Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People

Understand how to recognise depression and low mood in teenagers and learn how to help.



Study method
Online, self-paced
5 Weeks
No formal qualification

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Understand how to recognise depression and low mood in teenagers and learn how to help.

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Learn how to recognise and help with depression and low mood in young people

Depression in teenagers can be long-lasting and have wide-ranging effects. Identifying such difficulties early on and offering appropriate support is key in bringing about positive change for young people. However parents and professionals are not always aware of key signs and symptoms of depression or what to do when teenagers are faced with such difficulties.

This course will help you to recognise low mood and depression in teens, understand CBT – an evidence based treatment, discover practical techniques to help support young people and, access sources of further advice.

What will you achieve?

Understand the key signs and symptoms of adolescent depression and how it may present within the family and school environment.

Identify how depression differs from low mood and other ‘normal’ mood fluctuations in teenagers.

Describe key environmental and lifestyle factors which may contribute to depression in teenagers.

Discuss what teenagers and parents/carers can do to promote a healthier lifestyle within the family.

Understand how a psychological approach can help us to better understand teenage depression.

Understand key Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other strategies that can be helpful for low mood

Identify how patterns of behaviour and thinking can contribute to depression in teenagers and how these can be addressed in therapy.

Discuss the importance of good communication when supporting teenagers with depression, both within families and between families and other agencies such as schools.

Summarise how and why breakdowns in communication may occur and how to resolve these.

Who is this course for?

The course has been specifically created for parents of young people with depression and low mood, teachers and primary (or other) healthcare professionals who play a role in detecting mental health difficulties and offering appropriate support and guidance to young people.


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