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Mental Health Awareness - Level 1

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This qualification aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health, as well as develop the skills which will enable you to progress your career.

The course will be fully delivered through distance learning, therefore there is no attendance required in the classroom.

Course Overview

You will be allocated an assessor who will guide, mentor and support you through the qualification.

The course consists of the following units:

Section 1: What Is Meant by Mental Health?

In this section, you will learn about the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘mental ill health’, possible causes of mental health problems, examples of mental health problems, and common sources of information on mental health issues.

Section 2: The Social and Personal Effects of Mental Health

This section explores the prominence of individuals experiencing mental health problems in the UK, the effects that experiencing a mental problem might have on an individual, how mental health is reported in the media, the negative effects that media reporting can have on an individual, the negative effects that media reporting can have on society, and how stereotyping can affect people with mental health problems.

Section 3: The Responses to Mental Health Issues

In this section, you will learn about the rights of people experiencing mental ill health, possible responses that can be made to support an individual with mental health problems, factors which can have an impact on whether a response will work, where to refer people for further help or guidance about mental health issues, and ways to promote positive mental health.

Section 4: Cultural Diversity in Relation to Mental Health Issues

In this final section, you will explore the possible causes of mental distress in different cultural groups, examples of barriers that may exist for different cultural groups accessing services, ways of overcoming barriers to accessing services, and factors that can help promote positive mental health amongst different cultural groups.

Progression Routes

This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities:

  • Mental Health Nurse

  • Support Worker

  • School Counsellor

  • Crisis Helpline Volunteer

Additional education opportunities include:

  • Adult Care Work Apprenticeship Level 3

  • Access to HE Level 3

  • Principles of Dementia Care Level 2

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2

  • Self-Harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention Level 2

Course Fees

This course costs FREE, including exam fees.

You may be eligible for free study if you are 23 or under and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 course. Alternatively, if you are unemployed, receiving an eligible benefit, and taking the course to help you find employment.

You may also be entitled to additional financial support including course materials, uniforms, and childcare expenses depending upon your individual circumstances. Read more about Financial Support for adults.

How to Apply

If you would like to enquire about or enrol onto this course, please click 'Enquire’ or ‘Enrol’ at the top of the page, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: B35476-A2A