Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Home study course with study materials, dedicated tutor support and end-point assessments included

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2 months
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Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness (QCF)
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with an understanding and awareness of mental health, common mental health disorders and issues, help reduce stigma and discrimination and encourage people to talk about mental health.

Furthermore, the qualification should provide learners with the ability to apply their knowledge of mental health through recognising and responding to the signs of mental ill health in themselves and others and be able to offer mental health first aid to people experiencing mental ill health.


Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness (QCF)
Awarded by Active IQ
Regulated by Ofqual

Course media


Qualification consists of:

Unit 1 – Mental Health Awareness

  • Defining mental health
  • The mental health continuum
  • Stigma and discrimination in relation to mental ill health
  • Common misconceptions surrounding mental health
  • The role of the media in the portrayal of mental health
  • Key statistical data in relation to mental health
  • Duty of care
  • Main signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders and mental health problems
  • Common treatments and interventions used to manage mental health and mental ill health
  • The main risk factors associated with mental ill health
  • Identify credible sources of information, support and guidance
  • Credible organisations offering support services
  • Appropriate responses that can be made to support someone with mental ill health

Unit 2 – Mental Health First Aid

  • The signs of mental ill health
  • Initial help to a person experiencing mental ill health
  • Appropriate sources of help
  • Escalating situations when a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Promoting good mental health

Who is this course for?

Anyone who is looking to improve their understanding and awareness of mental health, common mental health disorders and issues.



Career path

This qualification provides progression onto:

  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Alcohol Awareness.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Smoking Awareness and Cessation.
  • Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Promoting Community Health and Well-being.

This qualification may also provide progression on to qualifications related to careers in mental health, health and social care, counselling, or psychology.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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