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Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with this course, you can develop the skills you need to help those affected by it. This Mental Health Awareness Course is ideal for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and understanding of mental health principles, and learn useful skills that will benefit their career progression.

With a huge increase in demand for skills in mental health throughout the last few years, this course is ideal if you’re looking for a career change into roles such as Health Care Assistants, Support Workers and Social Workers. So if you want to be at the forefront of the industry and make a real difference to people’s lives, this course is for you! It is also beneficial for those who would like to raise their awareness of mental health for personal reasons. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 or above.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 1

  • Delivery

    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

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This course contains one unit which is split into manageable sections:

Section 1: What is meant by mental health

Learn about the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘mental ill health’, possible causes of mental health problems, examples of mental health problems, and common sources of information on mental health issues.

Section 2: The social and personal effects of mental ill health

Explore the prominence of individuals experiencing mental health problems in the UK, the effects that experiencing a mental problem might have on an individual, how mental health is reported in the media, the negative effects that media reporting can have on an individual, the negative effects that media reporting can have on society, and how stereotyping can affect people with mental health problems.

Section 3: The responses to mental health issues

Discover the rights of people experiencing mental ill health, possible responses that can be made to support an individual with mental health problems, factors which can have an impact on whether a response will work, where to refer people for further help or guidance about mental health issues, and ways to promote positive mental health.

Section 4: Cultural diversity in relation to mental health issues

Explore the possible causes of mental distress in different cultural groups, examples of barriers that may exist for different cultural groups accessing services, ways of overcoming barriers to accessing services, and factors that can help promote positive mental health amongst different cultural groups.


Key topics covered in the unit:


  • The term ‘mental health’
  • The components of what mental health is
  • Characteristics of mental ill health
  • Possible causes of mental health problems
  • Examples of mental ill health
  • Speaking to professionals and others about mental health concerns
  • Mental health statistics
  • The effects of mental ill health
  • Mental health and the media
  • Effects of the media on mental health
  • Mental health and stereotypes
  • Rights, legislation and guidance
  • Promoting positive mental health

Portfolio of Evidence

This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE External Quality Assurance Consultants (EQACs).

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


We do not currently have fee information available for this course. Please contact us for further information.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.

Call 01724 281 111

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details