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
This unit provides students with an overall understanding of mental health and wellbeing, explores challenges to mental health throughout the life span and educates and equips students with strategies to enhance and promote positive lifelong mental wellbeing for themselves and others. Good mental health is fundamental to the wellbeing of 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. Almost one in five Australian adults may experience mental illness at some time in their life, with recent research finding almost one in two people may have a significant problem with anxiety, depression or drug and alcohol use during their lifetime. The unit introduces students to the mental health continuum through exploration of definitions of mental wellbeing and mental illness across the life span.
Students are able to (1) discuss and explain the relationship between mental wellbeing and health in today's world; (2) define mental wellbeing and describe what it means to be mentally healthy in today's world; (3) describe the mental health continuum across the life span including Australian prevalence rates of mental illness; (4) explore individual factors, lifestyle behaviours and interpersonal relationships and how they impact on mental wellbeing; (5) identify challenges to mental health that occur in the workplace and explore how they impact on mental wellbeing; (6) critically examine representations of mental wellbeing and mental illness in art, advertising and media; (7) describe how modern technologies, including the internet and media, influence mental wellbeing; and (8) demonstrate knowledge about strategies to promote mental wellbeing at an individual and community level.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz activities; (2) in-class presentation and written summary; and (3) attendance and participation. 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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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.