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.

Mental Health and Young People

Mental health and young people

Defining Mental Health

This chapter discusses how:

Mental health and mental illness are difficult to define accurately, but a school needs to be operating at a variety of levels if it is to prevent and respond to mental health problems.

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 ...

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