IMED2200 Mental Wellbeing for Today's World

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Good mental wellbeing is a fundamental attribute in today's hectic world for individuals, their families and the community as a whole. Conversely, mental illness is a major cause of disability, diminished quality of life and reduced productivity in Australia. This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of mental health and wellbeing, explores challenges to mental wellbeing at different stages of life, and educates and equips students with strategies to enhance, practice and promote positive lifelong mental wellbeing for themselves and others.

The unit introduces students to a range of interrelated topics that will enable a thorough exploration of what it means to be mentally healthy and how this can be maintained over a lifetime. There is an emphasis on positive psychology which includes teaching and discussion of topics such as positive emotion; engagement; developing positive relationships; sleep; creativity; happiness; and the practice of mindfulness. The unit utilises an interactive and engaging format that will provide students with knowledge and skills that are relevant to maintaining good mental wellbeing throughout the lifespan.
Students are able to (1) define mental wellbeing and describe what it means to be mentally healthy in today's world.; (2) discuss and explain the relationship between mental health and wellbeing in today's world including factors that impact on this relationship.; (3) discuss and describe the mental health and wellbeing continuum across the lifespan.; (4) discuss the relevance of positive psychology in developing and maintaining mental health and wellbeing.; (5) describe how stigma impacts on the lives of people with mental illness and the impact that this can have on mental health and wellbeing.; (6) understand how to be an effective advocate and support for people with mental health problems.; (7) describe how physiological, psychological, social, and cultural factors impact on mental health and wellbeing.; (8) identify challenges to mental health and wellbeing that occur in the workplace and explore how they impact on mental health and wellbeing.; (9) describe how modern technologies influence mental health and wellbeing.; and (10) discuss strategies that promote mental health and wellbeing at an individual and community level..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end of semester exam; (2) in-class group presentation; (3) attendance and participation; and (4) short essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kellie Bennett and Dr Zaza Lyons
Unit rules
Approved quota: 160—first come first served basis
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hours; Tutorials: 2 hours
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