Understanding low mood and depression in young people

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Want to know more about low mood and depression in young people? The University of Reading and FutureLearn course Understanding low mood and depression in young people provides an accessible introduction to the subject.

Video clips, role play, based on lived experience and access to up to date clinical research all help make this an engaging and beneficial professional development opportunity. Understanding the difference between ‘normal’ low mood and depression can help those working with young people know when specialist support may be needed. The course covers the key areas of life that can impact on a young person’s mood: sleep, eating habits and physical activity. Cycles of behaviour and how these impact on mood is clearly explained. The course explores how negative thinking reinforces the depressive cycle, making it hard to recover.

Treatment options involving behavioural activation (BA) and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) are described and shown to help change thinking and consequently behaviour. The importance of parents/carers taking care of their health is stressed, this is something those working in school settings may want to reflect on. Understanding the needs of families of someone suffering from depression may indirectly help the young person themselves.

The course content is backed up by research evidence and feedback from young people and their parents/carers. Research papers, articles and video clips are used throughout the course allowing the participant to broaden their knowledge and understanding. Detailed references allow those that want to know more to read around the subject and extend beyond the main themes.

Another interesting and informative free online course from Future Learn that provides valuable continuing professional development for anyone working with young people.

Understanding low mood and depression in young people
www.futurelearn.com/courses/depression-young-people

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