Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness
FutureLearn Online Courses
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Not for credit
Available course dates:
From: 01 September 2023 To: 31 August 2024
Explore the connection between depression, anxiety, and physical illness.
Around one in three people have a long-term physical illness, and of these people, around one in three also struggle with mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
Symptoms such as pain, fatigue, disability, and uncertainty around treatment, can all contribute to mental health problems, which in turn can worsen physical symptoms.
On this course, you’ll learn how mental and physical health interact. You’ll look in-depth at the relationship between physical and mental illness, and improve your ability to recognise symptoms and find help.
What does this course cover?
- Overview of the mind and body link and why it matters
- The impact of depression and anxiety on health and quality of life
- Approaches to integrating mental and physical healthcare
- Communication skills to overcome barriers to talking about distress in illness
- Challenges to identifying depression and anxiety in people with a physical illness
- Assessment and management of suicide risk
- Self-care techniques and sources of support for depression and anxiety
- Treatment options, including talking therapies and medication
What will I achieve?
- Explain the mind-body link and how mental and physical illness interact
- Describe the key risk factors, signs and symptoms, and challenges to identifying depression and anxiety in people with a physical illness
- Initiate conversations about mental health and deal effectively with barriers to discussing depression and anxiety
- Demonstrate knowledge of practical coping strategies, treatment options and sources of support for people with depression/anxiety and a physical illness
- Evaluate suicide risk and explain when and how to take action
- Reflect on how healthcare services can provide better care for people depression/anxiety and physical illness
Who will I learn with?
Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Who is this for?
This course is for anyone affected by physical and mental illness, their families and carers, and those working in healthcare.
What is the teaching schedule?
This course runs multiple times each year. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Please click the Apply button to find out when the next run will start.