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Certificate in Mental Health Awareness Level 2

Our Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness is an accredited qualification on which you will learn how to raise awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems as well as develop your understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

The five modules are theory based, provided as a remote learning opportunity with assignments, workbooks and resources provided.

Course Details

Qualification Name: Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness (RQF)
Accreditation: iCQ OfQual recognised qualification
OfQual Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): 603/4694/2
Average time to completion: 4 to 6 weeks

Course Content

Module 1

Understand specific mental health complications

Understand the types of mental health problems

  1. Outline the meaning of
    • a) Phobia
    • b) Depression
    • c) post-natal depression (including baby blues)
    • d) Bipolar disorder
    • e) Schizophrenia
    • f) Dementia
    • g) eating disorder
    • h) Agoraphobia

Understand the different signs and symptoms of common mental health problems

  1. Describe the signs and symptoms associated with
    • a) Phobia
    • b) Depression (difference between feeling low and clinical depression)
    • c) Psychotic depression
    • d) post-natal depression
    • e) bipolar disorder (manic and depressive episodes)
    • f) Schizophrenia
    • g) Dementia
    • h) Eating Disorder
    • i) Agoraphobia
    • j) Puerperal psychosis
  2. Describe how the following make a person feel
    • a) Phobia
    • b) Depression (difference between feeling low and clinical depression)
    • c) Psychotic depression
    • d) post-natal depression
    • e) bipolar disorder (manic and depressive episodes)
    • f) Schizophrenia
    • g) Dementia
    • h) eating disorder  
    • i) Agoraphobia
    • j) Puerperal psychosis

Understand the risk factors of common mental health problems

  1. Outline possible causes and risk factors of
    • a) Phobia
    • b) Depression
    • c) Post-natal depression
    • d) bipolar disorder
    • e) Schizophrenia
    • f) Dementia
    • g) eating disorder

Understand the impact of mental health problems on an individual’s wellbeing and lifestyle

  1. Describe how each condition may affect a person’s wellbeing and their life
    • a) Phobia
    • b) Depression
    • c) post-natal depression
    • d) bipolar disorder (manic and depressive episodes)
    • e) Schizophrenia
    • f) Dementia
    • g) eating disorder
    • h) Agoraphobia
  2. Explain how an individual experiencing a mental health condition may be affected by others’ actions
    • a) Phobia
    • b) Depression
    • c) post-natal depression
    • d) bipolar disorder (manic and depressive episodes)
    • e) Schizophrenia
    • f) Dementia
    • g) eating disorder

Understand how postnatal depression may affect the bond between the mother and baby

  1. Explain how postnatal depression may affect the bond between the mother with her baby
  2. Describe how preparations before birth may reduce post-natal depression

Understand the four main common types of dementia in England

  1. List the four most common types of dementia currently in England
  2. Describe the four most common types of dementia currently in England

Understand common eating disorders and how they may affect an individual

  1. Identify the most common eating disorders
  2. Explain how you can support a person with an eating disorder
  3. Describe how you can manage the care of a person with an eating disorder

Module 2

Understand the effects of poor mental health on an individual

Know how mental health problems can impact on an individual

  1. Describe the impact of mental health problems on a person’s day to day living

Understand how stress, anxiety and panic attacks affect an individual managing their mental health needs

  1. Define the terms
    • a) Stress
    • b) Anxiety
    • c) Panic attack
  2. Describe how personality and life experiences can affect their own levels of anxiety and ways they cope with this
  3. List the triggers and the potential responses to
    • a) Stress or distress
    • b) Anxiety
    • c) Panic Attack
  4. Outline the ways in which stress can affect an individual in a positive and negative way
  5. Outline the ways in which anxiety can affect an individual
  6. Identify how internal and external factors and demands in daily life may impact on a person’s ability to cope with stress
  7. Outline what a negative thinking cycle is
  8. Describe the different methods a person can use to cope with levels of stress in their daily life
  9. Describe the different methods a person can use their levels of anxiety
  10. Describe positive activities which may support a person to manage their level of stress and anxiety

Understand self-management of stress and anxiety

  1. Describe how to support individuals to continue their interests, social life and community involvement and know why this is important
  2. Explain why it is important for an individual to continue their interests, social life and community involvement
  3. Identify situations which may result in stress and/or anxiety describe how these were overcome
  4. Describe how situations that result in stress can be overcome
  5. Identify situations where fear may be experienced
  6. Describe how to overcome situations where fear may be experienced

Module 3

The principles of mental health awareness

Understand mental health Actions

  1. Define the terms
    • a) mental well-being
    • b) mental health
    • c) mental ill-health
  2. Identify the factors that promote and protect mental health and well-being
  3. Identify the causes of mental health conditions
  4. Describe the biological, psychological and social aspects of a person’s mental health may affect how the condition is identified, triggered and continues
  5. List social, personal and economic effects of mental ill-health

Understand the impact of mental health care provision and how this has changed over time

