Course Profile

Course Profile: Young People and Mental Health (1 Day)
Workers can often feel under-confident in dealing with mental health issues. Mental health difficulties however are common amongst young people and at such a crucial time in their development it is important to be able to respond appropriately. This course aims to increase understanding of mental health in young people and give insight into the experience from the young person’s perspective. It aims to provide workers with strategies for responding appropriately to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties as well as consider how to promote mental wellbeing in their work with young people. The course is informed by the DSM (V) and material from NIMH, SANE, RCP, MHF, NICE & New Horizons (2010).
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.3, HWB4.3, HWB5.3
QCF: HSC31, CMH301, CMH302T/502/5240 Care Certificate: Standards 4.1, 5.1, 5.2,5.6,9.1, 9.4a, 10.1,10.2, 13.2
Common Core: 2.32, 2.33, 3.7, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
The course is designed for frontline workers in Health & Social Care in all settings.



Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • A range of related definitions of mental health issues
  • Research findings
  • The possible signs of mental health difficulties in young people
  • Some common mental health conditions and their signs and symptoms
  • The social, emotional and psychological issues that may affect the well-being of young people
  • Young people’s experience of mental health issues
  • How to support young people with mental health issues including building confidence and self-esteem
  • The statutory and legal frameworks in relation to young people and mental health problems
  • How to use some practical strategies for helping young people
  • How to respond when dealing with young people with mental health difficulties
  • Suicide risk
  • Promoting wellbeing
  • Other help and support available
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, PowerPoint, Tutor Presentations, Small & large group work, DVD, Handouts