What’s The Risk
Adolescence is a critical stage of life development and the interplay of many factors during this time can inﬂuence mental health development. The impact of changes during these developmental periods can have signiﬁcant consequences for mental health in addition to associated emotional, social, cognitive and behavioural outcomes later in life. Adolesence is also the stage in life when most mental health problems begin to develop (36). Mental health problems that go untreated can cause serious disability and distress that...Login To Read More
Myth or Fact?
Research indicates that young people often start to experiment with substances during early adolescence with the greatest probability of using cannabis occurring between 14 and 18 years of age (21). Adolescence is characterised by ongoing neuro-developmental changes, and is therefore, a sensitive period in which cannabis use can exert a greater impact on the brain compared with exposure during adulthood (41). The relationship between cannabis and mental health is complex in nature; the use of cannabis on a single occasion can induce a feeling...Login To Read More
Help-seeking behaviours are fundamental to the development of a young person’s mental health and wellbeing. Encouraging a young person to seek help early can play a pivotal role in the prevention and early intervention in relation to a mental health issue. “Help-seeking” is the term that refers to an individual actively seeking help from another person. Help-seeking behaviours rely on the support and encouragement of others, involving communication and active engagement with a diverse range of...Login To Read More
Who is there to help?
In order to encourage and support a young person appropriately to their mental health needs, when signs appear that they may be experiencing mental health difﬁculties, help-seeking barriers must be addressed and overcome. Therefore, help-seeking must be promoted across multiple domains such as school, home, peer groups, classrooms and among young people themselves. An important consideration in discussing the barriers to help-seeking, is the recognition that some young people may have previously engaged with some form of professional support...Login To Read More
Supporting Your Friends
The stigma attached to seeking help is one of the most signiﬁcant barriers to help-seeking and this is particularly evident across adolescent populations (50). The stigma associated with mental health problems is high in young people, who often don’t want their friends to know that they are in need of help for their emotional wellbeing (47). The presence of substance use can further heighten the issue of stigmatisation among adolescents. The school is a central component in a...Login To Read More
Let’s Work the Web!
Adolescence is characterised as a period of experimentation and exploration. This is further inﬂuenced by the revolution of the Internet, social media and digital platforms. Young people can now travel anywhere in a virtual world and they can source and access information of a diverse nature. In the last decade, the Internet has become a predominant source of health information especially for young people. The Central Statistics Ofﬁce (2013) in Ireland reported that 82% of Irish people have access to...Login To Read More