Skip to content
Skip to main content

About this free course

Download this course

Share this free course

Introduction to adolescent mental health
Introduction to adolescent mental health

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.


This free course was written by Victoria Cooper, Sharon Mallon and Anthea Wilson and was published December 2021. We would also to thank Jennifer Colloby, Steven Harrison and Karen Horsley for their key contributions and critical reading of this course. We would like to thank the parents, young people and professionals who shared their experiences with us.Their willingness to share sensitive and highly personal accounts of having or supporting those with mental health challenges adds greatly to this course and we will hope will benefit all those who find themselves in similar situation.

Except for third party materials and otherwise stated (see terms and conditions [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ), this content is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

The material acknowledged below (and within the course) is Proprietary and used under licence (not subject to Creative Commons Licence). Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this free course:

Session 4: Recognising mental health problems


Figure 1: Maria Iglovikova/

Figure 2: Olivier Le Moal/

Figure 3: adapted from the determinants of health (Dahlgren and Whitehead, 1993; in Dahlgren and Whitehead, 2007)

Figure 4: wutzkohphoto/

Figure 5: ©The Open University – for full list only

Figure 6: De Agostini Picture Library\Universal Images Group

Figure 7: courtesy: artwork by ©Wilhelmina Peragine

Figure 8 and Figure 9 (interactive) ©The Open University


Video 1: Mental health in children and young people, Dr Su Sukumaran courtesy The London Psychiatry Centre

Video 4: courtesy: 'The Cybersmile Foundation' https://www.cybersmile.org watch?v=Csxszvx3oX8

Every effort has been made to contact copyright owners. If any have been inadvertently overlooked, the publishers will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements at the first opportunity.

Don’t miss out

If reading this text has inspired you to learn more, you may be interested in joining the millions of people who discover our free learning resources and qualifications by visiting The Open University – openlearn/ free-courses.