e-Learning – Mental Health & Diabetes in Youth

This course, developed in 2016 and updated in 2019, is for healthcare professionals and school teachers. It may also interest parents of youth living with any type of diabetes. The course has been accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association as a CPD course for their members.

Genesis of the Course

The comorbidity of diabetes and mental disorders in youth and the rising numbers of Type 2 cases bring new challenges for health care providers with respect to:

  • Recognition and interpretation of symptoms;
  • Delivery of disease self-management education for youth and their families;
  • Preparation and implementation of effective treatment and transition plans to assist youth and their families to move successfully from the paediatric to adult healthcare system.

This course is a response by SFBLF to help mitigate the resulting ‘knowledge gap’ identified to us by educators and health care providers at our annual Banting Legacy Transition Symposium in November 2014 and confirmed by a regional validation survey of health care providers in 2015.

Learning objectives were established in collaboration with regional health care providers. Content was researched and written by SFBLF and reviewed by an international team of diabetes educators, mental health experts, physicians and paediatricians in Canada, the USA and Australia.

Goals of the Course

  1. Enhance understanding of respective challenges facing health care providers who support youth living with diabetes and those who support youth living with mental health challenges.
  2. Nurture cross discipline communication.
  3. Provide planning and implementation frameworks, references and resource material to assist health care providers to leverage their experience and creativity to improve ‘connections’ and identify ‘solutions’ that bridge the gap in care available for youth living with both diabetes and mental health challenges.

Content Overview

In this course you will explore:

  • The global context for prevalence of diabetes and mental illness in youth.
  • Major global, national and regional initiatives now emerging to improve disease prevention and the delivery of care for diabetes or mental illness or both in support of youth.
  • The ‘state of the art’ for selected aspects (e.g., surveillance, processes, evidence, practices, research gaps) relating to youth living with diabetes or mental illness or both.
  • The ‘common ground’ and bi-directional relationships among obesity, diabetes and mental illness in youth including the resulting common ‘problem-space’.
  • The added complexity affecting transition processes for youth living with comorbid diabetes and mental illness.
  • Planning models and examples of tools available to assist with aspects of screening and development of integrated plans to achieve transition success and continuity of care.

Course Learning Modules

The course includes 5 Modules. Estimated time for successful completion is 5 – 10 hours including study of additional resources provided.

The first 3 Modules can be accessed individually in any order

A. Setting the Context
B. Diabetes in Youth
C. Mental illness in Youth

Modules D & E should be accessed as an integrated unit starting with Module D.

D. Diabetes and Mental Illness Together in Youth
E. Preparing Youth and their Families for Transition

Course Features

  • Self-paced, audio and graphics supported presentation
  • Participants can pause and repeat narration, move randomly between Screens within a Module and view the narration text in a sidebar for each Screen.
  • Selected Screens include interactive features as well as ‘Learn More’ buttons
  • Each Module is supported with:
    • extensive references available as a pdf download and cited in the sidebar for each Screen
    • additional resources that can be downloaded for reference and further independent study
  • A Feedback Survey is included at the end of each module.

Participant Evaluation

  • Each Module ends with a Quiz involving 8 questions
  • Quiz scores are not recorded
  • Participants are encouraged to use the Quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Taking the quiz at the end of each module will prepare you for completing the  Overall Course Quiz, listed below.

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to any participant who completes the Overall Course Quiz with a score of 75% or better and requests a Certificate.

In advance of taking the Overall Course Quiz, we recommend that you study all five modules. Then proceed to the Overall Course Quiz link on this page and complete the 40 questions. Only one attempt is allowed. However, there is no time limit and before you SUBMIT your answers, you can:

* pause and resume at any time
* go back and revise answers

Once completed and submitted, your response will be graded automatically and you will receive an email with your resulting score along with the correct answer for any incorrectly answered question.

If you wish to receive a Certificate of Completion, send your request along with following descriptors to MHDY Certificate Request

* Name
* Professional Credentials (if applicable)
* Organization
* Location (Town.City; Province/Territory; Country]

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Access the Modules here:

A: Setting the Context

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B: Diabetes in Youth

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C: Mental illness in Youth

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D: Diabetes and Mental Illness Together in Youth

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E: Preparing Youth and their Families for Transition

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