Diploma in Mental Health Studies | 2017 | Alison

Diploma in Mental Health Studies – Revised 2017

Gain mental health awareness and help reduce the stigma of mental illness with this free online course on mental health.

Mental Health
Free Course
This free online Diploma in Mental Health Studies course will help you gain a better understanding of the causes of and treatments for mental health issues. Mental health has become an important aspect of healthcare worldwide, with research showing that one in four adults experience some form of mental health problems during their life. With this course, you will become better informed about mental health issues and their effects on society.





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Having an understanding of mental health and mental illness does not only help the individuals concerned but also their families and friends. With this Diploma in Mental Health course, you will learn about the issues of stigma and discrimination, as well as discuss the importance of the promotion of mental well-being. You will also be able to differentiate people with normal behavior from those with mental distress and identify a range of neurotic and psychotic behavioral tendencies.

A lot of people may keep quiet when it comes to topics about suicide. This should not be the case. Instead, we should all be in the know about preventative treatment measures as well as how to identify the signs, symptoms, and causes of burnout and depression. This mental health study course will not only tackle these issues but also cover the range of personality disorders, phobias, neurotic behaviors, and the complex area of substance abuse.

Having a deeper understanding of what mental health problems may bring is not just for mental health counselors and other professionals in the social and health industry. It is also helpful for anyone who has experienced mental health issues personally and those with a general interest in this health area. By taking this course, you will greatly improve your chances of helping someone (including possibly yourself) deal with serious mental health issues. That is an invaluable thing to learn.

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Module 1: Challenging Ideas in Mental Health

Module 2: Mental Health Practice

Module 3: A History of Mental Health Institutions

Module 4: Exercise and Mental Health

Module 5: Diploma in Mental Health - First Assessment

Module 6: Mental Health Studies - Behavior

Module 7: Mental Health Studies - Burnout and Depression

Module 8: Diploma in Mental Health - Second Assessment

Module 9: Mental Health Studies - Understanding Suicide

Module 10: Mental Health Studies - Violent and Hostile Behavior

Module 11: Mental Health Studies - Substance Abuse

Module 12: Diploma in Mental Health Studies - Third Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

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 enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

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