Program Image The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health

The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health

Short or summer course

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To look broader than just diagnostic criteria for the mental health illness. We will discuss the concept of culture and its importance

How young is too young to diagnose a child with bipolar disorder? What is the solution to alcohol addiction in South Korea? What is normal and does normal even exist? We invite students to explore questions such as these and travel with us “down the rabbit hole” of global mental health. The course will offer a broad perspective on mental health through discussions of the most prevalent and impactful mental health disorders around the world and the complexity of mental health as a public health issue.

The course will begin with an introduction to mental health followed by in-depth lectures and workshops on current mental health diagnostic methods. We will use this newly acquired knowledge to discuss treatment options both on an individual and community level. We will dive into the realm of policy-making and regulations on a national and international scale. Special attention will be paid to development of students’ critical thinking by discussing the ambiguity of mental health. Lectures and workshops will focus on issues such as the ethics of mental health, cultural influences and stigma. 






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8 Jul '24 1 May '24 1 May '24


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