[31] Teen Mental Health Today with Daniel Licence

teen mental health1 in 10 young people have a diagnosed mental health problem – and 70% of those don’t get the proper intervention at an early enough age. We need to keep an open discussion about mental health, so we can learn more about the symptoms and reduce the problems.

I speak today with Daniel Licence, a mental health adviser at Osborne Cawkwell, a tutoring agency in London. I first met him at a teen mental health seminar run by The Tutors’ Association, and he was the main speaker. It was so informative so I decided to have him on the School Success Formula Podcast.

Osborne Cawkwell has trained their tutors to deal with mental health amongst their students, and Daniel finds that the one-to-one dynamic provides a better situation for monitoring and identifying mental health issues than the classroom environment in schools. With body changes, social needs and pressures, being a teenager is a confusing age – it’s important to monitor and keep an eye on your children or students.

On this show, Daniel shares the 4 main types of teen mental health problems, as well as how to spot the early signs and get treatment – he also shares his personal experiences with depression and anxiety.

About Daniel Licence

Dan is a mental health adviser at OC, and a facilitator at Ruby Wax's Frazzled Cafe. He is a trained Mental Health First Aider with a Level 3 diploma in Mental Health, and qualifies as a mindfulness teacher in February. He also has had personal experience of depression and anxiety, which he shares on this show. He believes that to educate young people, tutors need to be more well-rounded with mental health training – and not just focus on the academic side of their students.

He also does stand-up comedy – it proves to be a great platform to tackle anxiety head-on!

What you can expect to hear in this episode

Working with people with mental health problems

The mental health picture for teenagers in the UK

The key types of mental health problems that young people suffer from

Daniel’s own experiences with depression and anxiety

The impact of social media

The signs and symptoms that a young person might be suffering from a mental health problem

What should people do if they suspect that someone they know and care about is suffering from a mental health problem

Consulting the GP about mental health

The available treatments for people with mental health problems

CBT therapy and psychotherapy

Finding help through: NHS, Charities or Privately

Ways people can help themselves

The effects of positive psychology

Extra links

Daniel’s article about teen mental health in The Tutors’ Association


American Psychiatric Association

Tim Ferriss on his depression: Marie Forleo interview

Tim Ferriss TED Talk

Korean model – Hang Mioku

MIND charity

Podcast interview with Caren Baruch-Feldman about grit

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

Mental Health First Aid Course

Osborne Cawkwell interview with Dick Moore on suicide

Where to find Dan online

Twitter: @danlicence or @osbornecawkwell

Osborne Cawkwell Tuition Website – People can go to the “Mental Health” section to find out more about me/Mental Health stuff.

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Useful links

My book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take.

Ten Steps to Exam Success download.

Supportive Parents, Successful Students facebook group

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