Mental Health Awareness Level 2

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

Develop a greater understanding of mental health and discover the attributes of common mental health conditions.

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Overview

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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Course Outcome

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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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.

Why study Mental Health Awareness online?

Online learning allows you to study according to your own schedule. You’ll be able to increase your understanding of mental health and potentially kick start a new career, without impacting your existing commitments.

What will this Mental Health Awareness course teach you?

Throughout this course, you’ll develop a greater understanding of mental health and different types of mental illness. You will also learn about the wider impact of poor mental health, and explore different approaches to mental health support.

Who should study for a Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness?

This course is perfect for those who want to develop their understanding of mental health generally, as well as those who work in roles within social care, healthcare or counselling. It’s suited both to those who are completely new to the study of mental health, as well as those with prior knowledge or experience.

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