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Rebecca Melone: “Not only is Alison free but you can study from anywhere at anytime.”
Rebecca Melone is an Alison graduate from South Africa. She shares her story of lossRead More
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.
There are many factors that influence Wellbeing and Mental Health including our work environment and how we manage stress levels. If you’re interested in checking in on your Mental Health and Wellbeing today, you can do so by taking our short assessment here.
There are many job options if better mental health is your passion. You can be a counsellor who works in schools, prisons or institutions, or in private practice with families or indviduals. Mental health social workers help the most vulnerable in society cope with the demands of their everyday lives while psychologists and psychiatrists are highly trained and qualified to work on very challenging cases. Your country may have special regulations or tests for you to work as a mental health practitioner that you should check out. In the meantime, you can kickstart your career by signing up for Alison's free mental health courses.
Being depressed used to be brushed off as a problem with the person themselves. But today we know that there is much more to depression than feeling ‘sad’ 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. Thank goodness that help is at hand. It is vital that anyone suffering from clinical depression 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.
As we all get more comfortable talking about mental health issues, so the number of people needing professional help and support will rise. In turn, more educated mental health practitioners will be needed. Alison's free courses provide an entry-level understanding of mental health ailments and how to treat them. You can begin by unlocking how and why people behave in certain ways, and see how useful cognitive behaviourial therapy (CBT) can be. Or what if you could guide others into finding forgiveness and the peace of mind that comes with letting go of the past? Online coaching is a growing industry: you could assist your clients in finding motivation, calming their anxiety and working through stagnation in their lives.
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, prescription 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. These may include 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. 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.
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 especially look for those who have professional certifications connected to dementia care. The most important tasks are putting a ‘care plan’ in place and providing companionship to people who may be forgetful, frightened or confused. The more you know about the best routine for a person with dementia, the better you will be at caregiving.
'Anxiety' is so much more than simply feeling nervous. We all get nervous on occasion but people with anxiety may feel constant dread and fear over everyday situations. This can have physical manifestations like an elevated pulse, fatigue, sweating and panicked breathing. Left untreated, anxiety can have a debilitating effect on a person's ability to work, study or form meaningful relationships. Our free courses will show you what anxiety is and give you ways of treating it so you can help yourself or others. Becoming a professional anxiety coach could be a fulfilling career.
Stress is a fact of life. Even people with plenty of money, healthy relationships and seemingly great lives can still suffer from stress. Tension builds up in your mind and body in response to circumstances that are challenging or demanding, leading to negative emotions like anger and frustration. In order to not let stress get the better of you, take Alison's free courses in understanding and managing stress. All you need to do to keep your stress in order is create your account and enrol at no charge - it's as stress-free as we could make it!
Psychiatrists are concerned with understanding mental health and behaviourial disorders, and how to treat them. Unlike psychologists, qualified, certified and registered psychiatrists can prescribe powerful drugs - like anti-depressants - to help their patients cope with severe ailments and rectify a chemical imbalance in the brain. While our courses won't allow you to do that, they will give you an understanding of everything that goes into psychiatry. If you are considering this challenging but fulfilling field as a possible career, take our free modules to see if it resonates with you. Even if you are simply interested in learning more in order to understand yourself or a loved one better, sign up for a course or two and expand your mind with Alison.
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.