WEL231 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches in Mental Health (8)

This subject explores mental health practice in the context of the global environmental crisis, which is having disproportionate impacts on human health and wellbeing. Conventional approaches to mental health based on Euro-Western ideology are challenged, and a holistic environmental framework is presented to include social and ecological dimensions. Drawing from a range of worldviews and knowledges, the psychological and emotional responses to environmental loss and decline, as well strategies and approaches for promoting mental health in a range of contexts are examined. This subject is relevant to health and human service practitioners interested in understanding how to adapt to a changing climate and practice context.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL231. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the holistic attributes of human wellbeing and mental health;
  • be able to identify a range of worldviews that influence environmental sustainability and holistic conceptualisations of mental health;
  • be able to explain the psychological and emotional responses to environmental loss and decline; and
  • be able to apply holistic environmental approaches to mental health practice, including being (ontology), thinking (epistemology) and doing (methodology).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Holistic understandings of mental health and wellbeing
  • Impacts of the global environmental crisis on mental health
  • Discourses influencing environmental sustainability and mental health practice
  • Aboriginal ways of knowing in mental health
  • Psychological responses to environmental loss and decline
  • Holistic mental health framework for practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL231 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online multiple choice quiz
Essay - exploration of place in mental health

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.