Module 2: Map your community health issue

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Starts Monday 4 November 2013

Facilitated module! Although all modules have some facilitation, this module will be facilitated on a daily basis to support the discussions in the lead up to the challenge.

Update: 15th November - Video response from Eimear to Module 2 discussions

What you will explore in this module

  • Mental health issues are diverse and can have social, interpersonal, individual and political components
  • Similarities and differences exist around the world in relation to mental health issues, their causes and effect on communities
  • There are a variety of determinants of mental health that are well documented
  • Mental illness has many forms and has longterm social, emotional and economic effects on individuals and communities

This module is moderated on a daily basis to encourage discussion about the range of mental health issues around the world and how these link your local communities. Also, to explore the factors that influence the occurrence and type of mental health problems that individuals experience.

Reflect and discuss

Explore the resources in this module (including any that are posted in the discussion forum) and note one or two specific mental health issues that interest you.

Try to find online resources that represent statistics on the prevalence, treatment and costs of mental disorders in your country, and share them on the forums. (Some examples to get you started, are listed below under the 'Find out more' section).

Record your reflections about how global issues are linked to community and individual concerns.

Post any questions or thoughts you have, in the discussion forum. There will be some further questions for discussion in the forum this week.

Find out more

The World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.

Statistics on mental disorders

The resources below represent an extensive collection of statistics on the prevalence, treatment and costs of mental disorders around the world.

Mental health problems in the USA

Mental health problems in the UK

Mental health problems in Africa

Now...take the challenge

Challenge 2 is an activity that challenges you to take something that you have read and explored in this module back to your local community.


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