Understanding Mental Health

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

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Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course

    Fully-funded

  • Course duration

    20 weeks average course length

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Learning Method

    Online learning materials with online assessment

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

Qualification aims

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse. Due to an increase in negative media coverage in recent years, the need for mental health awareness and support is now greater than ever.

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

Course units

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve the 5 mandatory units.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

Gain a nationally recognised level 3 accredited certificate.

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Qualification benefits

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Level 3 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.

Eligibility

Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.

19+ at the start of the academic year.

  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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