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Mental Health and Illness - Revised

Mental Health
Free Course

Learn why mental well-being is so important and learn to identify mental health problems so you can help reduce the stigma of mental illness today.

  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Responsive

    Yes
  • Publisher

    OpenLearn
Description Outcome Certification View course modules

One in four adults, at some point in their lives, experience some form of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Mental health problems result in reduced quality of life and possibly loss of life, and affect not only the individuals concerned but also their families and friends.

The course begins by introducing you to different concepts such as mental health and mental illness, mental health practice and care in the community. It teaches you about issues of stigma and discrimination in mental health, and explains why the promotion of mental well-being is important. It also gives a history of mental health institutions and segregation. The course will also focus on the positive impact exercise can have on mental health and psychological well-being.

This course will be of great interest to professionals in social and health professions, anyone who has personal experience of mental health problems and anyone who wants to understand mental distress and the ways it can be treated.

Having completed this course you will be able to:


  • Describe how the media portrays people experiencing mental health problems.
  • Discuss the controversial aspect of mental health services and their relationship to business.
  • List the meanings of the term ‘public health’.
  • List the key characteristics of the modern social model in mental health.
  • Describe the stigma of mental illness and distress.
  • List Parker’s 4 forms of reinforcement.
  • Describe the link between physical activity and mental health.
  • Explain why exercise benefits mental health.
  • List the individual psychological benefits of physical activity.

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