The Teen Mental Health Course

The TeenSTRONG Course

Help your teenager learn practical strategies for managing worry and low mood with our self-paced online course for teens and their parents.

At a Glance

Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing

Navigating the teenage years means facing many challenges, like dealing with worry and sadness. Whilst it’s normal to feel sad and worried from time to time, sometimes these feelings can stick around for longer than expected and become distressing, uncontrollable, affect everyday life, relationships, health or self-esteem.

Fortunately, these early signs of anxiety and depression in adolescence are treatable, and many young people who seek help get better. This course teaches practical skills to manage feelings of stress, worry, and low mood and build self-confidence when navigating common adolescent experiences.

About The TeenSTRONG Course

This 6-lesson course is based on an effective psychological treatment for signs of anxiety and depression in adolescence called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT). It is designed to teach young people (aged 12 to 17) how to manage feelings of stress, anxiety, worry or low mood and build confidence to navigate common adolescent experiences.

This course includes instructional modules for parents on how to support their teenager with implementing these strategies in their daily life.

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This course may be suitable for young people who:

  • Are currently between 12 and 17 years old
  • Have been feeling low, sad, and down, or don't seem to enjoy the things they used to enjoy
  • Worry a lot about a number of different things and the worry is hard to control
  • Are stuck in the way they feel and would love some help to get out of this cycle
  • Are ready and willing to learn new skills to change the way they feel

What You Will Learn

Throughout this course you will follow an illustrated story of ‘Chloe’, ‘Ella’, ‘Josh’, and ‘Will’, as they learn skills for coping with sadness, stress, and adolescence. Each lesson focuses on teaching the young person a practical skill they can use to begin changing the cycle of worry and low mood. Once they complete a lesson, you will have 5 days to practice your new skill before the next lesson becomes available.

Lesson 1

Learning About Worry and Sadness – Learn how worry and sadness affect your thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms, CBT and think about building your support network.

Lesson 2

Tackling Unhelpful Thoughts – Learn about the relationship between how you think and how you feel and practice thought challenging to help you think in more realistic and helpful ways.

Lesson 3

Boosting Mood and Facing Fears – Learn about activities you can do to feel brighter and how to confront anxiety provoking situations in a step-by-step way.

Lesson 4

Assertiveness and Coping with Stressful Situations – Learn to communicate in a confident and respectful way and learn strategies for dealing with the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Lesson 5

Solving Problems and Dealing With Worries – Learn to reduce stress using problem solving techniques and the different tools you can use when you are worried.

Lesson 6

My Toolbox of Skills and Continuing to Improve – Learn to know when to use different tools at different times and how to stay well and keep feeling better.

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What's Included

Each of our courses has been designed to help you get the most out of self-guided learning and provides you with a range of materials to support you on your recovery journey.

Lessons

Story-based lessons that teach core coping skills

Extra Resources

Tools to help you overcome common challenges

Workbooks

Exercises designed to help you tackle your symptoms. Each lesson will be accompanied with a guide for parents/carers

Alerts & Reminders

Reminder e-mails and texts to help you stay on track

Action Plans

Step-by-step activities to help you put new skills into practice

Progress Tracking

Questionnaires to help you monitor your well-being

How to Get Started

To enrol in this course you will need to speak with your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, or other health professional), and see if they can prescribe you this course and monitor you while you complete it.

You can download and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment or discuss wanting to sign-up to this course with your parent(s) or caregiver(s).

Speak with your usual clinician about completing this course

Get a Prescription

Free for 90 days of access
  • Get free access with a prescription
  • Your clinician can monitor how you are
  • Extra 12 months of access once completed
  • Available worldwide with a prescription
Supervised

Please note: our courses have not been evaluated in populations who have been diagnosed as having schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol; or take sedative medication (e.g., Valium, lorazepam) daily. More tailored, intensive, face-to-face support from a clinician may be more suitable for these populations and for people who are thinking about suicide. We recommend that such individuals seek clinician support and medical advice before enrolling into a self-guided online treatment course for their mental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, we’ve helped many individuals improve their mental health through our clinical trials and online courses. If you have any questions about this course, check out the FAQs below or get in touch with us.

