Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

Ref: C2420451

There is a growing awareness that mental ill-health is something experienced by large numbers of the populace, almost can be said to be common, yet it remains a stigma to admit to having poor well-being. The media seems to talk about mental health only when there has been an incident where a sufferer of, say, schizophrenia lashes out at others with a knife during a psychotic episode. This portrays all sufferers as being unpredictable and can make life, already hard, much harder. Mental ill-health is the disability that can't be seen on the outside and that can make it hard to get the benefits entitled to, though not the scorn some media pour on all benefit claimants. The government is promising to make services for mental health on a par with those for physical health. For those students who might like to work in mental health care, this might be a good time to join a course exploring mental health as a first step to formal qualifications.

Additional information about this course

This course is FREE to adults that receive a benefit. For more information on how to book a place on this course please contact Jackie Warren at Capel Manor Primary School on 01992 764087

Course aim

To provide an introduction to mental health awareness, definitions, explorations and concerns

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explore some of the forms of mental ill-health
  • Achieve some understanding of the causes of mental ill-health and potential consequences for all concerned including family and friends
  • Consider some of the types of drugs and therapies on offer to those suffering from poor mental health
  • Use empathy to gain some understanding, via case studies, of some predicaments faced by those with mental ill-health
  • Understand why stigma stops many people from seeking help

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring pen and paper and a folder to contain your notes and homework.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Introduction to Mental Health Awareness


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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