NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Awareness of Mental Health Problems

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Course information:

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness is designed to help you raise your understanding and awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental illness.  This course gives you knowledge of a range of different mental health issues, covering causes of the issues as well as how mental health problems can be managed and treated. At your induction , which we will arrange with you at a mutually convenient date and location you will receive your learning materials  /information pack and assessments papers .

 

The certificate consists of four assessments papers, normally taking up to sixteen weeks to complete.  The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities allow you to practice your skills and test your learning.  Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme.  You must complete the paper based assessments, within the agreed timescales and submit these for marking by our team of qualified tutors. Your tutor will provide feedback, advice and guidance to ensure you can complete the course.  Upon successful completion of both unit assessments you will be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

 

There are no fees for this course as the Fire Brigades Union Learning Centre has secured funding with our Learning Partners. Please ensure that when you enrol on this course you are committed to completing the programme of study within the allocated timescales. Should you not complete the course in full, you may be required to pay a fee to cover registration, administration fees and learning material costs. Funded places are subject to availability and are subject to the terms and conditions of our Further Education Partners.

 

Please see a breakdown below of the units and sections within this course.
Unit 1: Understanding mental health
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the meaning of mental health and mental ill health. You will also explore changes that have taken place in mental health care over time, as well as the social and legal context of mental illness.
This unit contains four sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of mental health and mental ill health
• Section 2: How mental health care has changed over time
• Section 3: The social context of mental illness
• Section 4: The legal context of mental illness.


Unit 2: Understanding stress
The definition of stress, along with its causes and possible effects on those who experience it, are covered in this unit. You will discover how the pressures of everyday life can increase the likelihood of stress and gain an understanding of how stress can be managed.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: Defining stress
• Section 2: Causes of stress
• Section 3: How stress can affect people
• Section 4: How the demands of daily life can contribute to stress
• Section 5: Managing stress.


Unit 3: Understanding anxiety
In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the terms ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic attack’, the potential causes of anxiety and its effects on the individual and others. It will also provide you with an understanding of how individuals’ thinking patterns and behaviour influence their anxiety levels, as well the ways in which anxiety can be managed.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: Understanding the terms ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic attack’
• Section 2: Possible causes of anxiety
• Section 3: The effects of anxiety on the individual and others
• Section 4: How different ways of thinking and behaving affect anxiety
• Section 5: How to manage anxiety.


Unit 4: Understanding phobias
You will build your knowledge of phobias in this unit by learning what exactly a phobia is, including the main types of phobias and examples of them. You will also explore the potential causes of phobias and their effects on the individual and others around them, before covering how phobias can be managed using methods such as self-help and professional treatments.
This unit contains four sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of ‘phobia’
• Section 2: Possible causes of phobias
• Section 3: The effects of phobias on the individual and others
• Section 4: How phobias may be managed.


Unit 5: Understanding depression
This unit will provide you with an understanding of what depression is, as well as its potential causes and effects on the individual who experiences it and those around them. You will find out how the demands of everyday life can contribute to depression and look at approaches towards managing depression.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of ‘depression’
• Section 2: Possible causes of depression
• Section 3: How depression affects the individual and others
• Section 4: How the demands of daily life affect depression
• Section 5: How depression can be managed.


Unit 6: Understanding postnatal depression
The meaning and causes of postnatal depression will be covered in this unit. You will explore the features of puerperal psychosis, the effects that postnatal depression can have on the mother and others, and how preparations for birth can help reduce the likelihood of postnatal depression. This unit will also build your knowledge on the management of both postnatal depression and puerperal psychosis.
This unit contains seven sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘postnatal depression’
• Section 2: The causes of postnatal depression
• Section 3: Understanding puerperal psychosis
• Section 4: The effects of postnatal depression on the mother and others
• Section 5: Preparations for the birth to reduce the risk of postnatal depression
• Section 6: Managing postnatal depression
• Section 7: Managing puerperal psychosis.


Unit 7: Understanding bipolar disorder
The meaning and the causes and effects of bipolar disorder on the individual and others will addressed in this unit. You will uncover how the pressures faced in everyday life can influence the symptoms of bipolar disorder and learn how to identify the symptoms of this condition. You will also find out how bipolar disorder can be managed via techniques such as medical intervention and help from friends and family.
This unit contains six sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘bipolar disorder’
• Section 2: The causes of bipolar disorder
• Section 3: How bipolar disorder can affect the individual and others
• Section 4: How the demands of daily life can influence the symptoms of bipolar disorder
• Section 5: Recognising the symptoms of bipolar disorder
• Section 6: How bipolar disorder may be managed.


Unit 8: Understanding schizophrenia
Throughout this unit, you will develop your understanding of schizophrenia. Not only will you learn how media coverage of schizophrenia can create fear and misunderstanding, but also what causes the condition, its effects on the individual and those around them, and how the condition can be managed, such as through interventions and self-management.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘schizophrenia’
• Section 2: Media coverage of schizophrenia
• Section 3: The causes of schizophrenia
• Section 4: How schizophrenia can affect the individual and others
• Section 5: Managing schizophrenia.


Unit 9: Understanding dementia
This unit will enable you to build your knowledge of dementia, including the possible causes of the condition, the consequences it may have on those who experience it and the ways in which it can be managed. You will also develop an awareness of the negative effects that unconsidered actions or words can have on an individual with dementia.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘dementia’
• Section 2: The causes of dementia
• Section 3: How dementia can affect the individual and others
• Section 4: How dementia may be managed
• Section 5: Factors adversely affecting the individual.


Unit 10: Understanding eating disorders
In this unit, you will find out what is meant by the term ‘eating disorder’ and gain an insight into the possible causes of eating disorders. This unit will cover the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and explore how they can affect the individual’s life and others around them. You will also learn about the different approaches to treating eating disorders, as well as how others can help someone in the recovery process.
This unit contains four sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘eating disorder’
• Section 2: The possible causes of eating disorders
• Section 3: The effects of an eating disorder on the individual and others
• Section 4: How to manage a specific eating disorder.


Unit 11: Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
This unit focuses on ADHD, including who is most likely to be diagnosed with the condition, its possible causes and the ways in which it can affect the individual’s life and the lives of others. You will also find out what the symptoms of ADHD are, as well as how others can help someone with ADHD to manage their condition.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘ADHD’
• Section 2: The possible causes of ADHD
• Section 3: How ADHD affects the individual and others
• Section 4: The symptoms associated with ADHD
• Section 5: How ADHD may be managed.


Unit 12: Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
You will build your knowledge of OCD throughout this unit by exploring the possible causes of the condition, the feelings experienced by someone with OCD and how these affect the individual, and the thoughts and behaviour that are associated with the condition. This unit also covers how someone with OCD can manage their condition and the ways in which others can help them to do so.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘OCD’
• Section 2: The possible causes of OCD
• Section 3: How OCD affects the individual and others
• Section 4: The thoughts and behaviour associated with OCD
• Section 5: How OCD may be managed.


Unit 13: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
In this unit, you will find out the meaning of the term ‘PTSD’ and its possible causes. The feelings of someone who experiences PTSD will also be discussed, along with the effects of the condition on the individual and others. You will discover what the common symptoms of
PTSD are and how someone with PTSD can help themselves to manage their condition, as well as being helped by others.
This unit contains five sections, including:
• Section 1: The meaning of the term ‘PTSD’
• Section 2: The possible causes of PTSD
• Section 3: How PTSD affects the individual and others
• Section 4: The symptoms associated with PTSD
• Section 5: How PTSD may be managed

Course Units:

  1. Understanding mental health
  2. Understanding stress
  3. Understanding anxiety
  4. Understanding phobias
  5. Understanding depression
  6. Understanding post-natal depression
  7. Understanding bipolar disorder
  8. Understanding schizophrenia
  9. Understanding dementia
  10. Understanding eating disorders
  11. Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  12. Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  13. Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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Start date:

Flexible start dates after 27th August 2019

End date:

Last enrolment date 30 March 2020

Duration:

16 Weeks - flexible learning with various start and end dates between August 2019 - March 2020

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