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Diploma in Mental Health Studies – Revised 2017

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Diploma in Mental Health Studies – Revised 2017
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  • Certification
  • Mental health is becoming an increasingly important aspect of health provision in health systems around the world as research shows that one in four adults experience some form of mental health problems during their lifetime. Mental health problems result in reduced quality of life and possibly loss of life, and affect not only the individuals concerned but also their families and friends. It is therefore important to understand mental distress and the ways it can be treated.

    The Diploma in Mental Health course will help you understand mental health and mental illness, as well as mental health practice and care in the community. The course teaches you about the issues of stigma and discrimination, and explains why the promotion of mental well-being is important.

    Next, the course teaches you about suicide and preventative treatment measures, and how to manage violent patients and outlines the complex area of substance abuse. You will learn about the characteristics of normal and abnormal behavioral tendencies, and the range of personality disorders, phobias and neurotic behaviors that can occur along with the associated signs and symptoms. The personal and occupational impact of burnout and depression are discussed along with the causes and identifiable signs and symptoms.

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

  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to:


    • Define what is meant by normal behavior.
    • Describe the range of neurotic and psychotic behavioral tendencies.
    • Identify therapeutic and drug interventions to treat abnormal behaviors.
    • Cite the causes, signs and symptoms of burnout.
    • Identify types and classification of depression.
    • Describe the signs and types of suicide behaviors, and conditions that are likely to cause suicidal thoughts.
    • Identify the most common precipitating factors in violent behavior.
    • Identify the methods used to manage a violent patient who is unarmed or armed.
    • Describe the factors impacting the effect of a particular substance on an individual.
    • Identify long and short-term effects of substance abuse.

  • 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 or Certificate.

    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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