Short video highlighting what you can expect on this course.
We’ve put together this short video to showcase some of the wonderful conversations we’ve had with people who have contributed to this course, and which you will be able to watch, in full, over the next six weeks.
Those of you who signed up to the course at least a month before it started will have seen this already, but we think it’s so powerful that we wanted to share it again here, with everyone.
With contributions from the likes of writer and broadcaster Melyvn Bragg, author Rachel Kelly, actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry, author and playwright Mark Haddon, and poet Ben Okri this course will look at very personal and deeply emotional subjects like depression, dementia, heartbreak, stress, trauma and bereavement.
We’ll also hear from people like Lucy Clarke, Sophie Ratcliffe and Jack Lankester about how they have turned to novels, plays and poems to help them to cope in times of deep emotional stress.
During the course, we’ll get regular insights from medical practitioners Andrew Schuman and Simon Curtis, who explain the physiology of the different conditions discussed, and describe how our bodies react to stress.
Learning from conversations is an important part of the FutureLearn approach. You will learn from comments and discussions by reading others’ comments and responding with your own thoughts. Some steps there will be a more structured discussion. If you find a comment which was really useful or interesting, click the Like button!
Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn Code of Conduct
and please be respectful to your fellow learners.
On the course page, we suggest that this course should take around 4 hours per week to complete if you choose to follow it over the 6 scheduled weeks. However, we’ve designed this to be a very flexible course, and we’d really like to encourage you to take the course materials at your own pace.
We’ll be uploading short extracts from all of the longer texts that we discuss, so there’s no need for you to read whole novels and plays. If you would prefer to read the texts in their entirety, of course, it will take you more time to progress through Literature and Mental Health.
Similarly, you can spend as much or as little time engaging in the course discussions as you’d like to, so please don’t feel that you have to read every comment that’s posted. You can make the discussions more manageable by choosing to ‘Follow’ the course educators, as well as some fellow learners whose comments you find particularly moving or insightful, and then filtering the discussions using the ‘Following’ button at the top of the thread. Some of you may choose to share your own personal experiences in the comment sections, but this is not a course requirement, and you should only comment if and when you feel comfortable doing so.
We won’t be setting any tests, assignments or quizzes on the course content, so do feel free to leave steps which don’t interest you, or which you think you might find upsetting rather than helpful. You will also be able to revisit course steps as many times as you’d like to; all of the materials will remain available even after the scheduled 6 weeks are over, as long as you don’t choose to ‘Leave this course’ on the FutureLearn ‘Your Courses’ page.