Focus on... Adolescent mental health in August

Later this month I will be leading some workshops on adolescent mental health in Stavanger, so I thought that this would be a good focus for a few posts over August, particularly with the new Norwegian school year beginning in a couple of weeks.

So, if you are a teenager, or you live with a teenager, are expecting one in the future, know one , or just were a teenager once, please follow me here and on Facebook for regular posts during August, with enlightening and helpful links and support.  adolescent mental health

Young Minds (a fantastic organization, please see below for more) define mental health as ‘the strength and capacity of our minds to grow and develop, to be able to overcome difficulties and challenges and to make the most of our abilities and opportunities’.

Good mental health incorporates our capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships, to learn and play, to develop into a mentally healthy adult. The teenage years are often characterized by a push against authority and the boundaries set by family and school, by new and sometimes challenging behavior. This is entirely normal, and in many ways a healthy exploration of our place in the world, but sometimes young people, their parents or teachers become worried by the young person's distress, difficulty coping or by challenging behaviour, and then it is important to seek help as soon as possible.  A great source of information is Young Minds ‘the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people’. The Young Minds website has lots of information for young people and their parents, carers, teachers and other professionals. Take a look.

For more on adolescent mental health over August please take a look at, and like, the Counselling Psychology Stavanger Facebook page.