Mental Health and Wellbeing
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides you with an opportunity to broaden your understanding of the mental health and psychological wellbeing. You will develop an insight into the work of different practitioners in the field of mental health, including counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, and research psychologists. In applying these different perspectives, you will consider a range of classified disorders (e.g. mood, anxiety) to recognize and support those presenting with specific difficulties. However, you will also be encouraged to view such disorders as part of a continuum and we will explore the limitations of the medical approach to diagnosis and treatment. In addition to this focus on mental distress, you will be introduced to interventions designed to enhance mental wellness through wellbeing, resilience, and positive psychology training. Throughout this content, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own development as a practitioner in relation to the topics under consideration. Content will be illustrated with case study examples so that you can apply your knowledge.
Workshops will introduce you to the main concepts in mental health and wellbeing, and provide you with an opportunity to explore the topic by considering real-world case studies.
An online lecture series will also provide insights from a range of professionals in the field of mental health and wellbeing. These insights will include consideration of mental ill health (e.g. mood, anxiety, trauma, abuse, etc) and mental wellness (e.g. wellbeing, resilience, positive psychology, etc). Each lecture will be accompanied by a reading list accessible through the University library.
Assessments will enable you to explore your area of interest in the field of mental health and wellbeing by producing an essay demonstrating insight and evaluation and a blog informing the general public on your chosen topic.
A* to A- • Insightful awareness of the assessment, symptoms, risks, and treatment for different forms of mental distress and methods of managing mental wellness • Comprehensive knowledge of Mental Health & Wellbeing • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Extensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
B+ to B- • Some insight into the assessment, symptoms, risks, and treatment for different forms of mental distress and methods of managing mental wellness • Strong knowledge of Mental Health & Wellbeing • Clear understanding and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Some independent research • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Good presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
C+ to C- • Limited insight into the assessment, symptoms, risks, and treatment for different forms of mental distress and methods of managing mental wellness • Some knowledge of Mental Health & Wellbeing • Understanding of the main concepts, but with factual errors in non-core concepts • Limited analysis showing only obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Highly limited originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Highly limited evidence of independent research • Arguments presented but lack coherence with evidence for only some claims • Focused but with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style
Debate the psychological and biological explanations and interventions for relieving mental distress and enhancing mental wellness, with critical evaluation of their empirical evidence base and potential risks.
Design appropriate wellbeing interventions to enhance the resilience of the self and others.
Synthesise psychological, social, and pharmacological theories to analyse the continuum of mental health and wellbeing.
Hold an applied understanding of the principles, practices, policies, and legislation associated with the promotion of mental health and wellbeing in future generations.
Critical analysis of a chosen area of mental health and/or wellbeing difficulty (e.g. anxiety, mood, stress, etc). Essay must include causal explanations for the difficulties and evaluations of the interventions intended to support these difficulties.
|INDIVIDUAL BLOG||Mental Health and Wellbeing Blog||
Blog explaining at least two areas of mental health and/or wellbeing, with specific focus on providing guidance/signposting for improving/enhancing mental health and wellbeing.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Two 5hr workshops (Introduction and Advanced)
10hrs of pre-recorded lectures available for on-demand access
80hrs of independent study to complete associated readings and produce assessments
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Critical understanding of theories of mental health and wellbeing
- Critical recognition of safe, ethical, evidence-based, and appropriate mental health and wellbeing interventions
- Ability to present persuasive methods to enhance mental health and wellbeing to the general public
Resource implications for students
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ila-4009.html
Hasson, G., & Bulter, D. (2020). Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Wiley & Sons Ltd. Detels, R., Beaglehole, R., Lansang, M. A., & Gulliford, M. (2011). Oxford textbook of public health. Oxford University Press.