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Rebuilding healthy eating habits

In this video, Dr Daniel Lamport discusses the importance of healthy eating habits, and ways to encourage them in the home. For more suggestions to help improve your teenager’s diet …

How much sleep do teenagers need?

Sleep is another essential component of day to day living, and it’s a behaviour that changes throughout childhood. So how much sleep do teenagers need, and how do sleeping patterns …

Research on eating and depression

A number of studies have explored the relationship between diet and mood in young people. Here are two examples: Click to image to expand. It’s important to interpret research findings …

Young person’s view: Eating habits

In this video, Jack and Emma describe how depression affected their eating habits. Do any of their experiences sound familiar? Please note: For the purposes of the course, these characters …

The impact of eating and nutrition

In this video Dr Faith Orchard discusses the importance of a healthy balanced diet, and the relationship young people have with food when suffering from depression. Eating is a huge …

What is good to eat?

Research in nutrition and health has started to identify some types of foods that seem to have a psychological effect. Flavonoids Flavonoids are a group of nutrients that are found …

The effects of depression on daily routine

Problems with sleeping, eating and engaging in physical activities are some of the symptoms of depression. They’re also common symptoms of a range of other difficulties, including anxiety and behavioural …

Looking after yourself too

If you are an adult supporting a teenager who is unhappy, this is likely to be an upsetting and challenging time for you and it can be really hard to …

Taking a CBT approach

Throughout this course, we’ll be drawing on the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help us to understand and make sense of the signs and symptoms that your teenager …

Seeking help

If you’re concerned about your young person we would urge you to seek additional help. Normally this would be via a family doctor or General Practitioner. Depression can sometimes look …

Frontline staff: Depression

Depression in young people is very common; however, it can go unrecognised (for example, symptoms may be dismissed as normal teenager behaviour, and young people might be reluctant to confide …

Depression and self-harm

When young people are very low or depressed, they may engage in self-harm behaviour. This refers to any harmful act or behaviour that is aimed towards themselves, either directly (eg …

Talking about depression

It’s important to be observant about your young person and notice what’s going on. As we’ve discussed, ‘normal’ teenage behaviour can be similar to the behaviour of depressed teenagers so …

Young person’s view: Depression

In this Step, we meet Jack and Emma – two young people who’ve experienced depression. We’ll hear about how depression affected them. Please watch the clip and try to pick …