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Meet the Educator team who developed this free, online course with practical advice to help manage low mood and depression.

Hello and welcome to ‘Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression’. If this is your first course, please review the ‘Using FutureLearn’ article  for an introduction to learning on this platform.

This course is full of useful, practical advice to help you manage low mood and depression. It will also help parents and supporters explore how they can help and offer support and you’ll find content for both groups. You’ll explore tips on structuring your day, the importance of modelling and self-care, as well as advice on managing difficult thoughts and using communication to keep conflict to a minimum.

Please note: this course was originally created to support young people during COVID-19 but has been reviewed and updated so it’s relevant beyond the pandemic.

Meet your educator team:

This course has been written by Dr Monika Parkinson, Dr Faith Orchard and Dr Michelle Lee. Watch Monika and Faith introduce themselves in the video above.

Dr Monika Parkinson Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Research Fellow at the University of Reading. Monika has over 15 years of clinical experience with young people and families in NHS and private settings. She has conducted a number of research studies on anxiety and depression in young people and has a special interest in the well-being of parents.
Dr Faith Orchard Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Faith’s work has involved carrying out research on anxiety and depression in young people. She is particularly interested in how young people develop mental health problems, and how these problems can be prevented and/or treated.
Dr Michelle Lee  Educational Outreach Lead at the Charlie Waller Institute. Michelle oversees projects designed to raise awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in children, young people and adults within schools and primary healthcare settings.

We’d also like to acknowledge and thank Professor Shirley Reynolds and Dr Laura Pass as well as our colleagues from the Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY) Research Clinic, at the University of Reading. Professor Shirley Reynolds devised our FutureLearn course Understanding Low Mood and Depression in Young People and co-authored it with Michelle, Monika, Faith and Dr Laura Pass.


During certain periods during the year this course will be facilitated by a mentor team. You can check when the mentors are active on the course description page. They will answering questions where they can but can’t promise that they’ll be able to respond to everyone, and they won’t be able to offer individual advice on your young person’s mental health difficulties.

Getting started

Now that you’ve met the team, it’s your turn to introduce yourself in the discussion area below. Before you do, remember;

  • it’s important to be mindful that your fellow learners’ circumstances may differ,
  • be careful about sharing sensitive and personal information about yourself or others that can be used to identify an individual,
  • if you see a comment which is inappropriate, press the flag button beneath the comment for FutureLearn’s moderators to review.

Let’s return to the course. Say hello in the discussion below and tell us where in the world you’re currently based.

You can ‘Like’ and reply to other learners’ comments. You can also filter comments to see those that are ‘Most liked’ and find your own by selecting ‘My comments’.

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