Children and Young People’s Mental Health Training

In 2017, approximately one in ten children were experiencing mental health problems. By 2020, this had risen to one in six, demonstrating how serious and significant an issue this is for children in the UK.

In order to fully understand and support children and young people, mental health awareness training is essential for those who work with them. This in-depth, online course will give you an understanding of some of the different mental health conditions that children and young people can experience. You’ll learn how to recognise the signs of mental illness in children and the actions you can take to offer help and support.


  • Developed with specialists
  • Includes relevant, up to date statistics
  • Interactive video-based learning
  • Unlimited access 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Certificate of achievement on completion
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes

*Annual price per unit 


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About the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Online Training Course

The course starts by defining mental illness and mental health problems and their impact on children and young people. There’s extensive coverage of the many types of mental illnesses found in this group, and how they can be recognised and treated.

You’ll learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression and Self-Harm, and Eating Disorders (including Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating).

Other mental illnesses covered in this training course include Schizophrenia, Autism, Learning Difficulties, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Sleep Apnoea and Social Phobia. For each condition, you’ll learn about symptoms and causes – and the actions to take if you suspect a child or young person has a mental health condition.

We’ll deal with prognosis and prevention – and show how to promote positive mental health and dispel common myths. Finally, you’ll learn practical techniques to help you talk to children or young people about their
mental health.

Aims of the course

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define Mental Health and its impact on children and young people
  • Learn about the common mental health issues found in children and young people
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms found in children and young people and recognise the causes and risk factors involved
  • Be aware of the treatment and support available and understand the long-term outcomes of mental health issues in children and young people

Who is this online training course for?

This course is aimed at teachers and youth workers who may work with children who exhibit signs of mental health issues. It would also benefit any other individuals who work closely with children, or those who wish to better understand children and young people’s mental health.


Course content


The course opens by defining mental health and exploring what is meant by mental ill health. It also explains the subtle differences between mental health problems and mental illness.

You’ll be introduced to the impact of mental disorders in children and young people, their prevalence and the mental health continuum.

2Mental Illnesses in Children and Young Adults: Part 1

This chapter begins with an in-depth look of the most common mental illnesses found in children and young adults.

Starting with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you’ll hear about the prevalence of the condition, how it can be recognised and how it may affect children in schools. The differences between how the condition presents in girls and boys are explained, and information about the signs and symptoms you may witness is given.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is explained next, and you’ll hear about how to support a child who has this disorder. You’ll learn about the different physical and emotional symptoms that may present, and the ways the condition can impact a child. The different types of anxiety disorder are explained along with the treatments that can help improve the condition.

This section concludes with an explanation of Depression and how and why it may affect children and young people. The differences between Major Depression and Dysthymia are explained, and the symptoms a child or young person may display are explored.


3Mental Illnesses in Children and Young Adults: Part 2

In this next chapter, you’ll continue to learn about the common mental illnesses affecting children and young people.

Self-Harm is explained and you’ll find out about why children may self-harm, and the other conditions they may have alongside self-harming.

Eating Disorders are summarised, and you’ll learn about the 3 main types of eating disorder – Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. You’ll explore when and why each type of eating disorder may start, and the symptoms each condition may include.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is explained next and you’ll hear explanations about how it can vary in severity, the characteristics of an autistic child, and the autistic symptoms that you may see when working with children.


4Mental Illnesses in Children and Young Adults: Part 3

As you continue to learn about the common mental illnesses found in children and young adults, you’ll hear about learning disabilities and how children with these conditions may also suffer from mental health issues.

Schizophrenia is covered next, with the common signs and symptoms explained, and the differences between the condition in children and adults examined.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is summarised, and you’ll find out about possible causes of this condition and coping strategies.

An exploration of Bipolar Disorder comes next in this chapter, and the course will explain the signs and symptoms a child may display during manic and depressive episodes.

To conclude this section, you’ll hear a summary of other mental illnesses found in children and young adults including panic disorder, social phobia, PANs, and PANDAs.


5Signs of Mental Illnesses in Children and Young People

This module looks at a variety of topics, including a wide range of symptoms that might make you suspect a child or young person could have a form of mental illness.

The possible causes and risk factors of mental illness in children and young people are covered in this chapter, as well as the steps you can take if you suspect someone has a mental illness.


6Diagnoses and Treatment

Here, you’ll hear about the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems in children and young people, and the evaluations and observations that may be carried out by specialists when making a diagnosis.

Next, you’ll learn about the common treatment options and their benefits including psychotherapy, mindfulness, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), different types of Medication, diet, and the role of the parents.


7Prognoses and Outcomes

In this chapter, you’ll learn about the short and long term prognosis for children and young adults with mental illnesses.

Protective factors are explained, and you’ll hear about how a child’s environment can impact their condition, as well as exploring the possible barriers to treatment.

The chapter concludes with looking at how positive mental health in children and young adults can be promoted, and dispels some of the common myths surrounding mental illness.



This final chapter sets out guidelines and tips to help you talk to a child or young person about their mental health.

You’ll hear about the steps you should take if you suspect a child or young person has a mental health condition, and gain some useful communication guidelines you could follow.

To conclude, you’ll be given important information and useful tips about talking to children about their mental health or other sensitive topics, preparing for conversations, and how to address and reflect upon what was said.


If you’re interested in more Health and Wellbeing Training topics, you may wish to take a look at our Mental Health Awareness Training or undertake additional Autism Awareness or ADHD Awareness Training. We’ve got all the training courses you’ll need to ensure compliance in the education sector, including Safeguarding Children and Prevent Duty Training.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for bespoke training, get in touch with us and let us know your requirements.


