Introduction to Mental Health Work


This module will introduce students to common mental health conditions, and treatment approaches. It will enable students to engage with the perspectives of the service-user, professionals and broader society, and begin to encourage them to examine their own perspectives on mental health and wellbeing


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a foundational understanding of the symptoms, experience and treatment of common mental health problems

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe common mental health conditions and current treatment approaches

2.  Conceptualise mental health, and the absence of mental health, and relate this to various approaches in counselling psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry

3.  Conceptualise the experience of mental health, and the absence of mental health within concepts of resiliance, stigma and from personal experience

4.  Describe key issues in the provision of mental health care in community and hospital settings

Indicative Content

1 Scottish and UK mental health services

To include NHS and voluntary sector provision for mental health care

2 Common mental health conditions, symptoms and treatment

Including depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorders, and chizophrenia

3 Differing perspectives on mental health

Examining the perspectives of professional, carers, society and individuals with mental health problems

4 Key issues in mental health care

Socio-economic factors, political influences on mental healthcare provision

5 Recovery

Factors influencing recovery including treatment, concordance, stigma and resiliance

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will consist of weekly hour-long seminars, directed reading and tutorials/group-work building on the weekly topics. Critical reflection will be encouraged in discussion groups.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 24
Assessment 20
Independent 120

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.