Knowing the Unknown
by Dr Michael Olasoji

Wednesday 17 May 2017
11:00am to 1:00pm
Lecture Theatre S4, Clayton
16 Rainforest Walk

What is mental health? It’s an expression used regularly, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood! ‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety conditions, and schizophrenia but according to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well? Ultimately, mental health is about wellness rather than illness. It is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships - and not merely the absence of a mental health condition.

This short seminar by Dr. Michael Olasoji will help you understand mental health and how you can help those affected achieve their full potential.

The seminar will be followed by lunch so there will be plenty of time for questions. If you've got any questions, please email

About Dr Michael Olasoji

Dr Michael Olasoji is a Lecturer at the School of Nursing & Midwifery; he is a Mental Health Nurse with several years of experience in mental health care. Prior of working as a Mental Health Nurse, Michael was a Biochemist working in Nigeria. Since becoming a Mental Health Nurse, Michael has worked across various settings in mental health including acute in-patient units as an Associate Nurse Unit manager, community mental health as a Clinical Case Manager, mental health triage and recently clinical nursing education at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.

Michael’s research interest includes the provision of metal health care in primary health care settings, role of family members in the care of people living with a mental illness and the involvement of mental health patients in the care delivery process especially in acute in-patient units.

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'Knowing the Unknown' will help you understand mental health and how you can help those affected achieve their full potential.