Mental health between prevention and promotion


Health Promotion

Holder of subject:

Dr Vesna Švab, Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Vesna Švab, Professor

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Level of study:

Second Bologna cycle study program Health Promotion




Subject specific competences:

The goal of the course is that students acquire an overall understanding mental health and related concepts. Students acquire knowledge from the field of mental disease prevention and mental health promotion, they know the distinction between the two and know how to critically apply either of the approaches. Also, they acquire skills and practices that can be transferred and used with the aims of promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illnesses. They enrich and expand their knowledge of the most frequent mental illnesses, their aetiology, prevalence, incidence and characteristics.They know about causes, signs and consequences of psychosocial disability and stigma and they know about principles and methods of psychosocial rehabilitation.

The competencies that will be acquired by the Student during the course are as follows:

  • Understanding of basic concepts of mental health;
  • Understanding and differentiating between the concepts of prevention of mental diseases and mental health promotion;
  • The ability of critical judgement of scientific and professional findings of contemporary mental health;
  • The ability of critical use of scientific and professional findings and research and preventive approaches of mental health / illness;
  • The ability of making connections of scientific and professional findings within mental health area with other related scientific disciplines;
  • Competence for preventing and coping with stigma and discrimination;
  • Directing to interdisciplinary research (psychology – psychiatry – public health);  
  • Readiness for life-long professional training.

Mandatory  and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Cattan, M. & TIlford, S., 2006. Mental Health Promotion:  A lifespan Approach. Open University Press, Mcgraw Hill Education.
  • Bajt, M., Gabrijelčič Blenkuš, M., Jeriček Klanšček, H., Kovše, K., Kofol Bric, T., PribakovičBrinovec, R., Roškar, S., Tomšič, S, Štokelj, R. & Zorko, M., 2009. Duševno zdravje v Sloveniji. Ljubljana : Inštitut za varovanje zdravja Republike Slovenije.
  • Marušič, A.  & Temnik, S., 2009. Javno duševno zdravje. Celje: Celjska Mohorjeva družba.
  • Kamin, T., Jeriček, H., Zorko, M., Bajt, M., Dermovsek, M.Z. & Roškar, S., 2009. Duševno zdravje Slovencev.
  • Švab, V., 2011. Stigma and mental disorders. In: L. L'abate, ed.  Mental illnesses - understanding, prediction and control. Rijeka: InTech, pp. 37-68.
  • Švab, V., ed., 2015. Obravnava v skupnosti. Ljubljana: Šent.  

Conditions for the inclusion in the study:

No conditions.

Assessment methods:

  • written examination – 60 %,
  • seminar work – 40 %.

Teaching methods:

Frontal method, active group work, individual work, explanation, discussion, case studies, work with the literature, multimedia presentations.