Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Care

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Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Care
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Mary Northrop
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Module description

The module focuses on contemporary mental health issues. This module will explore current issues in mental health from both a national and global perspective. The World Health Organization (WHO 2011) state that 23 years are lost world wide to mental health disorders and that one in four people will experience a mental health problem during their life time. In the same report, WHO highlight that around 50% of mental health problems develop before the age of 14 years and at the other end of the spectrum, occurrences of Dementia are set to triple by 2050. The need to understand individuals holistically; taking into account cultural beliefs, values and attitudes, and social context, is gaining importance due to the complexity of mental health problems and the increased need for services for different ethnic groups and for individuals whose lives have changed due to civil unrest. The module will address a number of issues related to mental health and society. The way in which mental illness is portrayed through the media and the impact this can have on interpretations of mental health and mental illness within a given society will be explored. This includes examining how mental health is represented in the news, on social media and within fictional sources including films and literature. The delivery of culturally appropriate health care will also be examined and how the knowledge gained can be applied to current or future practice. The delivery of the module will be through blended learning. Face to face learning will be supported by campus based lectures and workshops, while distance learning will be via a virtual learning environment. The VLE will utilize discussion boards, E-tivities and guided reading. Individual tutorial support is available: face to face and/or via email or telephone. The assignment for the module is a reflective portfolio (5000 words). This will include a number of short pieces of work that focus on the different issues presented within the module, utilizing a range of sources, and a summary reflection which identifies the personal development of the student and how they will apply their learning to future practice.

Outline content

* Culture and mental health * Religion and mental health * Changing nature of mental health problems * Gender, ethnicity and age * Societal change and impact on mental health * Representation of mental health in the media: fiction and non-fiction, poetry, films, TV, newspapers and online materials * Impact of global technology * Sociological perspectives * Psychological perspectives * Mental Health promotion * International perspectives of mental health care * Social policy and legislation

Key texts/literature

Key Text (recommended to purchase): None Other: Benson, J., and Thistlethwaite, J., 2009, Mental health across cultures a practical guide for health professionals. Oxford: Radcliffe publishing Bhugra, Dinesh, et al., editors 2010, Mental health of refugees and asylum seekers. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010 Eshun, S., and Gurung, R.A.R., (eds), 2009, Culture and mental health: Sociocultural influences, theory and practice, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Fernando, S., 2010, Mental health, race and culture 3rd edition. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan Morris, G., 2006. Mental health issues and the media : an introduction for health professionals London : Routledge Emmons, K., 2010, Black dogs and blue words depression and gender in the age of self-care. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press Rogers, A., and Pilgrim, D., 2010, A sociology of mental health and illness 4th edition, Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Tummey, R., and Tummey, T., 2008, Critical issues in mental health. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan Journal articles Corrigall, R. and Bhugra, D., 2013, The role of ethnicity and diagnosis in rates of adolescent psychiatric admission and compulsory detention : a longitudinal case-note study. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2013; 106 (5): 190-195 Dunning, J., 2011, Keeping the faith. Community Care 2011; (1855): 26-27 Lane, P., & Tribe, R. (2010). Following NICE 2008: a practical guide for health professionals: community engagement with local black and minority ethnic (BME) community groups. Diversity in Health and Care, 7(2), 105–114 Reports Royal College of Psychiatrists (2010) Improving in-patient mental health services for black and ethnic minority patients : recommendations to inform accreditation standards. Royal College of Psychiatrists Occasional paper ; OP71. Television and Film: A range of films and television programmes, fiction and non-fiction, have focussed on mental health. Students will draw on contemporary examples relevant to their chosen subject and individual background. Examples will also include older films which are still seen as the top ten films portraying mental illness in order to draw comparisons and contrasts. Examples include: British Broadcasting Company, 2010. Why did you kill my dad? (Video available from Cambridge Library) Silver lining playbook One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Snake Pit Diary of a Mad Housewife A Woman Under the Influence I Am Sam Fiction and autobiographical accounts for example: Nathan Filer 2014 The shock of the fall Jeffrey Eugenides 2011The Marriage Plot Christopher Lukas 2008 Blue Genes Elizabeth Wurtzel 1996 Prozac Nation Nell Casey ed 2002 Unholy Ghost Journals European Psychiatry Journal of popular culture Journal of religion and popular culture Mental Health, Religion & Culture Psychology of popular media culture Sociology of health and illness Transcultural psychiatry On line resources World Health Organisation MIND Centre for global mental health World Federation for Mental Health World Health Organisation Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 World Health Organisation Social determents of mental health World Health Organisation Integrating the response to mental disorders and other chronic diseases in healthcare systems

Specialist learning resources

Virtual Learning Environment

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Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be expected to be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically evaluate theories and approaches in cross-cultural mental health care
Knowledge and Understanding
Analyse and synthesise the management of mental health problems across different societies
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and application of underpinning concepts to provide care that addresses contemporary issues in mental health care
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Demonstrate an innovative approach to mental health care delivery through the synthesis of information and/or application to practice
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Consider and critically evaluate mental health approaches that can have an impact of stigmatization of mental illness via the media

Further details of the delivery of this module, including information on assessment and learning and teaching hours - click on the appropriate link below.

2015/6 - Blended delivery
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Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 14
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: Workshops including lectures and seminars
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: On line activities, group discussion, individual tutorials
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 258
Learning outcome(s): 1-5
Detail: On line activities, group discussions, blogs, assignment preparation
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Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD004717
Method: Coursework
Details: Reflective portfolio (5000 words)
Learning outcomes: 1-5
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 30