Module 10: Mental health problems and TBI:
                           An Introduction

10.0 Aims


This module includes a Pre-Test.

You may find it helpful to do the pre-Test now and the Post-Test at the end of the module. You will be able to compare you pre and post answers.

The Pre-Test includes 8 questions - 7 multiple choice and 1 open-ended question. It is quick to do. Your questions and answers will be emailed to you.


The aim of this module is to help staff and family members better understand mental health and how it relates to brain injury.


You may be working with a person who has a brain injury and a mental health problem. You may have a member of a family who has had a brain injury and you may be wondering about whether or not they have a mental health problem. You may be working with a person who already has a mental health problem diagnosed.

This module will help you have a better understanding about mental health and how it relates to brain injury.


At the end of this module, you should be able to:

10.1 understand what we mean by mental health and mental illness

10.2 understand why it is important to identify mental health problems after TBI

10.3 identify reasons why a person might get a mental health problem

10.4 have an introductory understanding of the connection between the parts of the brain and mental health problems

10.5 identify the typical types of mental health problems after a TBI

10.6 Understand the impact of other related issues such as fatigue and problems initiating activities

10.7 identify common issues in using a) drugs and alcohol b) pain killers and c) natural therapies in the treatment of mental health problems.

10.8 Understand typical treatment challenges

10.9 Be aware of who to see for further information and advice.

Module 10 compiled from materials written by:

Dr Patricia Jungfer