Mental Health

Course description


Mental Health


Level 2 & 3

Course Aims: 

This eLearning course aims to introduce you to the topic of mental health problems.

It begins by introducing the psychiatric classification system, and explaining its strengths and weaknesses. It then outlines the different categories of mental ill health, and signs and symptoms of each. The course also examines five different frameworks for explaining mental health problems, including the medical model, social model, cognitive behavioural model, psychodynamic model and vulnerability stress model. The course helps you identify indications of mental ill health and examine the impact that mental distress has on the individual and others around them. The module explains the different support and treatment options and also introduces three legislations particularly important when dealing with mental health problems.

Learning Outcomes: 

The learning outcomes for this course are:

  • Identify the two classification systems used to diagnose mental ill health and the strengths and weaknesses of those systems.
  • Define symptoms of the different types of mental illness.
  • Outline the following frameworks for understanding mental distress: the medical model; the social model; the psychoanalytical model; the cognitive behavioural model, the vulnerability-stress model.
  • Outline how mental ill health may be indicated through an individual’s emotions, thinking and behaviour.
  • Identify the impact of mental illness on the individual and their family, social or work networks.
  • Outline the following treatment options: medication; individual and family therapy; crisis interventions; practical support; early Intervention.
  • Identify the benefits of early intervention in promoting an individual’s mental health and well-being.
  • Outline the following legislations: Mental Health Act 2007, NHS and Community Care Act 1990, Mental Capacity Act 2005.