Mental Health Awareness Level 1

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness
Get a foundational understanding of mental health and discover how poor mental health can impact individuals and society.
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The NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness is an ideal starting point to learn about mental health and what you can do to support those around you. It will help you understand what is meant by “mental health” and how to recognise and respond to poor mental health. The course will also put these learnings into the context of wider society, such as how different social and cultural groups experience and are affected by poor mental health.

This is a knowledge-only qualification that would complement study in a variety of areas such as Citizenship, PSHE, Healthcare, Social Care, Counselling and Public Services. It may also be beneficial for those working within the voluntary and community sector, and for others whose role calls for day-to-day interaction with the general public. It’s also ideal for those that simply want to increase their own understanding and awareness of mental health.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Understand What Is Meant by Mental Health

    You will define the terms mental health and mental-ill health and identify possible causes of mental health difficulties as well as list sources of information on mental health issues.

  2. Unit 2 - Be Aware of Some of the Social and Personal Effects of Mental Ill-health

    Explore the percentage of people within the UK that may experience mental health problems. Identify effects that experiencing a mental health problem may have on an individual. How Mental health is reported in the media and how any negative effects reported may have on both an individual and society.

  3. Unit 3 - Be Aware of Some of the Respones to Mental Health Issues

    Identify the rights of people experiencing mental ill health. Identify possible responses that can be made to support an individual with needs and outline factors which can have an impact on whether the response will work. In addition, identify where to refer people for further help and guidance about mental health issues and find and explore ways to promote positive mental health.

  4. Unit 4 - Be Aware of Cultural Diversity in Relation to Mental Health Issues

    Identify possible causes of mental distress in different cultural groups and give examples of barrier that may exist for different cultural groups accessing services as well as ways to overcome such barriers and outline factors that can help promote positive mental health among different cultural groups.

Awarding Body

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 1 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This will be part of your portfolio of evidence which is the main assessment method of this course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

This is a regulated, knowledge-only qualification, therefore, no real work environment placement is required.

The Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness is internally assessed using a candidate workbook covering all the learning outcomes of the qualification.

Entry requirements

This is a level one, entry-level qualification, usually suitable for learners with little or no experience. There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

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