University of Colorado Boulder

I am a professor and mental health researcher and educator with over 15 years of experience. This course, #talkmentalillness, delves into the unprecedented mental health concerns of our current cultural moment, addressing the stigma surrounding mental illness, systemic inequality in mental health treatment, and the disproportionate impacts on marginalized communities.

Throughout the course, you will explore the causes and cutting-edge treatments for various psychological disorders, including anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, suicide, substance use, and psychosis. Additionally, you will gain insights into the relationship between racism and systemic inequality and mental health treatment, and learn how to apply the science of happiness to your own life.

  • Engage in discussions about mental health challenges and treatments with family members, friends, colleagues, and others in your life.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the mental health challenges faced by marginalized communities and communities of color.
  • Learn about evidence-based approaches to treatments and how the science of happiness informs mental health and wellness.

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Course Modules

#talkmentalillness course modules provide in-depth insights into public perceptions of mental illness, specific psychological disorders, serious mental illness, disproportionate impacts on marginalized communities, and evidence-based approaches to treatments & the science of happiness. The final project allows learners to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Public Perceptions of Mental Illness

Gain insights into public perceptions of mental illness, addressing stigma and cultural perspectives. Explore interviews with experts delving into the stigma associated with mental illness and effective communication with the public regarding mental health.

Specific Psychological Disorders

Delve into specific psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more. Learn from experts about the brain and depression, cognition and depression, and assessment and treatment of suicide, among other topics.

Serious Mental Illness

Explore serious mental illness, including suicide, alcohol use disorders, schizophrenia, and psychopathy. Gain an understanding of clinical neuroscience, assessment, and treatment of severe mental illnesses, and their impact on individuals and communities.

Disproportionate Impacts on Marginalized Communities

Examine the disproportionate impacts of mental health on marginalized communities, including Latinx mental health, global mental health, mental health disparities, and family systems and hormones. Gain insights into mental health disparities and their effects on different communities.

Evidence-based Approaches to Treatments & the Science of Happiness

Discover evidence-based approaches to treatments and the science of happiness. Learn about cognitive behavior therapy, mental health innovation and technology, emotion regulation, and treatment for depression. Understand how the science of happiness informs mental health and wellness.

Final Project

The final project allows learners to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering practical application and critical thinking skills. Engage in activities and discussions that integrate course learnings into meaningful contexts.

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