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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.

Understanding Mental Health: Continuum, Culture and Social Media
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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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.

When would you like to start?

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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.

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