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Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

With increasing worries around each life stage, whether linked to exam pressure, work expectations, unemployment or financial difficulties, it is not surprising that individuals may struggle to cope with the demands of everyday life. Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience
a mental health problem each year. This is why it is more important than ever before to increase our understanding of mental health in order to tackle this growing health concern and challenge the stigma attached to mental ill health.

This qualification will enable you to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being. It will equip you with the skills needed to work in mental health services, making it ideal for those who want to progress in the health and social care sector.

This course is eligible for financial support through Advance Learner Loans.

Units covered in this programme include:

Understanding the context of mental health and wellbeing
– Understand the range of current legislation that applies to mental health and how it has changed over time
– Understand the range of attitudes and perceptions of mental ill health
– Understand the current pattern and range of services for mental health problems and how these have evolved

Promotion of mental health and wellbeing
– Understand mental health and wellbeing in the different stages of life
– Understand how to support mental health and wellbeing

Mental health problems: associated issues and consequences
– Understand how mental health problems have social consequences for the individual, their family and society as a whole
– Understand the use/misuse of substances and alcohol in the context of mental health problems (dual diagnosis)
– Understand mental health problems in the context of offending and the criminal justice system
– Understand suicide and the prevention of suicide
– Understand self-harm

Understanding mental ill health
– Understand a range of mental health conditions
– Understand the treatments and interventions available for a range of mental health problems
– Understand care planning in mental health services

Working in mental health
– Know how to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for working in mental health services
– Understand the roles and responsibilities of a care or support worker working in mental health
– Understand the roles of other professionals providing mental health services
– Understand how to use reflection in the development of skills, knowledge and practice

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Anytime from Aug 2021 : Distance Learning : Part-time
Course Code : CMNX0038/21/AL
Level : Level 3
Duration : 20 Weeks

Cost : Total Fee £811

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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 the paper-based assessments that you will need to post back to us.

Entry Requirements

We would expect learners to have already completed the Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems and to be working in this sector with individuals with mental health issues.

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.

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 paper-based assessment you will have the option to request these when you enrol.


Q: How will I study for this course?

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 26 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.

Q: How many hours a week will I need to study?

A: 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 six hours a week. Remember that your study time counts towards your CPD – Continuing Professional Development.

Q: Can I get any support with paying for this course:

A: This course can be funded through the governments advanced learner loan scheme – visit https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan for more information

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Staring Date : 01/08/2021
Course Code : CMNX0038/21/AL Distance Learning Apply

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