Youth Mental Health: Supporting Young People Using a Trauma Informed Practice
Discover expert advice from the Mental Health Foundation
This course will teach you different ways you can support young people who have experienced trauma, focussing on using a Trauma Informed Practice.
Developed alongside professionals at the Mental Health Foundation, this useful framework was initially used to support young people returning from COVID lockdown. However, the resource can also be used to help you support young people who might be going through a period of stress or trauma.
Understand Adverse Childhood Experiences
You’ll start by examining Adverse Childhood Experiences – a widely-used term in child mental health and education. Though the pandemic has been a traumatic experience for many young people, it is not the only source of trauma and so learning how to discuss childhood experiences that could have contributed to trauma is extremely beneficial.
You’ll also evaluate the role of physical health and the ways you can support young people in maintaining their emotional wellbeing when faced with stress or trauma.
Discover the different factors that affect mental wellbeing during COVID-19
As lockdowns start to ease, you’ll consider how young people will cope with the transition back to ‘normality’ and learn the ways you can help them manage these difficulties.
You’ll also discover how awareness about COVID-19 and wider global crises, living conditions, and peer isolation impacts young people.
Learn how to help foster a positive mindset
Finally, you’ll explore the benefits of a positive mindset and how you can help young people remain positive during times of stress.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to explain some of the underlying factors that contribute to a young person’s wellbeing and the actions you can take to support a young person to make positive changes for their mental health.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain some of the underlying factors that could contribute to a young person's wellbeing.
- Identify the actions and role they can take in supporting a young person.
- Assess the wellbeing of a young person by selecting appropriate domains from the PEPTALK guide.
- Engage a young person in developing strategies to effect positive changes to their life.
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for anyone working with children or young people who they feel may be experiencing difficulty transitioning back to full-time education after a period of absence or difficulty in their personal or family lives.
Who developed the course?
The Foundation works to prevent mental health problems. We drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health at Work is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foundation.
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