Understanding Mental Health

Course code 73223

This course provides you with an introduction to mental health and the major paradigms in the Aotearoa New Zealand mental health system.  

You will develop knowledge of some of the major psychological disorders and responses to them.

You will also gain an understanding of how working in this field can be structured, the agencies and institutions that are part of these structures.


Please note, this course name replaces 73223 Mental Health and Addiction Studies: Aetiologies.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Identify and analyse the causes of a range of disorders and the critical issues in diagnosis and assessment of these disorders. 
  • Apply knowledge of a range of approaches for working with service users.
  • Synthesise knowledge of the organisations and professional roles typically working with mental health service users and their legal and ethical responsibilities.

Other requirements

Access to a computer, the Internet and email.


There are no set texts for this course.


This course is 100% internally assessed