This week includes World Mental Health Day, a day on which attention is drawn to our mental wellbeing and that of others. After the pandemic and the struggles that have come with it, it’s perhaps a more important day than in years past.
To mark World Mental Health Day, we’ve compiled a list of five courses that will help shine a light on mental wellbeing by raising awareness and spreading education on the subject.
These courses range from providing the facts that could lead to preventive strategies, to courses that offer mechanisms for dealing with pre-existing conditions.
Mental health is a broad definition that covers emotional, psychological and social well-being, as well as how we think, feel and behave. Understanding our own mental health and that of those around us greatly improves how we negotiate stress, interact with others and make important choices. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted critical mental health services in many countries worldwide, while the demand for mental health is increasing. This diploma course will provide important knowledge for your own wellbeing and those of others around you.
The pandemic and the resulting economic crisis have negatively affected many people’s mental health. New barriers and challenges for people already suffering from mental illness and substance abuse have been created. Educating ourselves about mental health issues and the many subsequent challenges that arise from them, means we are better equipped to assist our friends, colleagues and families who are struggling. Even a short course like this can result in the knowledge that can prevent a tragedy.
Psychology is the study of the mind and human behaviour. It’s a field of study that looks at how biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors all interact and affect how people think, behave, and feel. With this course, you will gain a richer and deeper understanding of the science of psychology by studying core principles, field research, and clinical findings. By upskilling in this fascinating and evolving science, you’ll gain insights that can help you to help manage and overcome mental distress, as well as being able to help others.
A stressful lifestyle can put people under extreme pressure, to the point that they feel exhausted, empty, burned out, and unable to cope. People often use the terms burnout and depression interchangeably, whereas they have very different causes and treatments. Where depression falls under mental health, burnout is usually related to external factors like work or lifestyle. This course explains the main symptoms of burnout and depression and clarifies what treatment and support is required.
Intellectual disabilities can make communication extremely difficult. Around 1 in 5 people with an intellectual disability also have a mental health disorder, which can often go undiagnosed, untreated or just neglected. Learning how to support individuals with intellectual disabilities with mental illnesses is crucial in making sure that vulnerable people have access to the same care and compassion as everyone else. This course will provide an overview on the appropriate terminology to use and how to support and care for people living with intellectual disabilities.