Wellcome- Why do we have an epidemic of mental health issues in adolescents?

Ref: C3530853

The alarming rise of mental health issues among the young has been blamed by some on a lack of mental toughness or resilience in the so-called 'snowflake generation. Others have claimed that the cause lies in the increasing pressures of daily life, including a highly competitive culture and a focus on the individual self. What light can science throw on this debate?

Additional information about this course

This activity is part of a project that is funded by the Wellcome Trust

Course aim

To critically examine the scientific evidence for the claimed epidemic of mental health issues in young people.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is open to anyone to attend.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand the changing nature of diagnosis for mental illnesses
  • become familiar with concepts of mental toughness and resilience
  • appreciate the argument for social causes of mental health disorders
  • review the evidence for and against both sides of the argument and reach my own conclusion
  • Understand the work of the Wellcome Trust

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • opportunities for follow up courses will be suggested.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Sources of further online information will be provided together with an electronic copy of the presentation used for those who leave an e-mail address.

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Wellcome- Why do we have an epidemic of mental health issues in adolescents?

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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