  1. Define approaches to the prevention of mental health problems
  2. Explain how mental health care has been perceived and approached historically
  3. Explain how mental health care in England has changed over time

Understand the social context of mental illness

  1. Identify attitudes and perceptions to mental health problems (including schizophrenia)
    • a) Socially
    • b) Culturally
    • c) In the media
  2. Explain the stigma, myths and stereotypes associated with mental health
  3. Explain how stereotyping can increase stigma and negative attitudes towards people experiencing mental health problems

Module 4

Understand how to support individual experiencing mental health problems

Understand strategies and self-help techniques to manage mental health problems

  1. Explain the different strategies and self-help techniques an individual experiencing the following conditions could use
    • a) Managing their phobias
    • b) Postnatal depression
    • c) bipolar disorder
    • d) Schizophrenia

Understand how mental health conditions can affect others

  1. Describe the importance of families, carers, friends and social networks for individuals experiencing mental health problems in managing their conditions, including
    • a) an individual with dementia
    • b) an individual experiencing schizophrenia
    • c) an individual bipolar disorder
  2. Outline ways that the following conditions may affect the individual’s friends and family networks when caring for them:
    • a) Anxiety
    • b) Depression
    • c) Postnatal depression
    • d) bipolar disorder  
    • e) schizophrenia
    • f) dementia
    • g) eating disorder
    • h) phobia

Know the medical and non-medical interventions available to support an individual with mental health problems

  1. Identify a range of possible medical and non-medical interventions to support an individual experiencing these conditions
    • a) eating disorders  
    • b) Dementia
    • c) Schizophrenia
    • d) Bipolar disorder
    • e) Phobias
    • f) Depression
    • g) Psychotic depression
    • h) Postnatal depression

Understand the role and availability of support for an individual with mental health problems

  1. Define the role of self, others and support services in
    • a) promoting positive mental
    • b) helping the individual cope with stress
    • c) recovering from an eating disorder
  2. Define local mental health and wellbeing resources and treatments that can support individuals with different mental health conditions including
    • a) anxiety
    • b) a phobia
    • c) depression
    • d) post-natal depression
    • e) bipolar disorder
    • f) schizophrenia
    • g) dementia
    • h) eating disorder
  3. Explain the process to be followed when signposting individuals who experience mental health problems, their families and carers for further help, resources or guidance about mental health problems

Module 5

Understand laws and legislation related to mental health

Understand the legal context of mental health

  1. Identify the legislation relevant to mental health
  2. Describe how legislation affects the care provided

Know the rights of individuals with mental health problems

  1. Explain the rights of people experiencing mental health problems
  2. Describe the rights of a person with under the
    • a) Mental Capacity Act 2005
    • b) Mental Health Act 2007
  3. Explain the protocols regarding consent to treatment or care for individuals who may lack mental capacity
  4. Explain the role of advocacy and how this service may support individuals who are unable to make their own decisions

Understand legal rights and issues around confidentiality

  1. Describe the legal issues around confidentiality and data protection in relation to individuals experiencing mental health problems
  2. Give examples of different situations where confidentiality may need to be breached in order to raise safeguarding issues

Enrolment and Delivery

Please use our enquiry form or contact us by telephone if you have any queries about this qualification or would like to express an interest to enrol onto this course. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions, help to make sure this course is right for you and/or your staff team, and talk you through what is involved in enrolment and course completion.

Upon enrolment, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will assist you through achieving successful and meaningful completion of your award. All of the electronic resources, workbooks and assignments required for you to complete the course will be emailed to you for you to commence working with at a time of your convenience. Your tutor will work with you to set targets and milestones that are achievable for you and will check in with you regularly, providing assistance whenever necessary.

On successful completion of your award, your assessor will coordinate with the awarding body for the issuance of your certificates, which will be promptly delivered to you.

Funding and Pricing

Including Assignment, Workbook and Resources:

The full cost of this qualification is £120 per person which is duly invoiced at the point of enrolment.

* You will need to be registered with the Workforce Development Fund if you wish to claim back costs.
** The claim-back £GBP value quoted above was correct as of 28th March 2022.

Upon completion and certification of this qualification, the certificate(s) for your staff members will be sent to you along with all of the supporting data and information required for you to submit your WDF costs claim. This makes the claims process very simple and straightforward. This service is provided as part of the original service charge. No extra fees will apply.

Funding Availability for Care Employers

This care qualification can be funded by Skills for Care as part of the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It supports the provision of high-quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

Organisations wishing to access the funding must meet the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for WDF. Further details on this can be accessed on the Skills for Care Website here.

Quality Assurance

This Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness is accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual) regulates this qualification, examinations and assessments in England.

Complete Training is an approved registered centre with the OFQUAL regulated awarding organisation ‘I Can Qualify‘ (iCQ). All our qualifications are subject to both internal and external quality assurance processes to ensure we meet all of the awarding body specifications. All course materials are developed to meet the specific outcomes that make up the full qualification.

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