Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Are you looking for mental health training? UK employers, particularly in the health and social care sector, are increasingly interested in their staff having a sound understanding of a range of mental health problems. This qualification aims to raise your awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems. You will gain an understanding of prevalent mental health problems and how you can then work with or interact with individuals with them.


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Unit 1: Understanding mental health

In this unit you will learn about what is meant by ‘mental health’ and its impact. You will also look at the legal frameworks which ensure high quality care is provided.

Unit 2: Understanding stress

In this unit you will gain an understanding of stress and its causes, as well as the effects stress can have on individuals and their daily like. You will also gain an understanding of ways in which stress can be managed.

Unit 3: Understanding anxiety

Within this unit you will gain an understanding of anxiety, the causes of anxiety and how it affects the individual and others.

Unit 4: Understanding phobias

In this unit you will look at the causes of phobias and learn about how those with phobias can manage them.

Unit 5: Understanding depression

This unit covers the causes and effects of depression on individuals and those around them. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of how depression can be managed.

Unit 6: Understanding post-natal depression

In this unit you will learn what is meant by the term ‘postnatal depression’. You will look into how postnatal depression not only affects women, but the effect it can have on others around them.

Unit 7: Understanding bipolar disorder

This unit will give learners an understanding of bipolar disorder, its causes and the effects it can have on individuals and their daily lives. You will also gain an understanding of ways in which bipolar disorder can be managed.

Unit 8: Understanding schizophrenia

Within this unit you will look at the causes of schizophrenia and the media’s representation of this condition.

Unit 9: Understanding dementia

Within this unit you will not only learn about what dementia is and how it affects an individual, but will gain an understanding of the ways in which dementia can be managed.

Unit 10: Understanding eating disorders

Unit 10 will give you in-depth knowledge of eating disorder, the causes of eating disorders and how they can affect the individual and others.

Unit 11: Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD

Within this unit you will look at ADHD, the causes of this condition and the effect it can have on an individual and others.

Unit 12: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

In this unit you will gain an understanding of OCD, its causes and how it might affect the individual and others. You will also learn about ways in which OCD can be managed.

Unit 13: Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The final unit will give you knowledge of PTSD, its causes and how it can affect the individual. You will also gain an understanding of the ways in which PTSD can be managed.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 2 qualification
  • Potential to progress on to further mental health training
  • UK-based learner support network to guide you through your studies
  • Subject specialist support from a Tutor and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • Funding available – speak to one of our team for more information and to see if you are eligible.
  • This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities and potential salaries:

    Mental Health Nurse – up to £28,180

    Key Information

    Course Length 8-12 weeks
    average course length
    Awarding Body TQUK
    Course Level Level 2
    Funding Fully Funded
    Learning Method(s)

    Paper based
    learning materials
    with online assessment

    Paper based
    learning materials and
    paper based assessment






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    Most recent customer reviews

    Rachel Morley

    2 months ago

    "It was a good experience."

    Rachel started studying this course to develop her understanding of mental health as she found that she had an interest for it. Rachel liked the fact that she could study the course in her own pace and at her own time.

    'As I have an interest in mental health.'
    'I could do it at my own pace and in my own time.'
    'It was a good experience.'

    Sally Beardsmore

    2 months ago

    "My overall learning experience with The Skills Network has been positive. It had a really good set of learning materials with easy to follow guidance and support."

    Sally decided to embark on a mental health course with us to enhance her knowledge surrounding various mental health issues. Since studying with us, Sally has become more aware of the importance of maintaining her own mental health, and the importance of raising awareness among friends and family.

    I wanted to increase my knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and how they impact upon people in the workplace.
    I am able to apply what I’ve learnt in my day-to-day role, whether it be in a clinic setting, on a one-to-one, or in a training room full of managers.
    It has helped me personally to understand mental health issues and how they can impact upon a person’s overall well-being.

    Emily Fairclough

    2 months ago

    "The materials were really good and provided lots of useful links to further my research. It was fair and never took too long to arrive."

    Emily chose to study this course to deepen her knowledge in mental health, so she could not only understand her own mental health, but her family's, and the children she works with.

    'I chose to study this course as I have suffered from mental health problems myself, and my loved ones have also suffered so I wanted to develop a better understanding.'
    'It has helped me to better understand the reasons why people might be experiencing some of the things they are. When I needed to contact Learner Support, they were quick to respond and answer any queries. Overall, it was a very positive experience.'
    'It has given me a greater understanding of some of the children I work with and the issues that they face, as some of them have anxiety.'

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