Free online webinar: Exploring anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders in teenagers and an introduction to mental health first aid

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A free webinar for foster carers and practitioners which will explore different areas of teenage mental health. The webinar will provide an introduction on mental health first aid, tips on how to recognise the signs of mental health issues in teenagers; and how you can support young people in care to manage and look after their wellbeing and mental health.


Please note that these webinars are for foster carers and practitioners in Wales only.

Mental health influences how we think and feel about ourselves and others, and how we interpret events. A young person with good mental health will feel the ability to control their emotions, be able to think, reason and remember; and develop and sustain positive relationships with others.

For some young people in care, the past trauma or certain life events they have experienced can have a negative impact on their mental health. Many teenagers may not know if they are developing symptoms of mental health issues and they may feel embarrassed or scared to talk to others about this.

For many foster carers, the idea of supporting or intervening in a young person’s mental health issue can be a challenging prospect. There may be the worry of saying the wrong thing and making matters worse, but with the right strategies you can approach those difficult conversations or situations and help support the young person.

This webinar will explore young people’s mental health and help develop your awareness of the signs and triggers in relation to anxiety disorders, depression, self-harming and eating disorders. The webinar will cover strategies, ideas and tips on how to support a young person who may be facing challenges with these areas of their mental health.

The webinar will:

  • provide a brief overview of what is teenage mental health and its impact on adolescents
  • explore the different areas of mental health in teenagers, looking specifically at anxiety disorder, depression, self-harm and eating disorders
  • look at the factors that could make young people in care more vulnerable to the different areas of mental health issues
  • help foster carers and practitioners understand the possible causes and identify the signs, symptoms and possible risk factors for each of these different mental health issues
  • provide strategies, advice and tips on how to support a young person in care by using mental health first aid.

Booking your free place

Please note that these webinars are for foster carers and practitioners in Wales only.

To book and confirm your place on one of these webinars, please follow the relevant link below.

When booking, please select just one date to attend. We expect the webinars to be popular, so please book early in order to secure your place.

Thursday 22 October from 12.30 – 2pm

Tuesday 3 November 2020 from 7 – 8.30pm

Thursday 5 November 2020 from 10 – 11.30am 

The webinars will be hosted on the digital platform Microsoft Teams. We will send further details once bookings are confirmed.