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Certificate in Mental Health Course Guide

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Certificate in Mental Health Course Guide


This course will provide an introduction to the spectrum of mental health, from wellness to illness, and will explore how mental illness can impair an individual’s life. It will include but not be limited to the process of diagnosis, the implications of labelling and stigmatisation and a look at the most widely used approach for understanding the development of mental illnesses and treatment.

This course will provide an introduction to risk and protective factors in the context of mental health, and will include but not be limited to the risks to mental health across different life stages, how stressful life events function as risk factors and an in-depth look at cumulative risk.

This course will provide an in-depth overview of stress, including but not limited to the types of stress and what a stressor is, the various reactions an individual may have towards a stressor such as physical, psychological and behavioural effects, and strategies that may be employed to deal with stress.

This course will explore the steps that can be taken to help support our mental health and enhance or improve our protective factors. It will include but not be limited the holistic approach to mental health and the influence of diet, physical activity, sleep and social relationships, the difference between mental distress and mental illness, key strategies to help others with mental health problems and how to complete a wellness plan.

This course will take a look at mental health in the workplace, including but not limited to the prevalence and risk factors that contribute to mental health related issues within the workplace, and the fundamental risks of poor mental health within the workplace such as absenteeism, low productivity, and stress-related compensation claims.

This course will provide an overview of suicide risk and intervention, including but not limited to the thoughts and emotions behind suicidal behaviour, indicators that a person may display when considering suicide and steps that should be taken when recognising the warning signs, and the importance of empowerment and building rapport in relation to people with suicidal tendencies.

This course will take a close look at the definition and various forms of domestic violence, as well as the identifying factors or warning signs. It will include but not be limited to the harmful effects of domestic violence on mental health, how to help yourself or others who are experiencing domestic violence, and how mental health professionals work with survivors of domestic violence.

This course will explore a variety of core theories that discuss adult development and retirement, including but not limited to key issues with an ageing population, the professionals who are trained to work in aged care and their responsibilities, and the support services currently available.

This course will provide an introduction to some of the most common forms of therapy that a counsellor or psychologist might specialise in, as well as common medications for various mental illnesses. It will include but not be limited to the key premises of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the sequence of Solution Focused Therapy and the common side effects of pharmacological treatments.

This course will provide an overview of some of the ethical issues that arise within the mental health profession, including but not limited to the process of ethical decision making, why a code of ethics is important in mental health work, mandatory vs aspirational ethics and how the needs of a therapist can interfere with the counselling process.

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There are no entry requirements or prerequisites to enrol on this course. You can enrol online directly by clicking on “Enrol Now” and following the prompts.  

Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors – call 01 437 8559 or email

This course costs €499.00 or only €25 per week on a no-deposit, interest-free payment plan. Click here to get started now. 

This course takes approximately 110 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week, but if life gets busy, you can apply for a course extension if you need more time.

This course will build your confidence and skills when relating to people with mental health issues.

Contact a friendly student advisor on 01 437 8559 to learn about potential career outcomes and where our courses could take you. You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

Your course is delivered through our online learning platform, which you can access from any web browser 24/7 to work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the necessary resources at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates; you can start whenever you are ready, and your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 14-day cooling-off period (trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to review all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money-back guarantee*.

A Certificate in Mental Health gives you a greater understanding of the ways in which you might provide recovery support for those affected by mental health issues.

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After enrolling, you’ll receive an 14-day cooling off period (or trial period). If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee*.

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