Mental health is a vital element of one's overall wellbeing — a critical aspect of what it means to be whole and fully human.

Mental health is a key determinant of wellness, and has been shown to be strongly influenced by lifestyle factors such as chronic stress, sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, obesity, substance abuse, and social isolation. Use of complementary medicine in mental health conditions has been driven by the high cost of many psychiatric medications, and by the growing list of safety concerns reported by the FDA, but due caution must be used with all therapies, conventional or complementary.

No continuing education credit is available for this course. Course length approx. 5 hours.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the prevalence and impact of mental illness on individuals and public health.
  2. Compare and contrast mental health and mental illness.
  3. Discuss the role of resilience in overall health and wellness, as well as ways to build resilience.
  4. Describe therapeutic frameworks that focus on mental health promotion rather than treatment of disease.
  5. Define the social determinants of health and potential impact on mental health.
  6. Identify lifestyle factors that can positively affect mental health.
  7. Recognize appropriate referral patterns for at-risk patients to mental health experts.
  8. Evaluate the evidence for integrative approaches to promote mental health.
  9. Apply lifestyle and integrative approaches through patient cases.


  • What is Mental Health?
  • Whole Person Mental Health
  • Sleep and Mental Health
  • Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Movement and Mental Health
  • Environment and Mental Health
  • Resilience and Mental Health
  • Relationships and Mental Health
  • Spirituality and Mental Health
  • Course Evaluation
  • Course Exam

More on Mental Health

Interested in a clinical deep dive into integrative treatments? Consider our CME/CNE courses in Anxiety: An Integrative Approach or Coming Soon Depression: An Integrative Approach.

Completion Requirements

Complete all the coursework, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion, you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, and behavioral health professionals in any specialty. In addition, all healthcare professionals who have an interest in an integrative approach to healing are targeted.


When all of the above requirements are met (during the agreed-upon timeline), a link for the completion certificate is available to download and print anytime from "My Account." If a specific credit type was selected at registration, your certificate will indicate earned credits.


This course does not constitute medical advice. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment.