The course will introduce learners to the most common mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and eating disorders. The course will explore the wide range of factors that influence mental health and how we can put this into practice to promote good mental health.
Using evidence from research studies and real life case studies the course will cover the following topics:
- Mental health disorders and their symptoms - including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
- Causes and risk factors for developing a mental health disorder
- Diagnosis - current diagnostic tools and their strengths/weaknesses.
- Treatments - how do they work and how can they be improved?
- Providing care and support for individuals with mental health disorders.
- Mental Wellbeing. By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe the factors that affect mental health.
- Identify a range of different mental health disorders and explain the associated symptoms.
- Identify a range of different eating disorders and explain the associated symptoms.
- Explain the link between food and emotions in eating disorders.
- Identify the positive outcomes of effective communication between carers and individuals with mental health problems.
- Explain how a mental health professional would assess, diagnose and treat these disorders.
- Identify techniques/actions that help promote mental wellbeing and explain how they can be useful.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but a basic level of numeracy and literacy is required.
There are no specific skills required for this course.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded the Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Dementia Awareness.
Progress on this course will be assessed through group discussion, observation, peer and lecturer feedback, informal quizzes, presentation and marked written work. Students will create a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and also externally via the awarding body.
Homework is essential and students will benefit from undertaking home study of 1 to 2 hours per week.
Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.
Students can progress onto other related courses including Dementia Awareness and Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care.
Fees and Additional Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this course.