Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Are mental health issues on the increase or are we better at diagnosing them it is estimated that one in four people experience a mental health issue every year the reported number of people experiencing mental health issues is continuing to rise diagnosis is very complicated and there is a worrying increase in the number of children and young adults who are experiencing a mental health problem as well mental health is becoming a critical issue and many services are finding it hard to keep up with the demand for help research by community care and BBC news has found that between 2010 and 2015 average referrals to community health and home treatment teams has increased by up to 19% and they are continuing to rise we also need to explore how cultural differences can influence the diagnosis and the experience of mental health issues some cultures outside the Western world may not conceive a separation of internal emotional experiences and physical ones this could mean that some cultures are more likely to seek religious solutions to psychological problems than others there has never been a more important time to learn about mental health if we can understand the difficulties of mental illness and the cultural differences that affect diagnosis we can raise awareness and try to reduce negative perceptions

Why study mental health?

This short introduction allows you to meet Lucy Anacleto, the tutor behind the course who will explain why mental health is such an important subject to study further.

The video will also provide an insight into the course content for the next two weeks.

In the course, you will have the chance to explore different aspects of mental health, to learn more about how we define mental health issues and how we diagnose people.

As well as exploring the topic of mental health, this course will give you an insight into the types of topics you might study on an Access to HE Diploma and the level of study.

Important notice about the course

If you believe yourself to be experiencing a mental health difficulty, you should normally call your GP (or out of hours service) or local Accident and Emergency service (in an emergency situation, if you are feeling suicidal, for example).

Another source of help based in the UK and Republic of Ireland, is The Samaritans who can be contacted on freephone number 116 123 (UK) or via their contact page. It’s important to note that this is a UK and Ireland based charity. Since 2003, Samaritans has been working with Befrienders Worldwide, a network of 400 international centres in 39 countries set up to help people who need emotional support, to talk about problems in a confidential space.

Meet the team

Lucy Anacleto

Your lead educator is Lucy Anacleto – tutor on Coventry University Scarborough’s Access to Higher Education diplomas.

You can follow Lucy by selecting the link to her FutureLearn profile page and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that she makes.


Your task

  • If you feel comfortable doing so, introduce yourself to your fellow learners and explain why you have decided to take this course.

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Defining Mental Health: A Short Introduction

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