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Managing Common Mental Health Problems for Nurses

Speciality Classification
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session describes some of the broad issues to consider when managing common or potentially serious mental health problems in young people. It concentrates on generic principles including ethical considerations, the timeliness of intervention, and the involvement of parents.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the factors that would influence your decision as to when to intervene when a young person presents with a mental health problem
  • Be aware of the use of structured assessment tools in the management of young people with mental health problems
  • Know about the ethical and legal issues in relation to young people with mental health problems including involvement of parents
  • Have a framework for offering initial management for young people with mental health problems


Mental health problems in young people cannot always be divided into simple diagnostic categories for which there are clear management strategies. This is particularly true of young people in non-specialist health settings such as general practice, teenage clinics, and general hospital settings.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following AH sessions:

  • 10_001 Mental health and Well-Being in Adolescence (401-0046)
  • 10_004 The Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems (401-0049)
Instructors / Speakers
Dick Churchill,
GP and Medical Educator

Dick Churchill is a GP in Nottingham and former Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Nottingham. He has both clinical and academic interests in the health of young people and in mental health issues. He is a member of the RCGP Adolescent Health Group and a founder of the Association for Young People’s Health.

Managing Common Mental Health Problems for Nurses
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Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Mental Health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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