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Introduction to adolescent mental health
Introduction to adolescent mental health

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6 Summary of Session 4

The main learning points of this session are:

  • Social, psychological and biomedical perspectives can help practitioners to make sense of mental health problems. Determinants of mental health extend from aspects of the person that cannot be changed through to their behaviours, social networks, and wider characteristics of the communities where they live.

  • Professionals who work in the mental health field can take contrasting approaches to their work, and this can create the potential for conflict. Mostly, however, they are keen to combine their skills productively to help the young person.

  • Social media form a significant aspect of the friendship networks and wider communities for many young people. Social media can sometimes distort how young people view themselves through contagion and social comparisons using images and misinformation.

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Now to go Session 5.