Online course in Health & Psychology

Young People and Their Mental Health

What are the most common mental health problems, what can you do about them and how do you improve your mental health?

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn to recognise, prevent and deal with your mental health problems.

Mental health problems often develop during the teenage period. As many as 1 out of 5 teenagers are dealing with these problems. Therefore, it is important that you know how to recognise common mental health problems, know how they arise, what you can do to prevent them and what you should do when you actually suffer from them. This course, designed specifically for young people, will help you find out more.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHave 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 secondsThe 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

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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?

Maaike Meurs

Maaike Meurs

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

Tineke Oldehinkel

Tineke Oldehinkel

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?

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

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

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

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