Assignment number and title Assignment 1 Report
Assignment type WR-I Individual report
Weighting of assignment 100%
Size or length of assessment
You are allowed 10% over or under the word count.
Note that reference lists, appendices, contents page and title page do not count in the word limit.
Unit learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate the following knowledge and understanding of the nature, prevalence and impact of mental illness.
2. Demonstrate the following skills and abilities
Critically analyse the evidence for how the experience of, and interventions for, a specific mental illness impact on those who are affected by it.
What am I required to do in this assignment?
The assignment will take the form of a 2000 word report related to mental health service user and carer perspectives on living with a mental illness/disorder. The report contents must include a critical account of mental health service users in the UK and carers/parents (where appropriate) views on services and support mechanisms involved in the process of supporting the recovery of individuals by meeting their diverse needs.
You will need to choose a mental illness to focus on and a social group. You must choose one of the following:
1. Adults aged 18-64 with schizophrenia
2. Adults aged 18-64 with bipolar disorder
3. Children and adolescents under age 18 with depression or anxiety disorders
4. Children and adolescents under age 18 with anorexia nervosa
5. Older people over age 65 with depression
6. Mentally ill adult prisoners (here you can focus on all prisoners with a diagnosed mental illness e.g. those with depression or a psychotic disorder or who are suicidal/self-harm)
You need to critically analyse how your chosen mental illness impacts on your chosen social group from the service users’ perspective. You need to critically analyse the evidence for how the experience of, and interventions for, your chosen mental illness impact on those in your social group. You must not describe the signs and symptoms of your chosen mental illness. That is not what the task is asking you to do.
You will be expected to use qualitative data to describe the lives of those affected by your chosen illness and how they view treatment and support services. For the qualitative data, you should draw on primary research studies where service users and/or families/carers speak about their experiences i.e. you must use primary research studies that give ‘voice’ to your chosen social group. These are studies that look at what your social group have to say life is like for them living with the mental health problem and the impact the mental illness has on them and their lives, as well as what they say about the support/mental health services they receive in the UK. When looking at parents/carers’ views, you are not looking at the impact the mental illness has on the carers/parents; you are looking at what they about the support the person they care for/their child gets from mental health services.
Finally, you must critically evaluate the services/support received by your chosen group. You need to say whether or not, based on the evidence, these mental health services/support in the UK are working to assist/help your chosen group and whether all with your chosen condition have equal access to services. Here you can also draw on studies where those with mental illnesses speak about the support they receive and whether it is enough/meets their needs.
The final report must include a full reference list of texts and sources cited in the main body. All referencing in the text and reference list must follow the Harvard style, as specified in the Harvard referencing guidelines. Please remember you only ever list primary sources in your reference list (these are sources you actually read not sources cited in something you read). Please look up secondary referencing on the Cite Them Right Harvard referencing guidelines – https://www.citethemrightonline.com/article?docid=b-9781350928060&tocid=b-9781350928060-How-do-I-reference-a-source-quoted-in-another-authors-work-Secondary-referencing. You will need to use your University login details to access Cite Them Right pages.
To pass the assignment, there is an expectation that you will draw on a range of both academic sources including peer-reviewed primary research papers, academic books and academic journal articles and other appropriate sources.
Proofread and edit your work before handing it in.
You must structure your report in the following format:
You are reminded that plagiarism of any type will be penalised and result in a fail and may result in work being referred to the University’s Academic Conduct Panel.
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
In order to pass the assessment, you will need to:
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
Carry out wider reading of peer-reviewed journals drawing on appropriate UK based qualitative studies and adopt an appropriate critical approach to your analysis and evaluation of mental health services, treatment and support in the UK, considering the diverse needs of different groups/individuals. Reference accurately and systematically throughout your work using the correct Harvard format. Write in clear, accurate and succinct academic English.
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
It links to the issues discussed in the weekly lectures and helps you develop an in-depth understanding of how the needs of mental health service users are met in the UK from the service users’ perspective.