Mental Health Matters
Walden University School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing
Mental Health Matters
Public Health Release Date: 5/23/2019
Nursing Release Date: 8/13/2019
Enduring Material Expiration Date: 5/23/2021
This activity is intended for public health professionals and registered nurses/advanced practice registered nurses.
Statement of Need
Mental illness is an extensive array of disorders that affect an individual’s mood, thinking, feelings, and behavior. Approximately one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. The Healthy People 2020, Mental Health and Mental Disorders goal aims to “improve mental health through prevention and by ensuring access to appropriate, quality mental health services.” This is important because mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability and account for the highest disease burden of all diseases. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental illnesses are common in the U.S., with tens of millions of individuals affected annually. In spite of this, many do not know and/or understand key facts about mental health and mental illness. This presentation will provide an overview of different mental conditions that vary in degree of severity. The two broad categories used to describe mental conditions: Any Mental Illness (AMI) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) will be defined. Although there are over 200 classified forms of mental illness, the five (5) major categories of mental illness (Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders, Dementias, and Eating Disorders) will be discussed. Upon the completion of this presentation participants should be able to understand the difference between mental health and mental illness, know the signs and symptoms of various mental conditions, and be able to recognize the most commonly used psychosocial and medication treatments for mental illness in adults.
Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:
- Describe the difference between mental health and mental illness.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of mental conditions
- Recognize the most commonly used psychosocial and medication treatments for mental illness in adult populations.
Walden University is an approved provider of CPH recertification credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Walden University is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Walden University is a designated provider (ID# 123343) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Credit Designation Statement
Walden University designates this enduring material for 1.0 nursing contact hour.
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Faculty and Disclosures
This session is provided collaboratively by Walden University School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing. The planners and presenters of this nursing educational activity disclose that there are no financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 12 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity. The following is a list of the activity planners and faculty, along with any information they have disclosed regarding their relevant financial relationships.
Jennifer Perkins, PhD, MPH, CHES
Cheryl Christ-Libertin, DNP, CPNP-PC, RN-BC, NE-BC
Nicoletta Alexander, PhD, MPH
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