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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Examines mental health and introduces students to lived experiences of mental distress and recovery. Explores mental health promotion, and strategies for effectively supporting people living with mental distress and their loved ones. Critically analyses the extent to which mental health legislation, policy and practice enables citizenship and social inclusion.

Unit content

  1. The discourse of mental health
  2. Lived experiences of mental distress and recovery
  3. Explanatory frameworks for mental distress
  4. Citizenship and social inclusion
  5. Mental health practice approaches
  6. Mental health legislation and policy
  7. The mental health sector and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  8. Promoting mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan
  9. Mental health re-imagined

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 investigate the diverse lived experiences of people living with mental distress and their recovery journeys
2 demonstrate an understanding of how the most common expressions of mental distress are diagnosed and analyse the diverse explanatory frameworks for mental distress
3 critically analyse and reflect on mental health practice and demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively support people with lived experience of mental distress and their loved ones
4 understand, navigate and critically evaluate the mental health service system
5 critically evaluate how legislation and policy influences the theoretical frameworks and practices used in mental health organisations

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. investigate the diverse lived experiences of people living with mental distress and their recovery journeys
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how the most common expressions of mental distress are diagnosed and analyse the diverse explanatory frameworks for mental distress
  3. critically analyse and reflect on mental health practice and demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively support people with lived experience of mental distress and their loved ones
  4. understand, navigate and critically evaluate the mental health service system
  5. critically evaluate how legislation and policy influences the theoretical frameworks and practices used in mental health organisations

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.