Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Certificate (Online)

Did you know one in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem each year? The most common is mixed anxiety and depression, but there are many other issues which have a huge impact on a person’s life and the people around them.

Anyone who works around people with mental health problems needs to understand each condition fully. Likewise, anyone who has seen someone experience mental health problems would benefit from understanding the meaning, causes, effects, symptoms and management of the condition. This nationally recognised qualification covers all of these aspects and is the perfect place to start.

Who is suitable?

The qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge of mental health problems, the factors that cause mental ill-health and the ways that mental health problems can be managed. The course is also suitable for those who already work in this area, anyone who wants to secure a job linked to mental health and anyone who wants to gain more knowledge for personal reasons.

What you will learn

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 life. You will also gain an understanding of how 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 how 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 how dementia can be managed.

Unit 10: Understanding eating disorders Unit 10 will give you in-depth knowledge of eating disorders, 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 how PTSD can be managed.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Access to our state-of-the-art simulation ward and laboratories through half-termly Masterclasses and Workshops.
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 2 qualification
  • Potential to progress on to further mental health training and/or careers
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • 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.


Career progression within the health and social care sectors will not always be vertical, it may also be horizontal. New ways of working and new roles are constantly evolving to meet the health and social care needs of the population. These new roles provide staff with opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills often described as ‘expanded’ roles. Additionally, this qualification will support individuals looking to retrain and explore employment opportunities in the Health and Social Care Sector.

This qualification supports progression to employment and progression within employment for the following job roles and workers:

  • Mental Health Nurse
  • care assistant or worker
  • personal care assistant
  • adult social care relief team worker
  • night care assistant
  • support worker (supported living)
  • key workers in residential/domiciliary/daycare care settings
  • home care support worker
  • re-enablement worker
  • healthcare support service worker
  • clinical healthcare support worker
  • healthcare assistant
  • mental health outreach/support worker
  • substance misuse worker
  • counsellor
  • health promotion/education worker.


This course will enable you to progress onto a Level 3 in End of Life Care or a Health and Social Care related apprenticeship at Weston College. You may also choose to study another of our specialist Level 2 qualifications in Health and Social.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved our L1 AWARD IN PREPARING TO WORK IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE qualification.

Eligibility for FREE Distance Learning courses:

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/19
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley and the West Midlands.

Please note: An administration fee of £100 will be incurred if you withdraw from the course. For funding reasons you can only enrol on one course at a time.

Course Level

Level 2

Category & Subject Area

Courses for adults Distance Learning



Financial Information

Most people qualify for FREE tuition and material fees due to discounts we offer. Click on the icon(s) below to find out what you’ll need to pay.


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Kevin, Plastering, Diploma Level 1

“I’ve always struggled academically and suffered a number of problems after leaving the army, so it was a huge achievement for me to gain this qualification. Weston College has helped me move on and I can’t thank the staff enough.”

Kevin chose to retrain after leaving the army and being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He says the support and guidance of staff has helped turn his life around and allowed him to start his own plastering business – Getting Plastered – which also raises money for injured army personnel.

What next? Kevin is now working towards the Level 2 Plastering Diploma at Weston College, while continuing to build his business.

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