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4 Simple Steps to Improve Your Mental Health
Apr 21, 2021
Mental health is a vitally important aspect of all of our lives. Unfortunately, it’s quite poorly understood...Read More
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Talking about mental health and working in this growing sector of the healthcare industry are quickly losing the stigma they once had. Previously, those suffering from depression may have been told to ‘Get over it’ or those experiencing anxiety were thought of as ‘highly-strung’ people who just had to ‘calm down’. Fortunately, the world is now understanding the causes of and treatments for mental health ailments in a much more positive way.Read More Read More
As research shows how important mental health is to our overall well-being, Alison is working hard to provide up-to-date, interesting and useful free courses on every aspect of this field. We all have ‘mental health’ because we all think, feel and interact with others. It affects our ability to cope with stress, make good decisions and build resilience. The better your overall mental health, the easier you will find it to work efficiently, contribute to your family or community, manage adversity, harness your talents productively and lead a more fulfilled life.
But what if we need assistance to attain optimal mental health? Or what if we are diagnosed with a mental illness? This blanket term covers disordered thinking, depression, anxiety, severe mood swings, obsessions, compulsions, chemical imbalances and more. Specialized fields are being refined constantly to understand the causes, effects and treatments for these symptoms. The good news is that people with mental illnesses can be helped.
Taking a course in mental health can help you understand your own condition, make you more effective at helping a relative who is struggling or launch you into a career in this sector of the healthcare industry. Mental health professionals can be counsellors in schools, prisons or hospitals; they can work as clinical psychologists in private or public practice; or they can go into pure research to find out more about conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or dementia. In the United States, it is estimated that more than five percent of the population lives with at least one mental illness; in England, about six percent of people are thought to suffer from GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and about four percent from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Pursuing certification in mental health will allow you to make a positive impact on not only your life but the lives of countless others, too.
Being depressed or feeling anxious used to be brushed off as a problem with the person themselves. But today we know that there is much more to depression and anxiety than feeling ‘sad’ or ‘nervous’ and the causes can be many and complex. Symptoms can be mild, or they can be all-consuming and have negative effects on our relationships, ability to work and study, and even lead to suicidal ideation.Read More
Thank goodness that help is at hand. It is vital that anyone suffering from clinical depression or severe and persistent anxiety should speak to their doctor in the first instance. Once medical care has begun, or for people with mild cases, some of Alison’s free courses may provide coping strategies that can lessen the load and allow you to see a glimmer of light. Furthermore, the friends, families and colleagues of the afflicted can get a much better understanding of what the sufferer is going through. Only when we have insight, can we truly help.Read Less View all Depression Courses
As younger people have fewer children and older people live longer, extended families that would once have cared for elderly relatives are in decline. Today, carers are trained in all aspects of modern caregiving. Carers are particularly sought after in areas such as the UK and European Union, where the elderly are looked after in their own homes by carers who ‘live in’. Agencies look for those who have professional certifications connected to dementia care, nursing the frail and dealing with immobile or infirm patients.Read More
‘Caregiving’ involves helping the elderly, infirm or differently abled to bathe, dress, groom themselves and use the bathroom. You will cook meals and feed them, dispense medication, and do light housekeeping to maintain hygiene. The most important tasks are putting a ‘care plan’ in place and providing companionship to people who may be forgettable, frightened or confused. The more you know about the ailments of the people you are looking after – for example, the best routine for a person with dementia – the better you will be at caregiving.Read Less View all Caregiving Courses
Addiction is a disease or psychological disorder where someone repeatedly engages in harmful behaviour. In the case of substance abuse, this is a pattern of using any legal or illegal substance (such as alcohol, inhalants, prescriptions medications and illicit drugs) for mood-altering purposes. Generally, substance abuse can happen as initial experimentation with these substances turns to regular use, which fosters tolerance (where a person needs more to achieve the same effect) and dependency, culminating in addiction. There are many reasons why some can experiment but never become addicts, while others become dependent, including genetics, poor mental health, peer pressure, lack of a support system and the fact that many substances are physically addictive. Alcohol, amphetamines, painkillers and other substances are abused by millions of people every day.Read More
By studying certified courses in substance abuse, you can understand addiction and help those afflicted. Career paths include working as an addiction or chemical dependency counsellor in private or public practice, specializing in treating specific dependencies (such as heroin) and being a substance abuse educator in schools, clinics or prisons. The first step to freeing someone from addiction is learning about it.Read Less View all Substance Abuse Courses
It may be surprising that the US Army would have some of the best courses on mental health and substance abuse. However, serving in the military can lead to extremely stressful experiences and stress is known to be connected to mental illness and addiction. Researchers want to ensure that serving personnel are as mentally and emotionally healthy as they are physically fit, and have shared their online courses with us for you to access for free.Read More
The US Army Medical Department’s personnel are trained to the highest standards, using state-of-the-art, scenario-driven training. You may never enlist in the army or experience combat or a war zone, but you can use their courses to educate yourself about optimal mental health, including how to manage suicidal thoughts and violent behaviour. They also provide useful insights into understanding burnout (‘emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress’) and depression.Read Less
BCcampus is based in British Columbia in Canada and is a strong proponent of ‘open education’, the idea that knowledge, textbooks and teaching materials should be freely available. It means that learning is open to everyone who wants it, not just those who can afford it. In this, BCcampus is the perfect publishing partner to Alison because we also believe in education for all, which is why all our courses are free. To get around the high costs associated with a good education, BCcampus has a collection of textbooks that anyone can use.Read More
Delve into BCcampus’s free online courses on mental health issues such as intellectual disability (ID), which is characterized by difficulties in thinking and understanding, and may result in hyperactivity, impulsivity and restlessness. If you want a career in speech or occupational therapy, it’s important to understand ID. BCcampus also offers courses in community psychology, which looks at the connection between individuals and wider society. You will see how social, cultural, economic and political factors can influence a person’s psychological wellness.Read Less
XSIQ provides courses on psychology, broadly defined as the study of the human mind and our behaviour, including emotions, thought, and conscious and unconscious phenomena. If you want to pursue a career in any aspect of mental health, it is always beneficial to have a solid foundation in the basics of psychology.Read More
XSIQ Ltd was an Australian interactive multimedia corporation set up to develop leading-edge interactive multimedia content for the Australian secondary or high school educational sector. Alison purchased all its multimedia learning assets to make available for free via our free learning website. The courses are very well written and presented and provide excellent complementary learning material.Read Less
A person who is ‘mentally healthy’ is generally in a state of overall emotional and cognitive wellbeing, and is able to cope with the stresses of normal life. They can think, feel and behave in a way that is not harmful to themselves or others.
There are many careers in the field of mental health. Some are supportive rather than medical, such as counselling, caring and providing support in private or public institutions. Others require more advanced knowledge or training such as being a psychologist who can diagnose some mental orders. Even more advanced is psychiatry, in which you are trained to treat mental disorders or illnesses with medication.
On Alison, you can choose any mental health courses that interest you; sign up and start the material – all for free. The beauty of our system is that you don’t have to commit lots of time and money to a long expensive course you might not use or enjoy – you can try several until you find a subject that clicks for you. Once you are sure you’re on the right path, you can opt for certification.
We have courses covering a vast range of subjects connected to mental health and mental illness. For example, you can register to learn more about dementia (or cognitive decline), depression, stress, anxiety or substance abuse. If you want to focus on the maintenance of good mental health, look into free courses on meditation, stress relief or healthy living.