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Understanding Mental Health: Continuum, Culture and Social Media

Enhance your knowledge of mental health and mental illness and develop your understanding of the mental health continuum.

7,643 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Study the influence of society and social media on how we perceive mental health

The more we understand about mental health and mental illness, the more we can challenge and reduce social stigma.

On this course, you’ll learn what the mental health continuum is and why it’s important to learn about mental health in this way. You’ll enhance your mental health knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of mental illness through an exploration of some prevalent mental disorders.

You’ll also consider how social media impacts the way we perceive mental health and assess how our culture and society influence how we view and respond to mental illness.

What topics will you cover?

· Mental health and mental illness on a continuum

· Definitions of some of the prevalent mental disorders

· Social media in relation to mental health and mental illness

· The impact of social media for child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing

· Exploration of the different forms and meaning of culture and how these influence mental health and mental illness.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the mental health continuum.
  • Describe identified symptoms linked with prevalent Mental Health disorders.
  • Describe the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness.
  • Develop an understanding of cultural and social impact on perception of Mental Health and Mental Illness.
  • Interpret your awareness of how the increasing influence of social media relates to Mental Health and Mental Illness.
  • Evaluate how social media plays a role in societal awareness of mental health and mental illness.

Who is the course for?

The course has been created for anyone interested in learning more about mental health and mental illness and the influencing roles of social media and culture upon these.

It will be particularly useful for anyone interested in pursuing a career or further study in the field of mental health, such as our MSc Mental Health.

The more we understand about mental health and mental illness, the more we can challenge and reduce social stigma.

Who will you learn with?

I am a registered Mental Health Nurse and qualified therapist by trade, and have a degree in community practice, an MA in Psychoanalysis and Teaching and learning and successfully completed my PhD.

Who developed the course?

Anglia Ruskin University

ARU is a global university with campuses across the East of England. They are passionate about transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.

  • Established

  • Location

    Cambridge, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 350Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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