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Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Did you know one in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem each year? The most common is mixed anxiety and depression, but there are many other issues which have a huge impact on a person’s life and the people around them. Anyone who works around people with mental health problems needs to understand each condition fully. Likewise, anyone who has seen someone experience mental health problems would benefit from understanding the meaning, causes, effects, symptoms and management of the condition.

This nationally recognised qualification covers all of these aspects and is the perfect starting point.

Each unit explores the meaning, causes, effects, symptoms and management of that particular aspect and looks in detail at the impact mental health has on a person’s family and friends. This will provide you with a better understanding of each aspect and a good idea of what it feels like to experience mental ill-health.

Unit 1: Understanding mental health
In this unit you will learn about what is meant by ‘mental health’ and its impact. You will also look at the legal frameworks which ensure high quality care is provided.

Unit 2: Understanding stress
In this unit you will gain an understanding of stress and its causes, as well as the effects stress can have on individuals and their daily life. You will also gain an understanding of ways in which stress can be managed.

Unit 3: Understanding anxiety
Within this unit you will gain an understanding of anxiety, the causes of anxiety and how it affects the individual and others.

Unit 4: Understanding phobias
In this unit you will look at the causes of phobias and learn about how those with phobias can manage them.

Unit 5: Understanding depression
This unit covers the causes and effects of depression on individuals and those around them. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of how depression can be managed.

Unit 6: Understanding post-natal depression
In this unit you will learn what is meant by the term ‘postnatal depression’. You will look into how postnatal depression not only affects women, but the effect it can have on others around them.

Unit 7: Understanding bipolar disorder
This unit will give learners an understanding of bipolar disorder, its causes and the effects it can have on individuals and their daily lives. You will also gain an understanding of ways in which bipolar disorder can be managed.

Unit 8: Understanding schizophrenia
Within this unit you will look at the causes of schizophrenia and the media’s representation of this condition.

Unit 9: Understanding dementia
Within this unit you will not only learn about what dementia is and how it affects an individual, but will gain an understanding of the ways in which dementia can be managed.

Unit 10: Understanding eating disorders
This unit will give you in-depth knowledge of eating disorders, the causes of eating disorders and how they can affect the individual and others.

Unit 11: Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Within this unit you will look at ADHD, the causes of this condition and the effect it can have on an individual and others.

Unit 12: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
In this unit you will gain an understanding of OCD, its causes and how it might affect the individual and others. You will also learn about ways in which OCD can be managed.

Unit 13: Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The final unit will give you knowledge of PTSD, its causes and how it can affect the individual. You will also gain an understanding of the ways in which PTSD can be managed.

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Anytime from Aug 2021 : Distance Learning : Part-time
Course Code : CMNX0014/21/AE
Level : Level 2
Duration : 20 Weeks

Cost : Free *

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Each unit is assessed through short answer questions of at least one paragraph. Assessments are completed online via our online assessment platform or you can request paper-based assessments that you will need to post back to us.

Entry Requirements

You must be over 19 and have been resident in the UK for at least three years. Aged 19 – 23 must hold a full Level 2 qualification. There are no specific entry requirements for this course. This is a knowledge-based qualification and therefore a good level of literacy, reading and writing is essential.


You can enrol onto other Level 2 subject specific qualifications or progress onto higher level courses.

Facilities and resources

For learners wishing to study fully online, full details on how to access the platform will be emailed after your induction call.

For those requesting workbooks with online assessments, your books will be posted to you after your induction call. Once you have received these you will be emailed full details to access the platform.

If you want to complete the paper-based assessments you will have the option to request these when you enrol.


Q: How long will this course take to complete?

A: This is a distance/home study course, so you can study at your own pace and at a time to suit you within a 20 week period. A subject specialist tutor will be allocated to you and you can email them should you have any questions relating to your course. It is important that you can work independently and be dedicated to set time aside each week for your studies, we recommend that you allow a minimum of 8 to 10 hours a week. Remember that your study time counts towards your CPD – Continuing Professional Development.

Q: How much does this course cost?

A: There is no cost for this qualification. However, if you do not complete your course inside the agreed timescale without a valid reason there will be a charge of £125.

Q: How do I apply?

A: To apply for this course click the Apply Now button or for further information call our Distance Learning Team on 01271 852354 or email pddistancelearning@petroc.ac.uk

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Staring Date : 01/08/2021
Course Code : CMNX0014/21/AE Distance Learning Apply

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