Awareness of Mental Health Problems - Strive Training
Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Develop mental health awareness. An understanding of mental health problems is an increasingly in-demand asset. Reassure your potential or current employer with your knowledge of common mental health problems and available interventions.

Nationally Accredited

100% free

Takes on average 5 - 10 weeks

Engaging Online Learning

Expert 1-to-1 support

Level 2 qualification

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Course Description

UK employers, particularly in the health and social care sector, are increasingly interested in their staff having a thorough understanding of mental health problems. This qualification aims to raise your awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems. You will gain an understanding of prevalent mental health problems and how you can then work with or interact with individuals with them.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Understand the importance of mental health and be confident in speaking with others in regards to their mental well being
    • Identify and understand a range of mental health problems and their causes
    • Appropriately handle upset customers and know how best to resolve complaints
    • Understand the impact mental health problems can have on individuals and those around them
    • Know how to effectively manage mental health problems and where to find local resources to support treatment

Course Length: This course can typically be completed within 5 – 10 weeks, depending on your time availability.

If you spend this much time per week… Then you’ll complete your qualification in…
24 hours 5 weeks
15 hours 8 weeks
12 hours 10 weeks
10 hours 12 weeks

We have course work submission milestones in place to ensure you’re on track to complete your qualification within a maximum 12 weeks.

Free Course for: Anyone who is unemployed and aged 19 or over who has been living in the European Union for the last 3 years

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems (RQF)

Certified Awarding Body: TQUK

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How home-based learning works

After an initial digital assessment, you will receive access to the digital course, which is full of engaging and comprehensive content such as videos, quizzes, and more. You will be paired with a qualified assessor who will provide you with ongoing, friendly support. You'll then complete an online assessment in order to receive your qualification.

Jobs that this qualification can lead to:
  • Mental Health Nurse
Course Content
  • Unit 1: Understanding mental health

You’ll begin the course by understanding the concept of mental health and its impact. In this unit, you’ll explore the components of mental well-being, identify examples of mental health problems, and develop an understanding of how mental health care has changed with the move towards community care. Additionally, you’ll examine social and cultural attitudes towards mental health and study relevant legislation in relation to mental illness.

  • Unit 2: Understanding stress

Throughout this unit, you’ll explore the possible causes of stress and its impact on mental health. You’ll develop an appreciation and understanding of what stress feels like and the different ways that stress can manifest itself. Plus, you’ll learn how stress can be effectively managed and discover some of the resources available to help individuals experiencing stress.

  • Unit 3: Understanding anxiety

In this unit, you’ll develop an understanding of anxiety and its causes. You’ll learn what anxiety feels like and the different symptoms those suffering from anxiety might experience. You’ll also gain an understanding of ways in which anxiety can be managed and treated, as well as the role of family and friends in helping to reduce anxiety.

  • Unit 4: Understanding phobias

During this unit, you’ll study the two main groups of phobias, what causes them, and what it feels like to experience one. You’ll understand how specific phobias can prevent people from leading a normal life, as well how a person’s phobia may affect their family and friends. In addition, you’ll explore different ways that phobias can be managed and treated.

  • Unit 5: Understanding depression

This unit will explore the various causes and effects of depression. You’ll develop an understanding of what depression feels like and how it affects individuals, as well as their friends and family. You’ll also explore how the demands of daily life may contribute towards maintaining depression and understand the ways that depression can be managed.

  • Unit 6: Understanding postnatal depression

In this unit, you’ll develop an understanding of post-natal depression, its possible causes, and what it feels like to experience. You’ll look at the difference between ‘baby blues’ and ‘postnatal depression’, as well as what’s meant by ‘puerperal psychosis.’ You’ll also learn how preparing for the birth can help reduce the risk of post-natal depression and explore possible treatment methods.

  • Unit 7: Understanding bipolar disorder

In this unit, you’ll gain an understanding of bipolar disorder, including its possible causes and its effect on individuals. You’ll learn how to recognise the symptoms of bipolar order and understand how the stresses of everyday life can exacerbate these. Plus, you’ll uncover ways in which individuals with bipolar disorder can manage their illness and the local resources available to support them in this effort.

  • Unit 8: Understanding schizophrenia

This unit will explore the causes and effects of schizophrenia. You’ll develop an appreciation of what schizophrenia feels like and how media representation often leads to fear and confusion with regard to this illness. You’ll explore the effect of schizophrenia on individuals, their lives, and their relationships with family and friends. Additionally, you’ll look at ways in which individuals can manage their illness and how family and friends can provide support

  • Unit 9: Understanding dementia

During this unit, you’ll learn about the common types of dementia, possible causes, and what it feels like to experience. You’ll understand how dementia may affect an individual, as well as their friends and family, and explore possible interventions for dementia. Additionally, you’ll look at how people with dementia might be adversely affected by unconsidered actions or words.

  • Unit 11: Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

During this unit, you’ll explore the causes and effects of ADHD. You’ll learn about the different types of ADHD, common symptoms and how it affects an individual’s understanding. Plus, you’ll study different treatment methods and ways of managing ADHD.

  • Unit 12: Understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

This unit will provide you with an understanding of OCD, its causes, symptoms and treatment options. You’ll learn what it’s like to experience OCD, as well as the effect it can have on individuals and their families and friends. You’ll then look at the different ways that OCD can effectively be managed.

  • Unit 13: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The final unit will help gain an in-depth understanding of PTSD, including its many causes and the impact it has on individuals and those around them. You’ll study the symptoms of PTSD and develop an appreciation of what it feels like to experience. Finally, you’ll explore the different ways that PTSD can be treated and managed.

Are you eligible to complete this qualification for free?

This qualification is 100% government funded if:

  • You were born before the 31st August 2002
  • You must currently live in England. However, anyone living in the following areas is not eligible for funding: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England
  • You have lived in the European Union for the last 3 years (unless you have have been given a special Visa/Residence permits that gives you the permanent right to remain)
  • Are Unemployed and can provide evidence (Subject to eligibility)
  • Can provide Identifications and relevant documentation as required
  • If on the 31st of August 2020, you were aged between 19-23, you need to have gained a full level 2 qualification (e.g. five or more GCSE/O-Levels at grades A* – C / 4 – 9, one A-Level, two/three AS-Levels, five or more CSE grade 1’s, GNVQ Intermediate, QCF Diploma Level 2)
Our Home Learning courses take place from the comfort of your home! You can be enrolled on our courses whenever you are ready, and start when you’re ready.
Yes, the main advantage of doing our Home Learning course is that allows you to be flexible to choose the times that suits you to learn. Each course will have a planed date to complete, with plenty of time to work through the units to gain the qualification.
The amount of time that you dedicate to the course is entirely flexible. Depending on the qualification, someone dedicating 15 hours of learning a week can complete their qualification within eight weeks.
All our courses are free for those who are employed and unemployed, subject to eligibility.
We are adding the ability to enroll yourself very soon, but in the meantime, please fill out the form on this page - and someone from the team will get in touch with you within a day.
No, you don’t need to attend our training center for any of our Home Learning courses. (Note that under normal circumstances we deliver various classroom-based courses from our training centers in Croydon, Harrow and Tottenham - learn more at
Yes, anyone who is employed or unemployed can enroll on any of our courses, subject to eligibility.
No, you can start when you are ready and enroll when you are ready.
You can enroll on one course at a time, but you can do as many as you like to achieve your career goals. We are happy to give you information, advice and guidance on any courses you wish to complete.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognized certification on achievement.
All our Home Learning courses are assignment based, you will need to complete assignments for each of the units of the qualifications and submit them to your assessor.
Your assessor will be available to support you through email or our messaging system and provide feedback on all your assignments you submit.
Yes, you will be provided with regular progress updates.
Yes, there are further courses that will become available in due course, we will be keeping our website updated regularly, but if you would like to be notified please email us at
We continually try to make learning simple and transparent. Learning through our online platform is incredibly easy and you can navigate around your qualification quickly and access all the learning materials as soon as you login. Your studying should be about what you learn, not how you learn it. Which is why we make the entire process as simple as possible to help you adjust to learning online.
The general certification process is a minimum of 12 weeks. Due to the pandemic, the Awarding Bodies service has been impacted which can cause a delay. We are working hard to distribute all the certificates that we have received in a timely manner and we will send a text as soon as the certificates are ready. For all queries regarding certification please email us on When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.
Next Steps

Simply complete the short form on the right. You'll then immediately be able to complete your Fast-Track online registration.

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