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Mental Health and Illness

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Mental Health and Illness
  • Free Course

  • OpenLearn

  • 2-3 Hours

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • One in four adults experience some form of mental health problems at some point in their lives. Anxiety, depression and severe mental problems such as schizophrenia affect not only the individuals concerned but also their families and friends. Mental health problems result in reduced quality of life and possibly loss of life. It is therefore important to understand mental distress and the ways it can be treated.

    This free course will help you understand mental health and mental illness, mental health practise and care in the community. It will tackle the issues of stigma and discrimination in mental health, explain why the promotion of mental well-being is important and give a history of institutions and segregation. The course will also focus on the positive impact exercise can have on mental health and psychological well-being.

    This course will be of great interest to professionals in social and health professions, for anyone who has personal experience of mental health problems and anyone with a general interest in this important subject.

  • This course will provide you with a better understanding of mental health and illness. It will teach you effective ways to help a person with a mental illness. It will encourage you to explore new ways to build confidence and self-esteem, while reducing stress to significantly improve health.


    You will learn to understand the role of a social worker in mental health services. This course will provide you with a good example of a community resource centre in action. This will make you more aware of the work carried out in your community today and you will be more aware of discrimination of mental health in the community.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

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