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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Overview

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'll learn

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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Why study one of our health and social care courses?

When you enrol with us, you’ll be embarking on a rewarding, enriching journey at a pace that suits you. Our distance learning courses are designed to be tackled anywhere and anytime. Plus, with our award-winning course materials and unlimited tutor support, we’ll be there with you every step of the way.

How long is a health and social care course?

You have up to twelve months to complete one of our online health and social care courses. With that said, we’ve found that our students gain their chosen qualification in a much shorter time thanks to our award-winning learning materials and one-to-one tutor support. This means that you could put your learning into practice and secure a new job in health and social care very quickly.

How does studying for a health and social care course online work?

Online health and social care courses allow adults to retrain around their jobs and other commitments while being fully supported by the help of a personal, distance learning tutor. Choosing to study health and social care online gives you flexibility and freedom that you may struggle to receive from a traditional educational provider.

You’re given a deadline to complete the course, but the rest is up to you. You can study whenever you like, whether it’s on a bus or in the middle of the night. The power is in your hands.

Why is health and social care important?

While all roles differ, those working in health and social care provide an invaluable service to people within the community. They often offer support – either emotional, physical, or social – that allows people in need to continue to live a normal and fulfilling life. Some roles also help protect vulnerable members of society from abuse.

Health and social care is a varied, interesting and incredibly rewarding career path that can involve working with the very young through to the very old, while helping those in need navigate a diverse range of situations.

What is a health and social care course?

Health and social care is an umbrella term for courses that focus on helping others. Just some of the subjects that fall under this remit include retirement planning, diabetes care in children and young people, and mindfulness.

This means that once you’re qualified in general health and social care, your career can evolve as your interests do. You can practice a specific specialism and then pivot to another when and if you feel that you want to do something different but don’t want to retrain entirely. You really can carve your own health and social care career path.

Should I train as a counsellor?

Individuals of any age can benefit from counselling courses and it’s important to note that counselling, when experiencing grief, abuse, anger and problems building and maintaining relationships can have a positive impact.

This makes it absolutely critical that the counselling sector ensures it is well staffed with empathetic, conscientious and skilled professionals who will diligently work to help individuals manage their emotional welfare.

If this sounds like you, training to counsel individuals, couples or groups could be the start of an incredibly inspiring career. A skilled counsellor can become a truly vital support for vulnerable people, enabling them to work through trauma and past issues, making this profession as rewarding as it is valued.

How does counselling benefit children?

One in ten children experience mental illness, and, according to the same report from Mind, the recent pandemic lockdown has led to 68% of young people experiencing lowered mental health.

Counselling can be extremely useful for children and young people, particularly those who don’t have access to a support network at home or feel they cannot talk to their parents about problems they may be facing.

How does counselling benefit adults?

According to the NHS, one in four adults experience mental illness; and the pandemic has worsened things. The mental health charity, Mind, released insight in Feb 2022 stating that “A million UK adults who had problems with their mental health for the first time during the pandemic have not spoken to anyone about it”

A career in counselling adults can see you touching upon topics surrounding the workplace, infertility, past trauma or even addiction. Older adults with very little family or friends can also benefit from counselling to help them better cope with feelings of loneliness or even worthlessness which is unfortunately common amongst older generations.

What types of counselling are there?

There are many different disciplines within counselling, including Counselling for Children, Substance Misuse and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. There are many counselling courses online available for various disciplines that can equip you with the skills and expertise to help people who are struggling with incredibly difficult situations. If you want to attain your counselling diploma online then we can help you.

Why study Counselling courses online?

Studying your counselling courses online with Oxbridge will get you qualified faster and on average our learner’s grades are 20% higher than the grades achieved by those who study on campus. As with all distance learning courses, distance learning counselling courses enable students to study wherever and whenever they choose, meaning they can become a counsellor while fitting their studies around other commitments such as work or childcare.

What will you learn on this Mental Health Awareness course?

This mental health awareness course will help develop your understanding of the issues surrounding mental health difficulties, and how different sectors of society may experience mental health. You’ll also gain a deeper appreciation of how mental health issues can affect all aspects of life, including social, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and physical well-being.

Specifically, this NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness qualification aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health difficulties
  • Dispel some of the myths and misconceptions frequently linked to mental health issues
  • Develop your knowledge of the rights of those with mental health issues
Why study Mental Health Awareness online?

Studying mental health awareness online means you can work in your own time while sticking to your existing commitments and schedule. It’s also a great stepping stone to expanding or specialising your knowledge with other online mental health courses.

Who should study on this Level 1 Mental Health Awareness course?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of mental health. Whether you’re a healthcare professional, student, or simply want to learn more about mental health issues, this course will help increase your knowledge and develop your skills in this area.

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Laura

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For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

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I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

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Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  

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Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.

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