided into manageable chunks therefore it is more enjoyable as not too much information is thrown at you.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course and passed it on to may others. keep up the great work. I am now looking at doing several other related courses.
  • 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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It's been a terrific learning experience. Learning this course was exciting and stress free, I look forward to more like it.
  • Abdirahman Hudefi

    Abdirahman Hudefi completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I am very happy to learn about it so I'm ready to give it a while and take it advantage.
  • 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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Well structure with good information. Video chats were good. Actors that played scenarios made to learning more meaningful. I had problems with the surveys. They did not seem to work or I could not access them. It may be that I did not understand how to do this. I understand that the universities were promoting their own courses but I found it too pushy. It could have been presented as a stand alone course. It felt like a free course to promote other paid courses rather than a community service (Maybe it was both). I would have likes a certificate at the end rather that a 2 line congratulation. Overall it was good and I hope to use it in my own teaching
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course, for me it was easy to follow which came in handy on certain topics that I've never looked into before. Also I found it helpful that the course not only included reading articles but had a good balance between artciles,videos and answering questions, this enabled me to be more interested in the course because I wasn't assigned any videos or articles for a long period of time. This was due to how key terminology and information was simplified and put across in a way that most people can understand. Thank you for making this course it really has given me some insight into mental health and how it can be improved :))
  • 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.

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