Understanding Mental Health - From mental wellbeing to mental health problems

Adolescence and young adulthood is a period of great change, personal growth and an important time for a young person in terms of how they see and understand themselves, others and their place in the world. The challenges that come along with this life stage are significant — school and work stress, increasing independence, growing social demands and relationship break‑ups are just some of the things a young person may grapple with as they move into adulthood. Given these demands on young people, it can be difficult for professionals who work with young people to tell what is a “normal” part of growing up and what is a sign of a mental health problem.