Mental Health Awareness

This course gives a comprehensive overview of mental health, common causes of problems, the diagnosis process and treatment

Up to 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems in any year. Whilst the headline number is staying stable, the proportion who suffer suicidal thoughts or resort to self-harm is growing. This awareness course looks at the most common mental health "problems," their symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments. It explains the legislation and guidance related to mental health, especially the effect of the different sections of the Mental Health Act.

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Course Details

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  • Clear, attractive format
  • Real-life scenarios help illustrate key points
  • With videos and graphics to make an enjoyable learning experience
  • Written by an expert with over 20 years experience of health and social care training

Benefits for you

Mental Health Awareness forms an essential part of many different qualifications and learning frameworks. If you are working towards any of these, it is important to appreciate to what extent this course helps you in your goal.

This course has been mapped to the following (where it is applicable) –

Core Skills Education and Training Framework – Mental Health – Subject 1 Mental Health Awareness

Tier 1

  • a) understand what is meant by the terms “mental Well-being”, “mental health” and “mental ill-health”
  • e) Understand what emotional literacy is and the importance of it in maintaining mental well-being (the term “emotional intelligence” is used in this course)
  • f) Be aware of the benefits of mindfulness for improving well-being and mental health
  • g) Be aware of the factors that promote and protect mental health and well-being
  • h) Be aware that for the individual who experiences mental health problems there may be biological, psychological and social aspects that predispose, precipitate and perpetuate the condition 
  • i) Understand the importance of resilience as a key factor in protecting and supporting good mental health 
  • k) Be aware of the possible causes and approaches to prevention of mental health problems 
  • m) Be aware of the key mental health problems that may require specialist interventions and specific roles professionals may have in this context 
  • n) Be able to signpost individuals who experience mental health problems, their families and carers for further help, resources or guidance about mental health problems 
  • o) Understand what is meant by the term recovery 
  • r) Be aware of some of the social, personal and economic effects of mental ill health 
  • s) Be aware of the impact of experiencing a mental health problem on individuals, family and society 
  • t) Know how stereotyping can increase stigma and negative attitudes towards people experiencing mental health problems 

Tier 2 

  • a) Know common types of mental health problems 
  • c) Be able to support individuals experiencing mental health problems to contribute to their own recovery and well-being 
  • g) Be aware of the different types of treatments available to support individuals who experience mental illness and understand the roles and responsibilities of different agencies in supporting individuals

The Care Certificate – Standard 9 – Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities

9.1 Understand the needs and experiences of people with mental health conditions, dementia or learning disabilities

  • 9.1a List how someone may feel if they have mental health conditions such as: o Psychosis o Depression o Anxiety o The issues may be physical, social or psychological and will affect the individual in different ways 
  • 9.1b Explain why these conditions may influence a person’s needs in relation to the care that they may require 
  • 9.1c Explain why it is important to understand the causes and support needs are different for people with mental health conditions 

9.3 Understand the adjustments which may be necessary in care delivery relating to an individual who may have a mental health condition, dementia or learning disability

  • 9.3a Describe what adjustments might need to be made to the way care is provided of someone has a mental health condition such as – Psychosis, Depression, Anxiety 

9.4 understand the importance of early detection of mental health conditions 

9.5 understand legal frameworks, policy and guidelines relating to mental health conditions 

  • 9.5a List the main requirements of legislation and policies that are designed to promote the human rights, inclusion, equal life chances and citizenship of individuals with mental health conditions

Course Syllabus

Section 1 – Introduction

  • 1.1 – Learning Objectives
  • 1.2 – Mapping
  • 1.3 – Meet The People

Section 2 – Overview of Legislation and Guidance

  • Introduction
  • The Mental Health Act 1983 (updated 2007)
  • Other related legislation
  • Guidance
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Section 3 – Mental Health Conditions

  • Definitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder 
  • Clinical Depression 
  • Dissociative Disorders 
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
  • Panic Disorder 
  • Personality Disorder 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychosis 
  • Schizoaffective disorder 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Season Affective Disorder 
  • Anxiety Disorders 

Section 4 – Causes & Treatment – Mental Health Conditions 

  • Introduction 
  • Diagnosis 
  • Emotional Wellbeing / Mental well-being 
  • Positive sense of self 
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Emotional Resilience 
  • Positive (good) mental health 
  • Stigma 
  • Mental Health and treatments 
  • Medication 
  • Talking Therapies 
  • Professionals involved with people who have mental health conditions 
  • Recovery


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