Understanding Mental Health

NCFE CACHE Level 3 CertificatE

This mental health level 3 qualification aims to provide you with a thorough knowledge and understanding of mental health and well-being.

It will equip you with the skills needed to provide the required support for individuals living with mental ill health. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in mental health, either for their personal life, or professional development.

What you will learn

In this unit your staff will gain an understanding of a range of current mental health legislation and how it has evolved over time. Your employees will study the social consequences of mental health problems and explain how professional approaches and practices have changed.

Within this unit your employees will explore the factors that influence mental health and well-being at specific stages of a person’s life, with consideration given to how the effects of adverse childhood experiences and economic, social and personal factors contribute to overall mental health and well-being. Your employees will also study the current government strategy for supporting mental health in society.

In this unit your employees will gain an understanding of the effects of mental health problems, not only for an individual but also for their families and society. The effects of substance and alcohol misuse and links between these and mental health diagnosis is explored, along with the connections between mental health problems and offending. Your staff will also explore the risk factors associated with suicide and self-harm. Employees will also consider the importance of non-judgemental approaches when dealing with someone who is affected by the associated issues and consequences explored in this unit.

Here your employees will look at a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, eating, mood, personality, sleeping and psychotic disorders, as well as dementia. This unit describes the variety of interventions and treatments available and the effects that these can have. At the end of this unit, your staff will be able to explain the process of producing a person-centred mental health care plan and how the mental health worker can support recovery to those in care.

This final unit addresses the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to those working in mental health services. Your employees will focus on professional standards and codes of practice, and learn how to use reflective practice to identify their own personal development plan – fundamental knowledge for those already working in mental health as well as those looking to work in the sector. This unit also covers the roles of professionals such as occupational therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers and those offering housing and employment advice, with an emphasis on partnership working to improve outcomes for individuals with mental health problems.


  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification
  • Learn in your own time
  • Get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Receive subject-specialist support from a Tutor and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • Fully funded



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