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Introduction to Mental Health Care (Level 2) Course






A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Level 2 in Introduction to Mental Health Care. Whether you’re looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Introduction to Mental Health Care is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for a Introduction to Mental Health Care exam or career through home study. What’s more, because the distance learning Level 2 Introduction to Mental Health Care course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Mental Health Care.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Develop an awareness of behaviour patterns associated with mental health illnesses
  • Identify the symptoms and behaviours associated with a range of mental health problems
  • Create an awareness of methods of managing mental health symptoms
  • Develop a range of skills with which to care for mental health sufferers


How is the course structured? 
The Level 2 award in Introduction to Mental Health Care is divided into six comprehensive modules:

Unit 1: Normal/Abnormal Behaviour

  • Define normal behaviour
  • Identify the characteristics of normal behaviour
  • Identify normal defence mechanisms
  • Define abnormal behaviour
  • Identify the characteristics of normal behaviour
  • Identify therapeutic interventions to treat abnormal behaviour

Unit 2: Burnout, Depression and Suicide

  • Define and identify the causes of burnout
  • Identify the symptoms, and preventive techniques for burnout
  • Identify two major types of depression
  • Identify the signs/symptoms of severe depression
  • Identify the techniques and drugs used for the management of depression
  • Identify circumstances which aid in the identification of potential suicide victims
  • Identify the factors which differentiate a suicide gesture from a suicide attempt
  • Identify the methods of managing a potential suicide victim.

Unit 3: Hostility and Violent Behaviour

  • Identify the most common precipitating factors in violent behaviour
  • Identify the methods used to manage the violent patient who is unarmed
  • Identify the methods used to manage the violent patient who is armed.
  • Identify the uses of restraints for violent patients.

Unit 4: Substance Abuse

  • Identify the signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of opiates
  • Give examples, identify signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of central nervous system depressants
  • Identify examples, signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of central nervous system stimulants
  • Identify signs/symptoms and treatment of cannabinoids
  • Identify examples, signs/symptoms, and treatment for overdose and withdrawal of psychedelics
  • Identify signs/symptoms and treatment for overdose of phencyclidine

Unit 5: Death and Dying

  • Identify the typical reactions of health care personnel towards the terminally ill or injured patient.
  • Identify the stages of adjustment experienced by the terminally ill or injured patient and his significant others.
  • Identify the characteristics of each stage of adjustment experienced by the terminally ill patient and his significant others.
  • Identify the management techniques used to help the terminally ill and their significant others cope with death and dying.
  • Identify the methods used by the medical staff to help patients cope with death and dying.

Unit 6: Sexual Assault

  • Identify the responsibilities and actions necessary by carers when dealing with alleged sexual assault.
  • Identify evidence control procedures.
  • Identify recording principles

Home Study Tutor Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete Introduction to Mental Health Care course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What’s more, you’ll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Course Assessments

The Introduction to Mental Health Care courseis marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

We send the full course out, you then read through the course in your own time and complete the assignments which you send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments. However, one sentence answers will be rejected and you will have to re-submit it for marking.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by the national awarding organisation NCFE, as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

What’s Included? What do I get when I enrol?

Your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Introduction to Mental Health Carehome study course and earn your award:

1. All textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning
2. A full range of student services, including:

  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • Comprehensive Study Guide & Study Plan
  • Guide to Effective Study Techniques
  • How to approach exams without fear

3. An accredited award upon successful course completion directly from the awarding body NCFE
4. One year’s educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students


The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Mental Health Care and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.


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