Mad, Bad or Sad? – Mental Health and Adolescents

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.


Young people often attract labels in the form of a mental health diagnosis – mental illness, disorder or disability. This workshop explores the meaning of these labels and considers the special needs of young people with mental health issues and aims to provide an understanding of current treatment approaches and ways to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Participants will explore the real life experiences of young people with mental health issues using case studies and video presentation and will address the labelling, myths and stigma which often impede treatment and recovery. Learn about how mental illness/disorder or disability is defined and diagnosed and explore the presenting features and current treatment approaches for a range of mental health issues for adolescents.

Participants will learn about:

  • How mental illnesses, disabilities and disorders are diagnosed in young people
  • Diagnosis of mental disorders in adolescents – DSM V criteria
  • Anxiety disorders – Panic disorder, social phobia, separation anxiety, OCD, PTSD, etc
  • Mood disorders – Depression, Bipolar disorder
  • Deliberate Self Injury and Suicidal behaviours – assessing risk and responding appropriately
  • Psychosis/schizophrenia – including drug induced psychosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder – including Asperger’s syndrome
  • Substance use disorders – dual diagnosis and comorbidity
  • How to help/support a person with a mental health issues
  • Resources – useful internet sites, apps, etc.

Who should attend?

Anyone working with young people