We start the session by checking our intuitive understanding of mental health against the research literature. You get a strong sense of the warning signs of poor mental health, and what good mental health looks like.
Mental and physical health are so closely intertwined that it is hard to separate them. The most foundational element of good mental health is good brain health. This module investigates why you need a healthy brain, and how you can go about supporting brain health.
In addition to your brain health, mental health is influenced by your psychological well-being. Psychological well-being has three elements: hedonic well-being, eudaimonic well-being, and resilience.
Good mental health is strongly correlated with good emotional regulation. Emotional regulation is a key component of hedonic well-being. By regulating your emotional responses, you can:
Using the same functional model that Module 4 uses for emotions, we try to express the value of stress. By understanding the physiology of your stress response, you can:
Meaning and purpose have a big influence on your eudaimonic well-being. By examining your purpose and values, you can:
Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. It promotes a process of positive adaptation in the face of challenging circumstances while maintaining mental health. It is about being able to reach into your inner reserves and reach out to others for support. By building resilience, you can maintain a good level of hedonic well-being. Being resilient also helps you to live into your values and purpose.
The activities we have used in this session give you a clear indication of where your mental health is right now. After learning more about emotional regulation, stress mindsets, meaning in life, and cultivating resilience, your mental health will hopefully continue to improve, even after this session is done. This module considers some of the ways you can measure whether your mental health is indeed improving over time.
The content of the Neuro Health course is designed for use by Neuro Change Practitioners with clients. The content is structured to be used in a full-day training session:
A truncated version could be used for a half-day training session. To support this use case, the Practitioner gets the following resources:
To support the client in making the most of the full-day session, the following resources are provided: