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Young People and Their Mental Health

What are the most common mental health problems in young people, and what can we do to help manage them or provide support?

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Young People and Their Mental Health
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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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Have you ever felt down, frightened, or stressed for a longer period of time? Do you find it hard to deal with other people, or you cannot manage to sit still and concentrate on your schoolwork? You are not the only one. At least one in five young people suffered, or is suffering, from psychological problems such as depression, fear, eating disorders, or ADHD. What is worse is that many of the mental health problems actually start when you are still an adolescent. It’s very likely that you have, or had, to deal with this, or that you know someone who does. Have you ever wondered what psychological problems actually are and what you can do about it?

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds The University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, and Cambridge University will help you answer these questions in the easily accessible free online course about mental health especially designed for young people. By using personal stories, animations, short assignments, quizzes, and interviews, you will explore mental health, and you will learn to recognise the most common psychological problems. You will also find out what you can do to prevent mental health problems, or how to deal with these problems once you have them. If this seems interesting to you, sign on and join us in this mental health exploration.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is mental health?
  • What are common mental health problems?
  • What are the causes of mental health problems?
  • What to do when you experience mental health problems.
  • How to boost your own mental health.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify symptoms of the following mental health problems: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, addiction, antisocial behaviour and psychosis.
  • Explain that there is no a clear dividing line between mentally-healthy and not mentally-healthy people.
  • Describe personal, environmental and genetic factors as possible causes of psychological problems.
  • Describe ways to deal with psychological problems.

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

Postdoc at the University Medical Center Groningen; Coordinator of this MOOC about mental health for young people

Professor at the University Medical Center Groningen; director of a large longitudinal study about adolescent mental health (TRAILS); editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Who developed the course?

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge contributes to society through the pursuit of excellent education, learning, and research.

University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

UMCG is building the future of health through its focus on complex patient care, research, education and training.

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