Mental Health Promotion and Well-being


About Course

Mental health problems have been on the rise in the last decade due, among other factors, to socio-economic uncertainty, high job competition, stress and anxiety. All types of professionals will have to confront these situations in their daily performance. The progress made in the diagnosis and approach to mental health and wellbeing makes it necessary to continually update knowledge. In response to the existing demand in this field, this course has been created, in which students will be able to study mental health variables and important protective factors, such as emotional intelligence, stress management, social interaction, healthy lifestyles, and physical activity.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The development of practical cases presented by experts in Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles.
  • The graphic, schematic and eminently practical contents with which it is conceived provide scientific and practical information on those disciplines that are essential for professional practice.
  • The practical exercises where the self-evaluation process can be carried out to improve learning.
  • Its special emphasis on innovative methodologies
  • Theoretical lessons, questions to the expert, discussion forums on controversial issues and individual reflection work.
  • The availability of access to the contents from any fixed or portable device with an internet connection.

Course Content

Mental Health and Well-being
The search for a healthy lifestyle is a current challenge in modern societies, that allows a large individual longevity, based on their quality of life and well-being. In this sense, raising awareness of the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits should combine physical, mental and social health, which are determinants for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and well-being. The biological, psychological and social benefits of a healthy lifestyle are significant in the quality of life and health of the population, constituting themselves as essential pillars in mental health promotion. In this module you will learn more about what is a mental health, what is the importance of mental health promotion and what are the implications for the health and well-being. In addition, we will explore topics related to emotions, the impact of stress and the role of stress management and self-care, the importance of positive social interactions and physical activity as promoters of mental health and well-being at university.

Social interaction
Human beings are social and constantly interact with their environment. It is common that at work, at home or at university you talk to other people. You should know that you also send a message with your clothes, your appearance or the kind of language you use. The most common consequences of problems with social relationships are mainly social isolation, which can lead to depression, lack of self-esteem, anxiety or phobias in everything that has to do with activities with other people. Social interaction is inherent to the life of the human being, it is in charge of composing man in all his senses and it is from this process of socialisation that concepts, meanings, symbols, practices, customs, definitions, knowledge, norms and rules arise, which define the behaviour of the human being.

Healthy lifestyles
Society is currently witnessing a worrying scenario regarding the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases. Metabolic changes justify the fact that the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, mental illnesses (such as depression), or even osteoarticular diseases is increasing and becoming more prevalent. And these changes are often the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, which today is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in developed societies, contributing to a lower quality of life and higher costs in health services. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is precisely to get to know the problem in depth and increase knowledge about the various health-related behaviours.