An Introduction to the Subject of Young People’s Mental Health


Event Date :
19 August 2020
Cost :
Venue :
Delivered Virtually via Zoom (link will be circulated)
Description :


Many workers have asked us to set up training to support them as youth work opens up. The Devon Youth Work Partnership have now agreed a series of four 75-minute weekly Zoom sessions starting on the 12th August at 6.30pm. These sessions are for people who work with, care for or support young people, offering an introduction to the subject of young people’s mental health.

These sessions are not intended to provide clinical information about the numerous mental health issues that can affect young peoples’ lives, but rather seek to increase understanding and awareness around mental illness in its wider context, and thereby help us to be better placed to spot the signs of mental distress, feel more confident in how to respond, and offer practical and positive help and support. Whilst each webinar will stand alone, the sessions will build on from the content provided in the previous session. There will be a short time at the end of each session for Q&A. 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE ON ANY OF THESE SESSIONS - please email with names/email addresses.  Mark will circulate Zoom joining instructions prior to each meeting.

Wednesday 12th August 6.30 – 7.45pm Mental health and young people: Understanding mental health

  • What is mental health
  • Adolescent brain development
  • New research and ways of understanding mental health
  • Understanding stress and trauma

Wednesday 19th August 6.30 – 7.45pm Mental health and young people: What to look out for

  • Spotting the signs and symptoms of mental ill health
  • Risk factors
  • The impact of stigma
  • The self-esteem crisis

Wednesday 26th August 6.30 – 7.45pm Mental health and young people: How to help

  • How to respond to a young person
  • Listening skills
  • Building resilience to help young people cope
  • Self-help strategies

Wednesday 2nd September 6.30 - 7.45pm Mental health and young people: What next

  • Managing risk and what to do if you are worried
  • Suicide
  • Self-care
  • Signposting and resources

These sessions will be delivered by specialist Debbie Humberstone from The Project Training & Consultancy, a social enterprise, offering a range of interactive mental health related workshops which aim to raise awareness around adult and young people’s mental health issues, breaking down the stigma and prejudice surrounding mental illness, and ensuring those who work with, support or care for adults and young people have the knowledge and experience to offer timely and effective support to those in need.