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Introduction to adolescent mental health
Introduction to adolescent mental health

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Session 2: Understanding adolescence


Welcome to the second session of Introduction to adolescent mental health, in which you will learn about the stage of development known as adolescence. You will also have the opportunity to draw upon many of the insights you gained in Session 1 about mental health and its complexities. To get started, watch a short video in which two young women – Martha and Josie – talk about what it was like to be an adolescent.

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Video 1: Reflecting on adolescence
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In this second session, you will learn how ‘adolescence’ is defined and why it is a time of development in a person’s life that brings its own set of challenges. You’ll gain some understanding of young people’s experiences, as well as what is going on in their brains at the same time. It isn’t always clear what is ‘normal’ when it comes to adolescent behaviour and mental health, indeed the very idea of what is normal can be questioned. This session will conclude by trying to shed some light on the idea of normality as it applies to adolescence.