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Course description:

Mental distress takes many forms. This qualification aims to broaden learners’ knowledge of mental ill-health and the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions. Learners will develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of these conditions and how they may affect people’s day-to- day lives. Learners will also gain an insight into how these conditions can be successfully managed. The course has a credit value of 16 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.

Who is the course suitable for?

The Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems is designed for learners working in a range of settings within the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.

Entry requirements:

You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.

How is the course delivered?

Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at a place convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should complete the course within 12 weeks.

Course content:

The course will cover the following areas and consists of three workbooks and three assessments:

Workbook 1:

Understanding mental health, Understanding stress and anxiety, Understanding depression.

Workbook 2:

Understanding phobias, Understanding eating disorders, Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder, Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder.

Workbook 3:

Understanding dementia, Understanding post-natal depression, Understanding bipolar disorder, Understanding schizophrenia.

Progression opportunities:

Having successfully achieved this qualification, the learner may wish to progress on to further training, such as courses in equality and diversity or care.

Course Number: N3THB