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9.3 Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg

Like many subjects, mental health is complex. This is partly because the language used in discussions about mental health is diverse, can mean different things to different people, and can sometimes be misleading. For example, the term ‘mental health’ is usually used in discussions about just the opposite: ‘mental illness!’ There are, however, good reasons for the confusion surrounding its language. One reason is that decisions about what constitutes ‘mental health’, ‘mental illness’ or ‘mental disorder’ and so forth are difficult to make and so people often disagree about them. Another reason is that such decisions are also value-laden. In this course, you explore some of the problems with defining mental health.

It is clear that the well being of communities and the well being of the individuals within them are intrinsically linked. The Orchard Centre is a community resource centre for people with mental health problems in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, Scotland. There is an opportunity in this course to hear the project manager of the Orchard Centre and a qualified social worker talk about the work of the centre and the values that underpin it.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • distinguish between mental health and mental illness;

  • give examples of how community resource centres can benefit the well being of individuals and communities in terms of mental health.



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