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The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness, University of Toronto

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About this Course

Learn how social factors promote mental health, influence the onset and course of mental illness, and affect how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated. This course explores how our understanding of mental health and illness has been influenced by social attitudes and social developments in North America and around the world. The course begins by situating our contemporary mental health practices in historical context, then looks at different aspects of mental health, mental illness and mental health services and their connections to what’s going on in our social environment....

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May 23, 2017

Awesome course by Professor Williams who taught us a lot about how to consider health issues under the social context to explore the interaction between health and social factors.


Oct 26, 2017

Facilitator is very engaging and brings the subject to life. Will definitely recommend to anyone with any remote interest in mental hea

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By Aksiniia Iakovenko

Jun 14, 2018


By kimberly G cotillis

May 23, 2018

well worth the time. The professor makes the course easy to learn from.

By Anastasia Ioakeimidou

May 19, 2018

Great content. A lot of information about mental health and illness.

By Pallavi Devi Deepchand

May 08, 2018

cool course

By Farouk Hassan

Apr 02, 2018

The insight gained from the course was amazing. I learnt a lot! Plus the teaching style and course content made the whole difference.

By Daithi M. Walsh

Mar 25, 2018

Great course. Very interesting topic, well-presented, and lots of useful readings.

By Jennifer Simpson

Mar 22, 2018

The information and coursework was perfect. The only negative for me was peer grading. The course was well presented and very helpful. The assignments were also very useful and helped to solidify the knowledge presented.

By Joy Smith

Feb 24, 2018

Very caring, personal educator. Thorough course on the subject.

By Marlaina Rodriguez

Feb 19, 2018

Great course! I learned so much about mental health and social context.

By Katerina Stavroulaki

Jan 29, 2018

The material was updated and very thoroughly presented. Assignments were very helpful.