Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds mental health is a broad area that includes a variety of different illnesses and it can have many different symptoms it is something that many people will experience in their own lives with an increased awareness of mental health issues there is an added pressure for accurate diagnosis everyone has their own perceptions regarding mental health and illness and we have explored some of the common myths that influence how it is perceived although the reasons for stigmatization are not consistent across communities or cultures perceived stigma by individuals living with mental illness is reported internationally presenting mental healthcare services in culturally sensitive ways could be essential to increasing their accessibility and usage cultural and religious teachings often influence beliefs about the origins and natures of mental illness and can shape attitudes towards the mentally ill in addition to influencing whether mentally ill individuals experience social stigma beliefs about mental illness can affect patients readiness and willingness to seek and adhere to treatment thank you very much for participating in this short course and we hope that you will continue to study with Coventry University

End of course review

Congratulations on completing this week.

Watch this video from Lucy Anacleto where she summarises the main points covered by this short course.

In Week 1 you considered the myths and perceptions of mental health issues. This delved into definitions of mental health issues and how we categorise this in terms of ‘abnormality’ and ‘normality’. After these points it continued to move into the different concepts of ‘abnormality’ and how we used these to define mental health issues.

During Week 2 there was continued investigation of diagnostic methods of defining mental health issues by evaluating the DSM-5 using a case study. Further study delved into the complexities of reaching a diagnosis when considering the cultural variations that can be present.

Your task

At the beginning of the course we asked a big question:

Are mental health issues on the increase or are we better at diagnosing them?

  • Has your answer to this question changed? How?

  • Has your view changed as a result of your learning?

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Defining Mental Health: A Short Introduction

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