There is growing appreciation that mental health and wellbeing should be understood within a broader social context, rather than a narrow focus on psychiatric illness and disorder dominated by the biomedical paradigm . This understanding is guided by the underlying principle that mental health is an integral part of overall health and is relevant to all . This unit of study will orientate students toward a public health perspective, which proposes that mental health and wellbeing are influenced by multiple biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. Students will examine health promotion and population health research and will analyse the effectiveness of strategies designed to reduce health inequalities. They will critically explore ways to work in an empowering, collaborative and participatory manner with people experiencing mental health or social problems as well as those identified as having a mental illness or 'disorder'.
four intensive, on-campus study days
Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline