In this Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness course, you'll learn what mental health means and explore common mental health conditions including anxiety, phobias, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. You will also discover how poor mental health can impact physical health and result in absenteeism from work, unemployment, social isolation and even suicide. On completion of this course, you will have gained a solid understanding of mental health and related issues from which you can pursue further study or progress into employment.
The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness is ideal for those who wish to expand on knowledge acquired through the Level 1 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, as well as those that wish to gain a better understanding of mental health for their own curiosity or to support their work within a health and social care setting. The course is suitable for those who have no prior knowledge or experience with mental health and related subject areas.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Understanding Mental Health
Mental health, for some, can be debilitating and impact on their life massively from day to day. In this unit you’ll learn what is meant by mental health and ill-health and how this may impact someone’s life. You’ll also look at the legal frameworks in place to ensure high-quality care is provided to those that suffer mental health issues.
Unit 2 - Understanding Stress
All of us, at some point in our lives will experience stress of some kind. Appreciating why someone is stressed and the causes of it will be presented in this unit, as well as the symptoms and what stress can feel like. Concluding this unit, you’ll learn how stress can be managed.
Unit 3 - Understanding Anxiety
It is normal to feel anxious about day-to-day matters, but when anxiety stays with us for a long time it can becomes problematic. This unit will help you to understand anxiety and how it is caused, whilst understanding what it may feel like to be anxious and the symptoms associated with it, as well as understanding how they can be managed.
Unit 4 - Understanding Phobias
Phobias are a more overwhelming feeling than a fear, and can often make someone feel “in danger” when surrounded by the thing that triggers it. In this unit, you will have a better understanding of phobias and what causes them, as well as developing an appreciation of what they can feel like, the symptoms that come along with them, and the ways we can manage them.
Unit 5 - Understanding Depression
Much like the other units, this one will help you understand what depression is and how it is caused, as well as what it feels like to have depression, the symptoms that are displayed and how someone can manage them.
Unit 6 - Understanding Post-Natal Depression
After giving birth, a mother can present some symptoms of post-natal depression, sometimes having an impact on their surrounding family and baby. This unit will improve your understanding of post-natal depression and its causes, offering a deep view at the symptoms that come along with it, and how it can be managed.
Unit 7 - Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder makes someone go from high to low in mood, and this unit takes you through the highs and lows of bipolar, what the symptoms look like, how it may feel to be a sufferer of bipolar and how to someone can manage it.
Unit 8 - Understanding Schizophrenia
During this unit you will understand what schizophrenia is, how media representation can create confusion about the illness, the causes of it and what it feels like. As well as the effects if the illness on both the sufferer and their friends and family, and how they can be managed.
Unit 9 - Understanding Dementia
Dementia is often something that is associated with old age, but how much do we actually understand it? This unit will open your eyes to what it is, what causes it, what it may feel like, and the impact it has on the sufferer and their family and friends, also improving your understanding of the resources and support available to someone who suffers. Additionally, allow you to better understand the factors that may adversely affect a person with dementia.
Unit 10 - Understanding Eating Disorders
Anorexia? Bulimia? The relationship with food differs from person to person, some people may excessively exercise or eat, and others will not eat enough to fuel their body. But what really is your understanding of eating disorders? This unit will broaden your knowledge of the disorder, the causes, what it feels like to suffer with one, the effects on someone’s life. Also taking you through how the disorder can be managed.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
How is this course assessed or examined?
The assessment methods of this course require a portfolio of evidence. This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.
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 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 qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.