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Introduction to adolescent mental health
Introduction to adolescent mental health

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Session 6: Supporting young people


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Supporting young people who are experiencing mental health issues can be challenging for both parents and practitioners. In this session, you will learn about some of the strategies that could make a real difference to any young person you are concerned about. You will draw on knowledge about what can help young people manage their mental health, as well as some insights gained from neuroscience.

To get started, watch this video in which young people who have experienced mental health problems discuss what has helped them.

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Video 1: Another Way: Young people talk mental health
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Returning to the mental health spectrum introduced in Sessions 2 and 3, you might consider that in an ideal world everyone would be sailing along in the ‘healthy’ green zone, with perhaps the occasional dip into the yellow ‘coping’ zone when life becomes challenging. To think about interventions for mental health problems in a simplistic way, the aim is to help young people who are ‘struggling’ or ‘unwell’ to move to the ‘healthy’ or ‘coping’ end of the spectrum.

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Figure 2: Mental health spectrum (repeated from Session 2 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .)

This session will begin by asking you to consider how you and others in your community can intervene and support a young person by listening actively and promoting helpful strategies.