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Red face Please offer me your voice - January 18th 2011, 07:15 AM


My name is Lisa. I am currently a graduate student in clinical psychology. I applaud everyone on here seeking each others guidance towards a better mental health!!! Love it!!

I joined because I need your input on the current education system and their portrayal of Mental Health. I saw this post dated june 2010:

I was flipping through some old school books of mine, and found my PDH (Personal Development and Health) book from three years back. And I found the section on mental health. This is all it said, in an entire year of teaching:

Mental Health: it is a state of mind. It is made up of a group of mental illnesses. A mental illness can be mild or severe, temporary or prolonged. A person with a mental illness can experience changes in the way they think and behave.

Mood symptoms -
Overwhelming feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, or fear
Inability to sleep
Changes in appetite
Increased use of alcohol and other drugs
Losing interest
Start but not finish things

Depression and Anxiety Disorders - feelings so great they affect the person's ability to deal with normal life. Things such as eating disorders, phobias, etc.
Psychotic Illness - affects the brain and causes change in a person's thinking, emotions, and behaviour. Things such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
And that was it. Oversimplified, incorrect in parts and incomplete in others. Yet somehow that was expected to be enough information, and was all I knew about mental illness for a long time.

So, I guess my question is this: when you were in school, what were you taught about mental health/illness? Did you think it was enough? How were you taught about it?"

Here is how you all can help me: if your school is promoting the same education on mental health as the above quote then please send the title and name of the authors of your school textbooks and any other documentation that portray mental health as a negative mental illness. Much mahalo!!!

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