Certificate in Understanding Low Mood, Sadness and Depression in Children and Young People

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Certificate in Understanding Low Mood, Sadness and Depression in Children and Young People

Course Duration: 55 minutes (approx.)

Children and young people may suffer from low mood, sadness or depression at different stages of their life. They will mature and develop emotionally at different times so it is important that staff have the necessary training to help children manage their own feelings, increase their self-awareness and build their confidence, resilience and self-worth through their formative years.

Developed by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, this essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand, identify and respond to low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people.

Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in line with the following policies:

  • Keeping children safe in education

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the causes of low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people and the harmful effects this can have on them.
  • Recognising the potential signs and physical symptoms of low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people.
  • Understanding a range of strategies used to reduce low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people, as well as acknowledging the ways they can be supported.
  • Understanding how to create a whole-school ethos and environment that has a positive influence on children and young people.
  • Recognising the range of external resources that can be accessed in order to help and support children and young people dealing with low mood, sadness and depression.

Course Units

Introduction

Developed by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, this essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand, identify and respond to low mood, sadness and depression in c...

Module 1: Introduction to low mood, sadness and depression

Module 1 will provide you with an overview of the concept of low mood, sadness and depression, including acknowledging how common it is in children and young people and the importance of reducing stigma.

Module 2: Causes of low mood, sadness and depression

In module 2, you will learn about the causes of low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people of different age groups, as well the differences between low mood/sadness and depression.

Module 3: Signs of low mood, sadness and depression

In module 3, you will learn to recognise the various signs and potential indicators of low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people of different age groups, as well as the physical symptoms and factors that can make low mood, sadness...

Module 4: Reducing low mood, sadness and depression

Module 4 will provide you with a range of preventative strategies and top tips for reducing low mood, sadness and depression in children and young people.

Module 5: Whole-school ethos

Module 5 looks at how to create a whole-school ethos and environment that has a positive influence on children and young people.

Module 6: Additional resources

Module 6 will provide you with a range of external resources that can help support children and young people dealing with low mood, sadness and depression.

Anna Bateman

About The Expert

Anna Bateman

Subject matter expert on mental health & wellbeing, who works in an advisory role for the DfE.
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