What is the course about?
Statistics show that black and ethnic minority groups are over-represented in mental health services, come
late to treatment and frequently receive poor care and treatment. In this participative course, we will explore different experiences of mental health using a selection of videos and articles to help explore mental health through different cultural lenses. We will focus on what we can learn about the relationships between ethnicity, culture, social class, traditions and beliefs about health and illness. We will also identify how mental ill-health impacts families and communities and explore what support is on offer.
What will we cover?
• The relationships between different belief systems about mental health
• Patterns of mental ill-health in individuals from different communities
• How traditions and culture may affect family, community and service responses to mental ill-health
• Barriers that get in the way of people seeking and receiving help with a mental health condition.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have had an opportunity to explore your own approach to mental health
• Have developed a greater understanding about the role that stigma plays in different communities
• Identified the factors that stop people from coming forward for help to services.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is participative and you will be working in small and large groups. You need to be able to listen and
contribute to discussions and others viewpoints which may differ from your own. You can share your own experience
if relevant, but please be aware that this is a short course and we will not be able to delve deeply into personal
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a participative course that will use video, case studies and group exercises to build your knowledge. There
will be handouts on relevant mental health conditions to take away.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and notebook for recording information would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details