Mental Health Promotion


Define the concept of Mental Health, its historical evolution.

Identify the determinants of mental Health.

Clearly understand the difference between Mental Health and the non existence of Mental disease.

Know the social and individual impact of a poor mental health and mental diseases.

To know the different theoretical models that contribute to the concept of Mental Health.

To know Mental Health Promotion Programs that demonstrated to be efficient.

Design and implement a MHP program.

To have knowledge about specific areas of MHP as pregnancy and early childhood, immigrant integration and domestic violence.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Weekly - Available soon

Total - 24

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Horwitz A, Scheid T (1999). A handbook for the study of mental health. Social contexts, theories and systems. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Thornicroft G, Szmukler G (2001). Textbook of Community Psychiatry. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Tyrer P, Steinberg D (2005). Models for mental disorder. Conceptual models in psychiatry. London, John Wiley & Sons.

WHO (2004). Promoting Mental Health (concepts, emerging evidence, practice). Geneva, WHO.

WHO (2004). Investing in Mental Health. Geneva, WHO.

Teaching method

Lectures with debate.

Case-studies for critical analysis.

Work group sessions for applying Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodology to the development of a Mental Health Promotion Program.

The individual evaluation will be 40% and the working group 60%.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

Mental Health and Mental Diseases – definition, determinants and theoretical models.

Mental Health Promotion Programs.

Multiculturalism and immigrant’s integration.

Mental Health Promotion during pregnancy and early childhood.

Domestic Violence.

Implementation of MHP Programs and services organization in community.  


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