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Learn to Care & Support People Experiencing Mental Illness

Learn about the illnesses and the impacts. Understand the treatment options and techniques used to support individuals.
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Created by Matthew Vose
Last updated 9/2014
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This course is designed to cover a large range of aspects involved with Mental Health Care. The course will be regularly updated with new sections added. It is delivered from the view point of a care worker / provider and will be useful for those wanting to embark on a career in mental health, want to learn more for personal reasons and those who are already working in care but would like to improve there ability to care for clients with mental illness.

"Very good Introduction to Mental Health and its symptoms. Very informative instructor and very supportive of comments made. Extremely friendly, interesting approach to learning and certainly a field I would like to further myself in. I learnt more about myself than anything else on this taster session. Highly recommended." - S. Hamid

"This is the first time I had attended an online training session and would certainly be looking for further sessions it was easy and very informative."- J. Willenhall

Students will be introduced to the causes of mental illness and the various types of illnesses.

We will cover various illnesses such as;

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bi-polar Affective Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders

Students will develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of these conditions and how they may affect people’s day-to-day lives.

You will also gain an insight into how these conditions can be successfully managed and treatment options available.

The course is split into different sections with various support documentation and quizzes. The information is delivered via presentations with audio.

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest of improving their knowledge of mental health including; healthcare workers, those seeking career progression, individuals with a personal experience of mental health and employers who would like to support their staff.

Who is the target audience?
  • People employed in the care sector.
  • People wanting to gain employment in the mental health industry.
  • People with a personal experience of mental health issues.
  • Employers wanting to understand their staff and support them through mental illness.
  • Anybody who wants to improve their awareness of mental health issues.
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What Will I Learn?
You will understand the difference between mental health and mental illness.
You will understand various types of illnesses and there symptoms.
Be able to understand the classification systems used to diagnose mental illnesses.
You will understand the various causes of mental illness.
Be able to understand the impact of the illness on the individual and others.
Be aware of various treatment options.
Be aware of the support networks available.
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  • Students do not need any previous knowledge to benefit from the course.
  • Students will need to be able to view .PDF files to use the supporting materials.
  • Students will need a computer with speakers to view and hear the presentation.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 01:00:56
The Basics
2 Lectures 07:36

Mental Health & Mental Illness

True / False Quiz
8 questions
3 Lectures 27:30
Types of Mental Illness Part 1

Types of Mental Illness Part 2

Test your diagnosis skills on these examples.

Mental Health Illnesses
2 questions
How can it happen and what will it mean?
2 Lectures 09:12

Impact of Mental Illness
What can be done?
2 Lectures 15:20
Treatment Options

Test your knowledge of the various treatment options.

Treatment Options
5 questions

Support Networks
To sum it up!
1 Lecture 01:18
About the Instructor
4.1 Average rating
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2,412 Students
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Mental Health Professional / Trainer

I am a qualified mental health professional and have worked in various settings during my career. I started my career working in secure services supporting people with Schizphrenia, Bi-Polar and Personalilty Disorder. I then began to work with service users with Dementia and progessed down the management route of the private healthcare sector. I have also experienced working in the following settings; substance misuse, accident and emergency, community healthcare and crisis teams.

I now dedicate my time to training others in healthcare and specialise in mental health and dementia. My aim is to assist people to understand the implications and impacts of the illnesses in order to improve knowledge, career prospects and overcome any stigma attached to the illnesses.

I pride myself on presenting the information in a clear manner and drawing on my own personal experience to give people working examples of how care can be improved in the sector.

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