Mind Matters: A Study of Mental Health & Illness
A-G Subject: College Preparatory Elective
CTE Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology
Pathway: Behavioral and Mental Health
In this upper level health sciences course, students utilize the skills of reading, writing, mathematics, history, and lab science to explore the world of mental and behavioral health. They define mental illness, differentiate between myths and truths about mental health, and identify how the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system relates to physical, mental, and emotional health. Students have the opportunity to assess their own mental and behavioral health status, and to take on multiple roles within the healthcare system to practice preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental and behavioral illnesses. As they do so, they debate the ethics of different situations surrounding mental illness, and analyze the system-wide successes of and barriers to mental healthcare on a national and international scale.