Mental Health Training Course - Study by distance learning for professional development or personal interest

  • Does someone you know and love suffer from a mental health condition?
  • Do you work with people with mental health conditions?

These days, most people will be affected in some way by mental health issues - whether it is themselves, or someone they are close to.

Study Managing Mental Health In Adults -

  • Gain a depth of knowledge about good mental health - what it is, how to develop it, and how to maintain it.
  • Consider specific mental health conditions.
  • Benefit from practical advice for dealing with mental health conditions.

This course is valuable to study by itself, or in combination with other psychology or counselling courses as part of a qualification.


Better understand Mental Illness

Mental illness in adults often goes undiagnosed and untreated, but this does not diminish the impact it has upon individuals, society, workplace productivity; among other things.

The first step toward minimizing mental health problems is to understand them; and in doing so, identify a problem before it gets out of hand.

This course helps both the professional, as well as individuals, to do just that.


Course Structure and Contents

There are 9 lessons in the course:
  1. Introduction to mental health issues
  2. Depression and related conditions
  3. Anxiety, phobias and OCD
  4. Schizophrenia
  5. Antisocial personality disorders
  6. Eating disorders
  7. Dementias
  8. Helping yourself in mental health issues.
  9. Support options and Services for mental health issues.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Course Duration - 100 hours of self paced learning


Course Aims

  • Discuss the nature, scope and impact of mental health on adults of all ages.
  • Explain the different types of depression and the impact of gender on depression.
  • Explain the nature of anxiety and related conditions, and consider possible responses that may be used for these conditions.
  • Explain the nature of schizophrenia and consider the responses that might be taken to such conditions.
  • Explain the scope and nature of antisocial personality disorders, and consider the responses that might be taken to such conditions.
  • Explain the scope and nature of eating disorders in adults, and consider the responses that might be taken to such conditions.
  • Explain the scope and nature of dementia in adults, and consider the responses that might be taken to such conditions.
  • Identify a wide range of self-help options that can be facilitated for sufferers of mental health problems.
  • Identify mental health services and support options available for those with mental health issues. 


Stress Can Effect Mental Health

There are many different ways that negativity and chronic stress can impact upon an individual's psychological well being. People under stress have been observed to show heightened irritability and more negative thinking patterns which can also maintain stress. Some of the long term psychological implications of ongoing stress, grief or trauma may include:

  • Learned helplessness 
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Poor judgement
  • Negativity
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleep disturbances – sleeping too much or disturbed sleep patterns
  • Alcohol, cigarette, or drug use
  • Nervous habits such as nail biting
  • Loss of sex drive.

Long-term stress may also act as a trigger to mental health disorders such as:

  • Mood disorders e.g. chronic depression, bipolar disorders  
  • Anxiety disorders e.g. post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder, panic disorders, phobias
  • Substance abuse disorders.

Burnout is characterised by a feeling of lethargy and disinterest in one's work is also caused by enduring stress. It is a particular problem for health care professionals who are continuously offering support to others. Due to the ongoing stressful nature of their work they can under the influence of the general adaptation syndrome and become physically and mentally exhausted.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is caused when a person is exposed to actual or threatened death or serious injury. Many war veterans have been diagnosed with this condition following their service in war zones. Others who fall victim to this disorder include those who have been sexually assaulted, physically attacked, those injured in accidents or through natural disasters, kidnap victims, those present during home invasions, and so forth. However, it should be pointed out that PTSD only affects a minority of people exposed to these stressful events or situations. 

Those who do develop PTSD have recurring thoughts about the event through flashbacks, nightmares, or constantly replaying the event in their mind. They also become hyper-vigilant ad mistrusting of people or situations which remind them of what happened. In addition they have a high level of physical arousal caused by activity of the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which increases raises their startle response to sights or sounds and increases their heart rate.


Learn More

Would you like to learn more about mental health issues in adults for your own personal interest or professional development? This course can help you to do just that.

Understand more about mental health conditions and how we can support people experiencing difficulties in their mental health.



Just go to the top of this page for pricing and enrolment options

Please get in touch with our specialist Psychology And Counselling tutors if you have any questions

Or, you can phone us on (UK) 01384 442752 or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752