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Free Online Mental Health Training Course - Scotland

Gain a level 3 qualification in understanding mental health

This popular qualification is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of mental health and the importance of mental well-being.

Free Online Mental Health Training Course - Scotland

Course detail

Free online course

The free courses is fully-funded by HM Government.

No fee, no card details and no trial periods.

Certificate included

The accredited certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing a nationally recognised qualification.

Course duration

The free online course takes an average of 20 weeks to complete.

100% online

The free course is 100% online.

Course features

Flexible learning

Learn from the security of your home, office or wherever you feel comfortable.

No exams

You will complete assessment questions based on the skills and knowledge you have gained from the manageable course units.

Expert support

A tutor will be allocated who will support you throughout the free course and provide valuable feedback against your assessments.


Our free training is centred around continued professional development.

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About this free online course

This free online mental health training course is designed to provide adults in Scotland with a thorough understanding of mental health and the importance of mental well-being.

The free course is split into five manageable units which will not only provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of mental health, but they will also give you the knowledge required to work in a variety of roles within both the mental health and social care sector.

The units will cover the context of mental health and well-being and the promotion of it, associated issues and consequences with mental health problems, understanding mental ill health and working in mental health.

Around 1 in 3 people are estimated to be affected by mental health problems in Scotland in any one year.

Source: The Scottish Health Survey

Course content

Your free course is split into manageable units.

Understanding the context of mental health and well-being

Throughout this unit, you will gain an understanding of a range of current mental health legislation and how it has evolved over time. You will study the social consequences of mental health problems and explain how professional approaches and practices have changed.


Promotion of mental health and well-being

This unit explores the factors that influence mental health and well-being at specific stages of a person’s life, from infancy through to late adulthood, with consideration given to how the effects of adverse childhood experiences and economic, social and personal factors contribute to overall mental health and well-being.


Mental health problems: associated issues and consequences

In this unit, you will go on to understand the effects that mental health problems have, not only for an individual, but the impact on their families and society. The effects of substance and alcohol misuse and the links between these and mental health diagnosis is explored, along with the connections between mental health problems and offending.


Understanding mental ill health

A range of mental health conditions including anxiety, eating, mood, personality, sleeping and psychotic disorders as well as dementia, are covered in this unit. At the end of this unit, you will be able to explain the process of producing a person-centred mental health care plan and how the mental health worker can support recovery for those in care.


Working in mental health

This unit focuses on professional standards and codes of practice combined with the mental health worker using reflective practice and identifying their own personal development plan. The roles of other professionals who provide mental health services, including occupational therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers and those offering housing and employment advice, are also covered, with an emphasis on how partnership working can improve outcomes for people with mental health problems.


Get certified

Receive an in-demand certificate – your certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing the nationally recognised certification.

HM government funding

We connect you with training providers that use the UK Government’s Adult Education Budget to fund this free online course.

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Step 2

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On submission, you will be taken to your Skills Network user area…

Within 24 hours you will get an email/call to start the course.

Step 3

Complete unit 1 to secure your place

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Is the course definitely free?

If you meet the eligibility criteria then YES!

We connect you with learning providers that use government funding, in the form of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Adult Educational Budget (AEB).

When can I start the free online course?

When you have successfully completed your application you will receive email confirmation.

Course login details are issued 24 hours after funding is accepted.

How long will the free online course take?

The courses are designed to allow learners to fit their learning around their employment obligations and can be completed in a number of weeks or months, depending on the level. Our shorter courses are often completed within 3 weeks, whilst our longer lasting courses can take up to 3 months.

Is it all online?

Yes! All of our free courses are 100% online.

How many free online courses can I take?

You can only take one course at a time but you can take up to 7 in one academic year.

Do I need to sit an Exam?

No, there are no exams, all courses require you to complete assessment questions based on the knowledge you have just gained from the units.

Why am I required to upload such personal information?

The courses we offer are all funded qualifications, meaning you need to be eligible for government funding in order to secure your a place. This information is a funding requirement and proves your eligibility.

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