What is the course about?
We know that our mental health can fluctuate during our life. This course will look at the interactions between mental health and emotional and physical wellbeing by breaking down some of the myths around mental health and illness and by exploring some of the connections between our relationships and our mental health. The course will help you raise your awareness about mental health and ‘mental illness’ in individuals, in families and in communities. We will broadly review some of the main mental health diagnoses.
What will we cover?
• The types of myths associated with different behaviours and mental health problems.
• The life-cycle and mental health and emotional wellbeing.
• How mental health affects - and is affected by - relationships, especially in the family.
• Some of the main mental health diagnoses.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explain what mental health is and is not
• Describe what stigma is and how it impacts people living with a mental health condition
• Explore the difficulties that people have in talking about their mental health with others
• Discuss what impact a mental health diagnosis may have on people.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is participative and you will be working in small and large groups. You need to be able to listen and
contribute to discussions and others viewpoints which may differ from your own. You can share your own experience
if relevant, but please be aware that this is a short course and we will not be able to delve deeply into personal issues.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a participative course that will use video, case studies and group exercises to build your knowledge. There
will be handouts on relevant mental health conditions to take away.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and notebook for recording information would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details