Mental Health Awareness Course

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  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration of 2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

This Mental Health Awareness online training course is an introduction to mental health. You will learn about how poor mental health impacts people’s lives, what you and employers can do to support colleagues with mental health problems and about several specific mental health conditions.

0.8 million workers have suffered work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in 2020-21.

The importance of Mental Health Awareness training

There is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Positive mental health at work helps us cope with changing roles, difficult challenges and stressful situations.

Early intervention is essential when it comes to spotting the signs of mental health condition. Those around us in the workplace are the most likely to spot those signs. However, when a colleague, friend or family member, is diagnosed with a mental health condition, people tend to distance themselves. They want to help but do not know how to. Whereas those who have had Mental Health Awareness training are far more likely to offer help.

Mental Health Awareness training provides the opportunity to identify, understand and support someone who is suffering.

Who is Mental Health Awareness for?

This Mental Health Awareness online training course is suitable for all employees who wish to understand more about mental health conditions and the impact these can have in the workplace. This will allow them to support colleagues and adopt positive mental health strategies in the workplace.

When do I get my Mental Health Awareness certificate?

Example Certificate

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

All of our courses conform to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and have been accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Your certificate will include the CPD logo and therefore, you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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Example Screens from the Mental Health Awareness course

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What does the Mental Health Awareness course cover?

The online training course contains the following 15 topics:

1 – The impact of poor mental health

The first topic is about the impact of poor mental health. You will learn about what tasks can be difficult when mental health is low and some of the more severe outcomes of poor mental health. The topic outlines the cost to UK business, and society in general, of mental health issues. It also identifies the groups of people that are more vulnerable to poor mental health.

2 – Legal and policy issues

The second topic describes the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act and explains how the Equality Act applies to mental health. It outlines the aims of the government’s Thriving at Work report and identifies relevant issues from data protection law.

3 – What to do in an emergency

The third topic defines what constitutes a mental health emergency. It explains what to do if you think you may be in danger and what to do when a person can’t be left alone. It identifies some ways to help a person in an emergency.

4 – What employers can do

Topic 4 identifies features of a healthy workplace. It suggests ways to communicate with someone who is off work due to poor mental health and how to make their return to work easier.

5 – Stress

Topic 5 is about the impact of stress on mental health. You will learn how to reduce your own stress levels and what employers must do about stress in the workplace. The topic identifies 6 aspects of work that impact on stress levels and should be managed by an employer.

6 – Bereavement

Topic 6 is about bereavement. It describes the feelings a person may go through on bereavement and why an organisation should support staff appropriately. The topic offers some dos and don’ts about bereavement.

7 – Depression

Topic 7 outlines symptoms and causes of depression. You will learn about some specific types of depression and how to support people who suffer from depression.

8 – Anxiety

Topic 8 identifies six types of anxiety disorder. It covers possible causes of these disorders and suggests ways you can support people suffering from anxiety.

9 – Bipolar Disorder

Topic 9 explains what bipolar disorder is and what might cause it. It describes typical symptoms during periods of depression and periods of mania. It suggests ways you can support staff with bipolar disorder.

10 – ADHD

Topic 10 describes ADHD and how it can affect adults. It describes possible causes and treatments, and how to help colleagues with ADHD.

11 – Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Topic 11 identifies three mental disorders in the autistic spectrum. You will learn about strengths that are common in a person with autism and also about problems they may face. The topic suggests some ways to support staff who have autism.

12 – Eating disorders

Topic 12 describes three eating disorders. It identifies warning signs and explains what eating disorders mean for employers.

13 – The Highly Sensitive Person

Topic 13 introduces the concept of the highly sensitive person. It identifies positive and negative aspects of the trait and also suggests how to get the best out of HSP staff.

14 – Personality Disorders

Topic 14 describes six personality disorders and discusses causes and treatment for these disorders. The topic identifies things that employers should consider for employees with a personality disorder.

15 – Schizophrenia

The final topic describes schizophrenia. You will learn about side effects of medication and what employers can do to help people with schizophrenia.


Once you have completed all the topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the online training course gives useful feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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