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It is estimated that one in four adults experience some form of mental health problems during their lifetime. Therefore, mental health is becoming an increasingly important aspect of health provision in health systems around the world. The Alison Learning Path in Mental Health will help you understand mental health and mental illness, as well as mental health practice and care in the community. The Alison Learning Path in Mental Health is a sequence of courses that describe a range of personality disorders, phobias and neurotic behaviours together with the associated signs and symptoms. The personal and occupational impact of burnout and depression are reviewed along with the causes and identifiable signs and symptoms. Suicide and preventative treatment measures, managing violent patients and the complex area of substance abuse are also covered.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Mental Health and Illness

    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.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Mental Health Studies - Understanding Behaviour, Burnout and Depression

    Mental Health wellness is essential to ensuring homeostasis and equilibrium of body and mind, so individuals can enjoy sustainable health and wellness free from disease and disorders.

    Our globalised world and highly technological environments have created many challenges and complexities that adversely impact health and wellness levels in our daily lives. These developments have generated an increased awareness of the vital importance of mental as well as physical healthcare in our professional and personal life to cope and adapt to new and constantly changing personal, social and societal dynamics.

    This free online mental health studies course provides an understanding of the types of Human Behaviour and the effects of Burnout and Depression on the individual’s mental health and wellness. The learner is introduced to the defining characteristics of normal and abnormal behavioural tendencies. The range of personality disorders, phobias and neurotic behaviours are discussed together 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. Preventative techniques through lifestyle adjustments, medication and selected therapeutic intervention are outlined.

    This free online mental health studies course will be of great interest to healthcare professionals who would like a greater understanding of mental health issues, and to those learners who would like to enhance their knowledge and understanding of diverse human behaviour traits, along with the impact of burnout and depression on the patient’s health and wellness.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Mental Health Studies - Suicide, Violent Behavior and Substance Abuse

    Care for mental health is becoming an increasingly important aspect of health provision in health systems around the world.

    In this free online course the learner is introduced to areas of mental health where the activities, actions or habits of patients endanger their health, welfare and often impact the environment and society they are part of. The course introduces the learner to suicide and preventative treatment measures, how to manage violent patients and outlines the complex area of substance abuse.

    This free online learning course will be of great interest to healthcare professionals or those interested in the field of mental health, counselling, psychotherapy, therapeutics and other related areas of healthcare.

    3-4 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Caregiving Skills - Dementia Care

    The free online course Caregiving Skills - Dementia Care is designed to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective care to clients who have been diagnosed with dementia. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47.5 million and is projected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030. If you are formally employed in the caregiving industry, or simply provide care to an elderly relative or loved one, you will more than likely encounter dementia at some stage during your duties. This course will help you develop the physical and mental skills needed to provide care to clients who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate or even severe dementia. The course begins by helping you understand what exactly is meant by dementia. You will examine the various forms of dementia that exist and study their symptoms, causes, and how they affect the lives of those who must live with them. You will then examine Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia that you are likely to encounter as a caregiver. The course then proceeds to introduce you to a range of skills that will help you provide effective care to clients with dementia. You will study effective non-verbal and verbal techniques of communicating with clients with dementia. You will also examine common problematic behaviour traits that clients with dementia can exhibit and study the most efficient ways to prevent them. Finally, you will examine the importance that activities play in effective care of clients with dementia. You will learn how to plan and implement activities for clients with mild, moderate or severe dementia in order to cognitively and socially engage them. The course will be of great interest to professionals working as caregivers and who wish to ensure that that their skills are kept to a high standard, or those who provide care to a loved one or relative with dementia.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Mental Health Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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