Understand Mental Illness
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Understand Mental Illness

Recognise and Stabilise: Don't Agonise
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Created by Dr. Leah Akinlonu
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Recognise symptoms that may be indicative of Mental Illness
  • Understand the causes
  • Know what treatments are available
  • Take steps to reduce the complications and risks
  • Support a person who has Mental Illness
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  • You do not need to have any prior knowledge of Mental Illness, just a desire to learn more and be better equipped to respond to Mental Illness.
  • By taking this course you accept the disclaimer stated above.

Understand Mental Illness - Recognise and Take Action

Does Mental Illness seem like a maze to you?

Do you want to be able to offer support to someone you know who may have Mental Illness?

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be more prone to Mental Illness than others?

Do you want to find professional help but are not quite sure who to go to?

Want to learn how to stay as well as possible?

If you answered 'YES' to all five or even just one of the questions above, this course can give you some answers and point you in the right direction.

One more question: Did you know that strange actions may not necessarily indicate Mental Illness? Why does it seem so complicated? There are so many sources of information that you may be trying to piece together to understand Mental Illness. This can be confusing.

Maintaining a good quality of life, is linked to making the best use of the professional help that is available and being aware of the triggers for Mental Illness, and of the complications that could arise. Why? Because you need to reduce the likelihood of becoming impaired by Mental Illness and focus on the factors that promote recovery. This course will equip you with the foundations for the right approach.

In this course, you will learn to be able to:

  • Recognise symptoms that may indicate Mental Illness
  • Understand the causes
  • Know what treatments are available
  • Know the complications and risks
  • Support a person who has Mental Illness

Whether you are a person who may have experienced Mental Illness or know someone who may have, in this course you will find the practical information you need.

What this course contains

The curriculum covers 7 modules, each containing lectures in video and/or text format, with supplementary printable sheets. I take you through each, in a clear manner, giving you practical and immediately applicable content.

Understand Mental Illness

So…get started. On completion of this course on Mental Illness, you will be able to identify symptoms that will prompt seeking of professional help and know where to get it, understand who can affected, know the associated risks, and how to increase the likelihood of staying well, starting from today.

Sign up today and understand Mental Illness.

As I say, “For a Safe Today and a Sound Tomorrow.”

Who is the target audience?
  • This ‘Understand Mental Illness’ course is suited to adults who want to know more about Mental Illness for the purpose of promoting health. This course is not for you if you are seeking an alternative to obtaining professional help. It is not suited to Mental Health Professionals who already know the fundamentals of Mental Illness.
  • DISCLAIMER: The medical information in this course is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition. Dr. Leah Akinlonu expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this course. Dr. Leah Akinlonu does not endorse specifically any test, treatment, or procedure mentioned in the course. By taking this course, you agree to the foregoing terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by Dr. Leah Akinlonu. If you do not agree to the foregoing terms and conditions, you should not take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
3 Lectures 15:54

Find out the benefits you will get from this course: symptoms, causes, treatments, risks, and how to give support in mental illness, introduction to Dr. Leah's 4P process

Preview 04:56

Follow short stories to illustrate Mental Illness: what it looks like in the everyday lives of 3 different people

Preview 10:17

Summary of Section 1: beginning to recognise mental illness, pointers to mental illness 

Lecture 3: Conclusion to Section 1
6 Lectures 49:51

Define what is meant by mental illness and list the 7 major classes

Lecture 4: Mental illness and the major types

Recognise symptoms from each class of mental illness that would prompt seeking of professional help

Lecture 5: Symptoms that may indicate Mental Illness

Apply Dr. Leah's acronym 'M.E.N.T.A.L' to decide easily whether there are symptoms suggestive of Mental Illness

Lecture 6: Symptoms Simplified

Know what the associated complications & risks of Mental Illness are -to the person and to others 

Lecture 7: Complications and risks

Look at our case studies and identify the symptoms and risks
Lecture 8: Apply knowledge of ‘Problems’ to the case studies

Summary of Section 2: What Mental Illness is, the major classes, the symptoms, the complications and the risks

Lecture 9: Conclusion to Section 2
5 Lectures 17:27

Know who can be affected by Mental Illness and understand what makes people biologically vulnerable -predisposing factors 

Lecture 10: Who can be affected?

Know what can trigger an episode of Mental Illness -physical, social and emotional stressors

Lecture 11: Triggers for Mental Illness

Know the role of brain chemicals in Mental Illness -changes in the brain signal system 

Lecture 12: What happens inside the brain?

Look at our case studies and identify the vulnerability and trigger factors in each story 

Lecture 13: Apply knowledge of ‘People’ to the case studies

Description: Summary of Section 3 -biological vulnerability to Mental Illness, stress factor triggers, imbalances in the brain chemicals,

Lecture 14: Conclusion to Section 3
5 Lectures 32:08

Know who the professionals are that can help with Mental Illness -Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, initial contact and assessment 

Lecture 15: Who to go to for help

Know the Psychological Therapy options to including CBT -Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

Lecture 16: Available treatments: Non-medication

Know what the medication treatment options are -the types and when they might be prescribed, how they work and the concept of imposed treatment  

Lecture 17: Available treatments: Medication

Look at our case studies and identify the treatment options and professional help available in each story 

Lecture 18: Apply knowledge of ‘Professionals’ to the case studies

Summary of Section 4 - Roles of Mental Health Professionals, Psychological therapies and medication treatments, 

Lecture 19: Conclusion to Section 4
5 Lectures 31:24

Understand how to be supportive to someone with Mental Illness in a practical way -apply Dr.Leah's 'PATHWIN'

Lecture 20: How can you support someone with Mental Illness?

Know what to do if there’s a relapse - identify problem, identify risk, offer support and seek professional help

Lecture 21: How to manage a relapse

Know what factors determine improvement in symptoms - the risk reducing and the risk enhancing factors 

Lecture 22: Prognosis: How will things develop?

Hands-on session to draw up your own specific support plan - a clear targeted practical support plan 

Lecture 23: Drawing up your ‘Pathwin’

Summary of Section 5 -how to offer support practically, how to manage a relapse, factors that determine the prognosis

Lecture 24: Conclusion to Section 5
Section 6 – Frequently Asked Questions
1 Lecture 06:53

 Frequently Asked Questions about Mental Illness and clear answers 

Lecture 25: Frequently Asked Questions about Mental Illness
Section 7 - CONCLUSION
2 Lectures 05:18

Recap of the whole course -video summary of 'Problems, People, Professionals and Pathway' in Mental Illness 

Lecture 26: Putting It All Together

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Lecture 27: Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Dr. Leah Akinlonu
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Founder, Riscovery Systems

Leah Akinlonu is the Risk & Recovery Dr. She shows you how to turn mental health risk into recovery, making complex concepts simple for you. How? Riscovery: Risk + Recovery. 

Dr. Leah is a Consultant Psychiatrist based in the UK. Her Specialist Training in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry gives her expertise in Recovery. Her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychiatry keeps her focus sharp on Risk. The concepts come together in Riscovery: courses and resources for Psychiatrists, for Mental Health Professionals and for Practical People. "Make it clear with Dr. Leah!"

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