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    Mental Health Awareness Course

    This course explains the difference between mental health and mental illness.

    It covers the symptoms of a number of the most common mental illnesses so you will know what to look out for or what to expect if you are working with someone with one of these conditions, as well as providing some practical advice on how you can work effectively with those affected by these conditions

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People often equate the words mental health with mental illness and there are many definitions of what mental health actually is.
Mental health issues can happen to anyone despite social background, intelligence, gender or other factors.

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Mental Health Awareness Course

This course helps people understand difference between mental health and mental illness. This online training course is aimed at creating awareness of ill mental health (particularly stress, depression, bipolar, paranoia, schizophrenia and anxiety). It covers the symptoms of a number of most common mental illnesses so you know what to look out for or what to expect if you are working with someone with one of the conditions, as well as providing some practical advice on how you can work effectively with those affected by these mental conditions.

Key Learning Points:

Mental health is a very serious issue, and as per data poor mental health is responsible for almost 13% of all sickness absence days in UK, while nearly two third of people say that they experienced mental ill health some time during their life.

This Mental Health Awareness Course is an introductory course and no prior experience or knowledge is needed. The course provides an overview of mental health problems, outlining some of the symptoms and effects, and explains what you can do to help or support others suffering from mental health problems.

Mental Health:

Though many elements of mental health may be identifiable, the term is not easy to define.  The meaning of being mentally healthy is subject to many interpretations rooted in value judgements, which may vary across cultures.  Mental health should not be seen as the absence of illness, but more to do with a form of subjective well-being, when individuals feel that they are coping, fairly in control of their lives, able to face challenges, and take on responsibility.

Mental Illness:

Mental illness refers collectively to all diagnosable mental health problems which become “clinical,” that is where a degree of professional intervention and treatment is required.  Generally, the term refers to more serious problems, rather than, for example, a mild episode of depression or anxiety requiring temporary help.


Depression is an example of a mental disorder largely marked by alterations in mood as well as loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed.  It affects more women than men, by a ratio of about 2 to 1.


Stress is defined as a nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it which results in symptoms such as rise in the blood pressure, release of hormones, quickness of breathe, tightening of muscles, perspiration, and increased cardiac activity. Stress is not necessarily negative.  Some stress keeps us motivated and alert, while too little stress can create problems.

Bipolar Disorder:

Bipolar disorder was once known as manic depressive disorder, because of extreme mood swings from depression to mania. Bipolar is a very serious form of mental illness leading to even suicide deaths; however, it can be treated through therapy and medication.


Paranoia is the feeling that you’re being threatened in some way, such as people watching you or acting against you, even though there’s no proof that it’s true. It happens to a lot of people at some point. Even when you know that your concerns aren’t based in reality, they can be troubling if they happen too often.

Clinical paranoia is more severe. It’s a rare mental health condition in which you believe that others are unfair, lying, or actively trying to harm you when there’s no proof.


Schizophrenia symptoms include distorted thoughts, hallucinations, and feelings of fright and paranoia. This is a very chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. Schizophrenia is not as common as other mental health issues, but the effects can be very damaging if not treated properly.

Course Content and Layout:

This online course is divided into different modules with each module consisting of a video lecture followed by a quiz.

Module 1: What is Mental Illness and Prevalent Rates

This is an introductory module which will through some light on facts and numbers about people affected by mental health, types of mental illness, difference between mental health and mental illness, and a quiz at the end of the module to test the competitiveness.

Module 2 and 3: Symptoms and Strategies to Help

In this module you will learn about symptoms, signs and behaviour indications to help identify a person suffering from mental illness, and you will also get information about different strategies, therapies and solutions to counter the illness.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this mental health awareness course, learners will

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Mental Health’
  • Fully understand some of the most common mental health problems
  • Gain knowledge about common symptoms and how to diagnose different mental health problems
  • Understand different strategies to counter the mental health issues and minimize the risk level.


On successful completion of this course you will be entitled to receive a verified course completion certificate. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. You will be able to claim 1 CPD point as well at the end of the course.


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