1. Use basic mental health skills to reduce the distress associated with mental health problems an help promote recovery Objectives;
Recognise signs of distress
Communicate in a sensitive, non – judgemental person centred manner Facilitate engagement with appropriate service and or support
Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (WHO, 2007) The psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment (http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=mental+health) The world health organisation definition of mental health defines it in a positive attitude towards health. The other definition uses a more negative approach towards mental health by using words such as ‘satisfactory’.
A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary A hallucination is a perception in the absence of apparent stimulus that has qualities of real perception. Hallucinations are vivid, substantial, and located in external objective space A delusion is a belied and a hallucination is a perception. What do you notice about Zariah and Tony that indicate that they are distressed? Academic
Non attendance – Zariah is calling in sick at work some days and when she does this she is just sitting in her bed watching television or sleeping Consistent failure to complete tasks to deadlines – Tony is falling behind with his work at university and is at risk of not completing his course Poor academic quality of work submitted – Zariah is concerned about the quality of her work and study, she has also struggled with feelings of worthlessness and shame because she feels she cannot maintain her standards, and is not coping...
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