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This resource explains the difference between counseling and counseling skills, and reviews how mental health issues affect children’s behavior, self-esteem, motivation, and achievement.
Chapter 2: Mental Health and Young People
Mental Health and Young People
Defining Mental Health
The task of defining mental health and mental illness is a notoriously difficult one. The Mental Health Foundation, in Bright Futures: Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health (1999), recorded:
If our views of children are ambiguous, our thinking on mental health is even more confused. The media feeds us images of ‘the mentally ill’ as unpredictable and dangerous maniacs who need to be locked up. At the same time Prozac, a drug intended to treat clinical depression, is deemed ...