Having an understanding of mental health is important personally and professionally speaking as good mental health is fundamental to the well-being of individuals. This is why poor mental health has been identified as one of the biggest causes of disability, impaired quality of life and reduced productivity. There is also a strong association between mental health conditions and people reporting multiple pain sites.
Not all physiotherapists realise that metal health is well within our scope of practice – at least in a sense that physical activity is one of the best management strategies for poor mental health and physio’s are the expert in this area. This has been a well held view since 2011 when the WCPT formally recognised mental health as a formal specialitiy with a recognised subgroup.
Unfortunately there has been a slow pace of integration of the speciality into main stream clinical practice. Hopefully with the addition of our latest mental health course on Physioplus, Physiopedia is doing its’ part in improving the visbility of the latest research and helping integrate this into clinical practice.
The new course, like our other MH courses has been created by Andrea Sturm, an autrian physiotherapist with a special interest in ethics and mental health. The aim of the new course is to provide an understanding of the complex and multifaceted underlying causes and contributing factors of mental health disorders and how the clinician can use their own internal and external resources to promotes an individual’s health and well-being.
The course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.