Nearly 37 million adolescents (aged 10–19) live with a mental disorder in Africa. Anxiety and depression account for almost 50 per cent of mental disorders among adolescents aged 10–19 in Africa. Suicide is the ninth most common cause of death among adolescents aged 10–19 in Africa. (www.unicef.org/media/109886).
It is during the early adolescent years that many young people develop mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, often seen within the school environment. When mental health problems in children are not dealt with in the early years, children carry them into their adult years.
As a parent or guardian, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment, you create at home. Our AMHFA for Parents awareness training will help you understand the mental health of your child/ren, spot early signs of mental health problems, what to do, and ways you can best promote your healthy mental health in your children.
Benefits of the course
- Our AMHFA for Parents awareness training will help you understand the mental health of your child/ren, spot early signs of mental health problems, what to do, and ways you can best promote your healthy mental health in your children.
Topics for this course
1. Introduction to AMHFA for parents
What is positive mental health?00:00
A child’s mental health is supported by their parents00:00
Strategies for effective positive mental health and well-being00:00
2.Parents and their influence on children’s mental wellness
Children’s adverse experiences and effects on their mental health00:00
Parent’s mental health affects children00:00
How to help your children if you are affected by mental ill health00:00
3. Common Types of mental health issues in children and young people
Common mental health problems, signs and symptoms00:00
Conditions which may increase incidents of mental health difficulties00:00
Case Study – Simran00:00
4.Recognizing signs of mental illness in children and young people
Somatic symptoms such as headaches and abdominal pains00:00
Lack of confidence and self-esteem00:00
Mental health problems in relation to abuse00:00
Trauma and childhood PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)00:00
5.Promoting positive mental health
Top tips for promoting positive mental health00:00
Treating mental and physical health as equally importantesson00:00
Cruicla aspects to promote in children00:00
Basics of a healthy lifestyle for children00:00
7. SUICIDE AWARENESS
What is suicide00:00
Signs and symptoms of someone who is suicidal00:00
Who is vulnerable to suicides in Africa00:00
Why people have suicidal thoughts00:00
What increases the risk factors of suicide?00:00
What kind of thoughts may someone who is suicidal have00:00
Quiz. Suicide awareness
8. How you can support your child when in a mental health crisis
How to help your child when they are feeling suicidal00:00
Physical first aid skills in for overdoses & suicide; self harm; cuts, rips & bleeding00:00
How can you reduce suicide risks?00:00
FINAL QUIZ for AMHFA for Parents
FINAL quiz for parents AMHFA
- There are quizzes to pass for you to get an AMHFA certificate
- Parents and main carers/guardians of children and young people
I have always had a passion for promoting mental health education and wellness in Africa and beyond.
With 25 plus years of experience, I have brought about psychological, emotional and spiritual wellness in individuals, organizations and communities, through clinical psychotherapy, community psychosocial interventions, personal development and self-care training workshops and consultancy.
In addition to the above work, I am a mental wellness and selfcare script writer and produced and hosted the ‘Shibero Show’, which aims to create awareness on mental health issues especially for communities on the continent of Africa. This can be found on You Tube .