Young people from 12-17 years old who have either:

a) been diagnosed as having anxiety and/or depression and would benefit from treatment, or
b) started to experience worry and/or sadness to the degree that is it troubling them or affecting their life and would benefit from learning strategies to feel better

This program can benefit both young people who have never done CBT before, and young people who have done or are currently doing CBT and would like a refresher of the tools.

Parents or carers of young people will also benefit from information about the CBT tools their child is learning throughout the course as well as practical suggestions for how they can support them.

Young people aged 16-17 years have the option of doing either Teen Mental Health Course or the Adult Mixed Depression and Anxiety program, if supervised by a clinician.

There are a few things to consider in determining which course might be more suitable.  
Please note: these are general guidelines only and that a mental health professional who knows the adolescent can help with decision-making. 

The Teen Mental Health Course is targeted toward young people from age 12-17 and targets symptoms of anxiety and low mood.

The characters in the animation are adolescents and may be more relatable for younger adolescentsThe Teen Mental Health Course has an Information and Guide for Parents/Carers accompanying each lesson that summarises the skills the young person has learned, with practical suggestions for parents/carers on how they can help.  

The rest of our course range was written for adults, and would more likely benefit older and more mature adolescents who are self-motivated and need less input from adults. Additionally, though the Teen Mental Health Course covers strategies for anxiety, it teaches more general strategies for anxiety rather than a specific kind of anxiety. If a young person would benefit specifically from a Depression course, or one of our courses geared towards a particular anxiety disorder (e.g. Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety etc.), then this may be more suitable.  

There is no right or wrong answer. We have the flexibility to allow the young person to switch to another course if they start one, but think that another one would be more appropriate.

This course is self paced, but is designed to be completed within 3 months. It is best to do one lesson every week or two to allow time to practice between lessons.

When you complete the course in 3 months, you will be given another 12 months access to help you practice your new skills and progress further.

Please note, there is a 5-day lockout period between lessons to encourage the revision of material and to give you enough time to practice the skills you have learned.

This course is free to enrol into under the guidance of your clinician.

This course is only available for enrolment under clinician supervision. This clinician would be someone who knows you such as your GP or another mental health professional.

We encourage young people, their parents/carers and clinician to discuss what kind of support will be most beneficial to the young person as they complete this course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you and your parent/carer discuss with your clinician how you can make contact if you have questions or concerns as you proceed though the lessons. 

Your parent/carer will receive an information guide with each lesson you do. This guide will summarise the skills you have learnt with ideas for how your parent/carer can support you.

You will benefit more from this course with support from both your parent/carer and clinician. Your clinician can help you apply the skills covered in the course.

You can access this course if your clinician is registered with THIS WAY UP and prescribes this course to you by e-mailing you a personalised registration link called a “Quickscript” using our secure online system.

Here’s how to discuss this option with your health professional:

Step 1.

Make an appointment with your clinician (e.g., your GP, Medical Specialist, Psychologist or other Allied Health Professional).

Step 2.

Download, print, and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment. This letter outlines some information about how your clinician can register with THIS WAY UP and prescribe our courses using our online system.

Step 3.

Ask your clinician if they are familiar with THIS WAY UP and tell them about the course you’d like to do.

If your clinician is new to THIS WAY UP, they may need some time to register and get to know our system, so you may not be able to get a course prescription right away.

If your clinician is able to prescribe and monitor you throughout the course, they will send you a ‘prescription’ e-mail called a “Quickscript” via our system with details on how to enrol.

Please note, it is up to individual clinicians to decide whether it is appropriate for them to prescribe and monitor you through one of our courses. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your clinician will be able to assist you.

The Science Behind Our Courses

This course has been adapted from our adult Mixed Depression & Anxiety Course to be more suitable for young people from 12-17 years of age. The Mixed Depression & Anxiety Course has been extensively researched and evaluated in RCTs and effectiveness studies.

Please visit our Research Page to learn more about the research behind our courses.

Why choose this way up…

Online Courses That Work

THIS WAY UP has been developing and releasing scientifically-supported online mental health courses for over a decade. We ensure that our courses help individuals achieve real positive results by conducting clinical research and adhering to the best practice guidelines in treatment of mental health conditions.

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For Clinicians

This course has been developed using best practice, evidence-based strategies for the treatment of Anxiety and Depression in adolescents.

As a registered THIS WAY UP clinician you can prescribe The Teen Mental Health Course to your clients and stay informed of their progress.