Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to
1. Explain the differences between mental health and mental illness, and between
normal and abnormal mental health.
2. Identify at least five types of serious mental disorders.
3. Explain the medicalization of mental health and its effect on individuals as well as
on mental health professionals and organizations.
4. Describe in broad terms how mental health has historically been defined and
5. Understand the importance of mental health parity and its current status.
6. Identify mental health social work roles and settings.
7. Recognize how diversity affects mental health and mental health treatment.