One in five Canadians experiences a mental health problem in a given year. This five-module, self-directed online course explores basic concepts of mental health and mental illness. We look at the prevalence of mental health problems in Canada, the risk and protective factors that influence mental health, and the links between mental health and the social determinants of health. We explore the importance of creating a safe space for clients and developing a positive therapeutic relationship. We also describe the various treatments for mental health challenges-including psychoeducation, lifestyle changes, medications and psychotherapy-and explore additional strategies to support clients and their families.
At successfully completing the course, participants will be able:
- explain the prevalence of mental health issues
- describe the link between the social determinants of health and mental health challenges
- outline the components of building a positive therapeutic alliance with a client
- describe the signs and symptoms of common mental health challenges, including depressing, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder
- describe assessment and treatment approaches for common mental health challenges
- discuss strategies to support clients and their families
Modules are released weekly, and require approximately two to three hours per week. The course is self-directed and can be worked on at the participants' own time.
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