Mental Illness Recognition: What you Need to Know

08/12/2022

Mental illness is a pressing concern all over the world. One in four adults are known to suffer from some form of mental illness. That statistic might seem daunting, but the good news is that awareness and understanding of mental illness are also on the rise. If you want to help make a positive difference or learn the warning signs to look out for when recognising someone who is struggling with mental health, keep reading to see why a BSc (Hons) Mental Health, Well-Being and Counselling degree at the University of Bolton would be a great step towards a rewarding career. 

Mental HealthCourse Highlights  

By offering a brand-new course for the September 2023 intake, Bolton University offers a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of mental health:
 
- Our psychology courses have been voted first for Student Satisfaction* 
- Throughout your studies, you will benefit from direct access to your personal tutor; who is an experienced member of our psychology lecturer team  
- Combing psychology, social and community work, law, and healthcare, with the chance to gain a qualification in counselling skills, this multi-disciplinary course opens the door to a range of long-lasting careers  
- Students can undertake work-based learning in a professional setting  
- We have a strong focus on employability skills, and the practical application of your studies. Our workshops include analysing life events, and role-playing scenarios using case study material  

Here are five things you need to know about recognising those with mental health issues. 

The Stigma is Real—And We Need to Talk About It 

Mental illness has been stigmatised for centuries. Thankfully, the tide is beginning to turn as more people are becoming open about their mental health struggles. However, the stigma is still very real and very harmful. It prevents people from seeking help, which can lead to serious consequences, including self-harm, or even suicide. If you suspect someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, the first step is to have an open and honest conversation with them about it. Let them know that you're there for them and that they are not alone. 

You Are Not Alone  

If you are struggling with mental health issues yourself, it's important to remember that you are not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who understand what you're going through. Reach out to a trusted friend or family member or seek professional help if needed.  

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate  

One of the biggest misconceptions about mental illness is that it only affects a certain type of person. The truth is that mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone at any time regardless of age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. If you think someone is struggling, don't write them off as "crazy" or " mentally unstable." Instead, try to understand what they're going through and be there for them. 

Warning Signs Are Often Invisible  

A final misconception about mental illness is that there are always warning signs before someone suffers from a mental breakdown or attempts suicide. However, this is not always the case. Often, the warning signs of mental illness are invisible to those on the outside looking in. This is why it's so important to be proactive in your support of others and to check in with your loved ones regularly. If you notice a change in someone's behaviour or demeanour, ask them if they're okay and let them know that you're there for them no matter what. 

Mental Illness Is Treatable  

One of the most important things to remember when supporting someone with mental health issues is that mental illness is treatable. There are many different types of treatment available depending on the individual's needs, including therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. With proper treatment, many people with mental illness are able to live happy and healthy lives. So if you suspect someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, encourage them to seek professional help. 

Mental HealthBSc (Hons) Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling... What to Expect?
  
Has this helped your understanding of mental health?
 
Throughout the new mental health, well-being and counselling course at Bolton University, we stress the applied nature of psychology, emphasising learning through experience to help prepare you for further counselling qualifications. By the time you reach your final-year, you will take a work-based learning module that will connect your theory and real-world learning. You will get the opportunity to undertake your applied learning in an area you are interested in, helping you gain practical and professional experience that supports your career ambitions.  

Within your course modules, you can expect to learn about the principles and methods of psychological research, including the collection, analysis, reporting, and interpretation of data. The course teaching will be undertaken by our passionate lecturers who use their professional experience to deliver a varied and dynamic learning environment; using lectures, small group work, discussion groups, case studies, demonstration, and laboratory workshops. The aim of our positive and supportive learning environment is to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and give you the best possible opportunity to achieve your true potential by offering personal supervision throughout the course. 

If you would like to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling degree at Bolton University to see if this is the right step in your career journey, click here to view our full course details.  

For further information, please contact us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call on 01204 903807. At the university of Bolton, we are proud to put our students and their needs first. 

*Complete University Guide – Greater Manchester – UK 
 
 

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