Lesson 4 Special Considerations

Required Readings

Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity: A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General – Chapter 2 Culture Counts: The Influence of Culture and Society on Mental Health.

U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, Center for Mental Health Services, U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, August 2001.

This chapter analyzes the effect that culture has on mental health. It discusses the link between the culture of the patient and the influence this has on many aspects of mental health, mental illness, and patterns of health care utilization.

“Co-occurring Disorders”

SAMHSA, March 2016.

This website examines co-occurring disorders and how to best address them. It also recognizes the importance of co-occurring disorders in different settings, (such as homelessness, or amongst veterans) by recommending different treatments.

“Mental Health Literacy: Empowering the Community to Take Action for Better Mental Health. “

Anthony F. Jorm, American Psychologist, Vol 67(3), Apr 2012, 231-243. doi: 10.1037/a0025957.

A paper focusing on the community impact on mental health, and often the lack of knowledge within a community about mental health disorders due to diminishing attention paid to mental health literacy.


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