Mental health concerns how we think, feel and behave and mental health problems can affect anyone. In fact, as many as one in four people in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health issue at some point in their lives. This figure indicates that most people will have first-hand experience of mental distress, whether it be themselves or someone they know.
Mental distress takes many forms. This qualification aims to broaden learners’ knowledge of mental ill-health and the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions. Learners will develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of these conditions and how they may affect people’s day-to-day lives. Learners will also gain an insight into how these conditions can be successfully managed. The qualification is currently designated as a target-bearing full Level 2 qualification and is mapped to the Skills for Health National Occupational Standards and the knowledge set for dementia from Skills for Care. Consequently, employers can be assured that staff who complete this programme are meeting industry standards.
The Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems comprises four concise module workbooks which combine the following units:
- MODULE A: Understanding mental health
- MODULE B: Understanding stress, Understanding anxiety, Understanding phobias, Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder, Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
- MODULE C: Understanding depression, Understanding post-natal depression, Understanding bipolar disorder
- MODULE D: Understanding schizophrenia, Understanding dementia, Understanding eating disorders, Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Each unit contains activities and assessments designed to cover the specific learning outcomes.