Mental Health Literacy and Mental Health First Aid

Course code NURS1162Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Recent research has shown that whereas the general public know a lot about major health problems such as cancer and heart disease, they lack the same degree of knowledge about mental disorders. Mental health literacy refers to knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems and disorders which aid in their recognition, management and prevention. Mental health first aid, which is the first aid help given to a person experiencing a mental health problem, has been proposed as one approach to improving mental health literacy in the general public and among health professionals. This course introduces the concepts of mental health literacy and mental health first aid and provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide mental health first aid.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
1. Describe the mental health status of the Australian population
2. Explain the impact of stigma on mental health-related help seeking behaviours
3. Discuss mental health literacy in the general population and among health professionals
4. Discuss factors that improve mental health literacy
5. Recognise specific mental health problems and disorders
6. Describe mental health risk factors and causes
7. Describe mental health self-help interventions
8. Describe professional help available for people with mental health problems and disorders
9. Discuss knowledge and attitudes which facilitate recognition of and help-seeking for mental health problems and disorders
10. Provide mental health first aid help to a person experiencing a mental health problem
ContentThe mental health of Australians
Stigma and help-seeking behaviour
The concept of mental health literacy
Mental health literacy in the general population
Mental health literacy in the health professions
What improves mental health literacy?
Improving mental health literacy through mental health first aid
The concept and principles of mental health first aid
First aid help for a person experiencing depression
First aid help or a person who is suicidal
First aid help for a person experiencing anxiety
First aid help for a person experiencing psychosis
First aid help for a person experiencing problems with substance use
Mental health literacy and health professional practice
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Workshop
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal50%
Group/tutorial participation and contribution50%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Workshop: for 14 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing