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Course Overview

Learn how to identify and help with anxiety in young people

Anxiety is a common condition experienced by young people that can escalate to a point where it impacts on their general wellbeing and activities of daily living; brain development and performance at school or college. If untreated the risk of developing chronic and enduring mental health conditions increases, as well as the risks of deliberate self harm and suicide.

On this course you will learn how to identify anxiety disorders experienced by young people, understand ‘stigma’ related to mental health and develop your ability to help a young person experiencing debilitating anxiety


Week 1
Introduction to the course

In the introductory steps of the course we will introduce the educators and give you the opportunity to let us and the other learners know what you want to get out of the course.

The characteristics of anxiety

In this section we will look at some of the emotions and the physical sensations associated with anxiety.

Adolescent development

In the following steps we will explore the complex world of adolescent development.

Week 2
Anxiety as a biological response / toxic stress

In this first activity of the week we will look at how anxiety is used as a natural biological response and find out what we mean by toxic stress.

Other linked mental health conditions

In the next few steps we will discuss some of the other common mental health conditions that may be present with anxiety.

Stigma and mental illness

In this final step activity of the week we will look at some resources focusing on the stigma associated with mental health.

Week 3

Assisting a young person experiencing abnormal anxiety states

This course is for health professionals and teachers without specialist training in this area, it doesn’t require any prior experience or knowledge. It’s suitable for professionals doing continuous professional development.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Identify anxiety disorders commonly experienced by adolescents
  • Describe the aetiology (causes) of anxiety in young people
  • Explain what ‘stigma’ is in relation to mental illness generally
  • Identify between normal and abnormal anxiety states
  • Explain how to assist a young person experiencing abnormal anxiety states