Ready-to-go online training

This module is ready-to-go and you could be up and running in a matter of minutes. If you’re still unsure, learn more about the benefits of RealSense’s ready-to-go online training or simply ask us for a demo. We can help you get started and remember our support team are always on hand if you need them.

What do you get?

Our course(s), designed by topic specialists, are simple and easy to use and can be completed in your own time, at your own pace. You will get unlimited 24/7 access to the learning platform, your resources, digital training record and access to your certificate is available upon completion.

When purchasing for larger groups of people, remember that our onboarding process can help setup the platform to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

If you cannot find the answer to your query in our Frequently Asked Questions, or if you would like a quote, a chat through your training requirements or just need some technical help then our support team are here to help. Contact us today.

How is it delivered?

Modules are delivered via our online learning platform, Activbase or available in alternative formats for use on a customer’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Once payment has been received, you will be sent an email from RealSense confirming your purchase followed by a separate email from our Activbase Learning Platform with details on how to access your course(s). Access is available 24/7 for the duration of your license. Customers requiring a different course format e.g. SCORM for use on their own LMS, please contact us with your requirements.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Training

Upon successful course completion, a certificate of achievement is available and or automatically added to a learner’s digital record. 

Digital certificate – print, download, store

The certificate itself includes the learner’s name, course title, completion score / result, completion date and any marks of approval, accreditation authorities, and or distribution partners. It can be downloaded, stored or printed.

Learning records

When using our platform Activbase, learning records are available 24/7 for review, tracking progress and access to certificates. Records contain details of sessions including progress, attempts and results. This and additional data such as associated CPD, standards and qualifications are logged and available for information insights and management reporting – a powerful resource for tracking compliance as well as monitoring learning pathways.

Please note: when accessing the course via standalone media or 3rd party systems, you will need to check those systems log learning activity appropriate to your training needs.


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Product Specification

This module is designed to operate on industry standard multimedia PC compatible computers / laptops and or mobile devices with a suitable processor e.g. 2.0GHz Intel or AMD Processor, 4GB RAM or higher. A good reliable internet connection is required of at least 3Mb+/sec.


Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later

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Articulate Mobile Player in Apple iOS 10 or later on iPad
Articulate Mobile Player in Android OS 4.4 or later (optimized for tablets)


Internet Explorer 11 must be installed.


OS: Windows 7+ | Browser: Up to date | Video: Up to date video drivers | Memory: 1Gb+ RAM | Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+/sec)
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Screen Readers

Windows: NVDA, JAWS 16 or later
Mac: VoiceOver
iPhone: VoiceOver
iPad: VoiceOver
Android: TalkBack

Accessibility Guidelines

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Our standard courses conform to SCORM / AICC (and TinCan) e-learning standards and have been successfully delivered on over 30 different learning management systems worldwide.

Activbase Online

Activbase is our own simple and easy to use learning platform for administrating, distributing and managing training. Our video based courses are streamed via our Activbase platform.

Other Devices

Most of our products are available on devices including Tablet, iPAD, smartphone or deliverable via media such as CD-ROM, USB memory stick and more. Let us know what you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Pre-sale - Have a question about price, discounts, customising, demos, access?

Q: How do I access the online learning course?

A: The course is accessed via our own Activbase learning platform, or can be made available as a SCORM object for you to upload to your own Learning Management System.

Q: What if I would like to add or change some of the content to make it more specfic to my organisation?

A: We can swiftly tailor courses to suit your specific training needs. Please contact our team to discuss your requirements and request a quote.

Q: Is it possible to arrange a demo?

A: Yes, of course. If you would like to have a demo of a course or the Activbase Learning Platform then simply contact our team who will be able to arrange a demo for you.

Q: I represent an organisation with lots of employees we would like to train. Can your solution manage that? How much will it cost? Is there a discount when buying for a large workforce?

A: Our digital learning solutions are suitable for small, medium and large organisations. The solution is scalable so you can purchase for an individual or for a large organisation. We have an affordable pricing structure with discounts available for larger volumes. Simply let us know what courses you would like, how many employees you wish to train and we can tailor a package to suit your specific training needs. Simply ask us for a quote.

What is Activbase?

Activbase is a simple and easy to use Learning Management System (LMS) from RealSense that you can use to access your online learning courses. It provides hosting, administration, distribution and tracking of learning activities from a single cloud based platform. Find out more about the features and benefits of Activbase.

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Q: I have a technical issue, what should I do?

A: That’s an easy one. Please contact us. You can get in touch via our online form, email our support team or call your account manager or our technical support team today.

Q: I have forgotten my password, what should I do?

A: If you have forgotten or lost your Activbase password, you can request a password reset through our learning platform, Activbase.

Records and certificates - Is the course accredited? What if i fail? Can I download my certificate?

Q: Is the course accredited?

Most of our courses are accredited by relevant authorities / approval bodies applicable to the course such as CPD, RoSPA or IIRSM. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any specific standard / approval requirements.

Q: Will I get a certificate?

All courses come with a certificate of achievement in recognition of completing the course successfully. A digital record is stored with each learner’s history and certificates are available for access and download.

Q: What if I fail my course?

If you do not achieve the pass rate for the course then you will be given the opportunity to review the training content and attempt the assessment again. With some of the video based courses, the course may be locked on a third failed attempt, subject to a review by your organisation administrator of a member of the RealSense support team.

I have another question, can you help?

If you cannot find the answer to your question here or in our detailed Frequently Asked Questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We are here to help answer your queries, help get you started and make sure you are maximising our digital learning solutions throughout.

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