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The Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems for Nurses

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Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session describes some of the important stages of assessing a young person presenting with emotional or psychological problems. It also identifies strategies for distinguishing transient minor psychological problems from more serious ones.


Learning Objectives

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

  • List the places where young people are most likely to present with different types of mental health problems and explain possible reasons for the apparent under-recognition of such problems
  • Describe factors that may help distinguish minor transient, emotional, psychological and behavioural problems from more severe mental health disorders
  • List ten key questions that can be useful in the assessment of a young person presenting with a mental health problem and begin to apply these in the evaluation of clinical scenarios


Mental health problems and disorders are common in adolescence but frequently go unrecognised by health professionals. Early recognition and management can potentially reduce the chance of further deterioration, limit the consequences, and lead to more rapid recovery.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

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

  • 10_001 Mental Health and Well Being in Adolescence (401-0046)
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.

The Assessment of 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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