ERIC Number: ED476934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Learning Needs of Young Adults with Mental Health Difficulties. NIACE Briefing Sheet.
National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
A 1996 report recognized the benefits of effective learning provision and the impact that mental health difficulties can have on quality of life of young adults in the United Kingdom. The range of mental health difficulties experienced by young adults in the United Kingdom and elsewhere is similar to that experienced by the older population and includes depression, stress, and anxiety. Research has established that effective learning provision for young adults with mental health difficulties should do the following things: (1) focus on the needs and interests of the young people themselves and be relevant to their lives; (2) be conducted in an accessible, safe, and comfortable environment away from the stigma and embarrassment often associated with mental health difficulties; (3) address the low self-confidence and negative self-perceptions experienced by many young adults with mental difficulties; and (4) offer access to a range of services, including one-to-one learning support, group work, and counseling. The following benefits of learning for young adults with mental difficulties have been identified: structure and stability; confidence and self-esteem; support networks; empowerment; progression; and personal satisfaction. Society also benefits when the learning needs of young people with mental difficulties are met. (Lists 6 resources and 11 contacts.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adult Education, Counseling Services, Educational Benefits, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Mental Disorders, Nonprofit Organizations, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Social Support Groups, Young Adults
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education,Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (free). For full text: http://www.niace.org.uk/information/Briefing_sheets/Young_Adults_MHD.h tm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom