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Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2: An introduction to improving a young person's mood and wellbeing though sleeping, eating and physical activity.
Hello and welcome to Week two of our online course on adolescent depression. This Week, we’re going to think very much more about the lifestyle factors, if you will, how we sleep, what we eat, the kind of activities that we do, and how those can affect our mood and actually make us more or less depressed. So we think about these as healthy habits, the sorts of things we can do to help ourselves to feel better.
And what we see in teenagers, who are depressed, is that sometimes some of the really basic things in life, their sleep patterns, the kind of food they eat and when they eat and how they eat and the sort of activities they do, all tend to get diminished and become slightly less balanced, I suppose, in their lives. So this week, we’re going to hear from some experts who are doing research in this area, and hear from them about what the latest research tells us about sleep and exercise. And we’re also going to hear from young people about their own experiences of the disruptions they’ve experienced to these sort of everyday habits; sleep, exercise and activity.

Hello and welcome back. This week we’ll explore some of the simple steps you can take to help to improve a young person’s mood and wellbeing. These include encouraging changes around:

  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Physical activity

As children become older and more independent, they have to become more responsible for making decisions about day to day life. They may decide for themselves what time to go to bed, and what to eat for lunch. It’s right to give teenagers this responsibility. They need to find out what happens if they don’t get enough sleep, or don’t eat well. However, it’s still useful for parents and teachers to be able to provide some structure to help teenagers to make good decisions.

Later in this session we’ll be reviewing your homework from Week 1; the sleep diary.

Course tip

Don’t forget that between 16 November and 18 December, Dr Michelle Lee and your course mentors, Laura and Will, will be supporting the course discussions. Click on the link in their profile to follow them.

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