Mental Health Awareness Online Certificate Course

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Study Mental Health Awareness Online Course and Understand Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Online Course explains the difference between mental health and mental illness. It covers the symptoms of a number of the most common mental illnesses so you will know what to look out for or what to expect if you are working with someone with one of these conditions as well as providing some practical advice on how you can work effectively with those affected by these conditions.

People often equate the words mental health with mental illness and there are many definitions of what mental health actually is. Mental health issues can happen to anyone despite social background, intelligence, gender or other factors.

What you will learn with our Mental Health Awareness Online Course

  • Introduction to Mental Health Awareness
  • Characterizing Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders and Depression
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm and Suicide
  • Therapy
  • The Role of Medication
  • Psychiatric Treatment Facilities
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Barriers to Care
  • Organizations
  • Careers in Mental Health 

Mental Health Awareness Online Course - Requirements

The Mental Health Awareness Online Course is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Mental Health Awareness Online Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Mental Health Awareness Online Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

There is a significant distinction between mental health and mental disease, contrary to common opinion. Clinically, they don't have the same definitions. Emotional, social, and psychological well-being are all terms used to describe mental health. At any one time, it's a state that occurs in every individual, whether good or bad. Poor mental health, on the other hand, can either cause or result in mental disease.

Mental Illness

A wide spectrum of mental diseases that have a significant influence on an individual's emotional and cognitive behavior are referred to as mental illness. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic class, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity, can be diagnosed with it.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood and personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

History of Mental Illness in America

Treatment for mental sickness and illness may be dated back to the early 1800s in America. Those with mental illnesses were moved to medical centers that resembled penitentiary facilities in certain ways. In other cases, they were tortured to the point of ostracizing them, and they were even subjected to horrific torture. During the 1930s, America experienced a progressive shift in society's perception of psychological well-being.

Changing Ideas

The attitudes and ideas of society concerning mental health and mental disease are always evolving. There has been a significant increase in awareness and acceptance of such conditions and diagnosed persons. Similarly, therapies have evolved. Mentally sick people have been treated badly for generations. Disorders were sometimes identified as demonic possessions, and they were treated using unusual ways that often resulted in severe treatment and the patient's death.         

Modern Care

In today's world, persons diagnosed with mental illness have a choice of treatment alternatives. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all therapy strategy. Instead, treatment should be given after the patient has determined which one is most beneficial to him or her. Depending on the type of mental disease and the patient's specific preferences, a variety of therapies may be utilized.

Self-Care

In the United States, the self-care movement is gaining traction. It is a part of self-care to recognize the harm that is created by merely working, caring for others, or attending to other responsibilities.

Module 2: Characterizing Mental Illness

After that, we'll talk about diagnosing mental illness and how it's defined throughout treatment in this section of the course. Various diagnostic criteria and treatment standards will be reviewed as part of this process.

The DSM-5

A guidebook frequently used to diagnose mental health issues in the United States by psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the DSM, which was originally published in 1952. The DSM-5, the most recent version, was released in 2013.

ICD Standard

Medical experts all around the globe utilize the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a diagnostic tool. In the United States, however, mental health experts are less likely to employ it. It establishes a diagnostic code system for categorizing disorders. The World Health Organization owns, develops, and publishes these codes. Despite the fact that the ICD-11 has been accessible since 2018, the ICD-10 is the most widely utilized edition of the ICD.

Using the DSM-5

The DSM-5 can be used by a doctor to determine a patient's main disorder. The diagnostic classification, which is the official list of recognized mental illnesses, is one component of the DSM-5. Institutions, agencies, and individual providers often utilize a diagnostic code for billing and data gathering reasons for each diagnosis. The diagnostic criteria for each of the illnesses specified in the diagnostic categorization are unique.

Benefits of the DSM-5

The DSM-5 has the advantage of providing standards for mental disease communication and diagnosis. This allows various mental health providers to collaborate more efficiently in order to better treat a client. Another advantage of the DSM-5 is that it establishes diagnostic checklists, ensuring that different groups of researchers are all investigating the same condition. Therapists can utilize the outcomes of these studies to better treat their clients because of the uniformity in research.

Statistics

Around 20.6 percent of individuals in the United States suffer from some sort of mental disease, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This equated to around 51.5 million people in 2019. A mental disorder affects 49.5 percent of American teenagers (ages 13 to 18). Making care accessible and adapting treatment regimens for a variety of ages is critical in this situation.

Module 3: Anxiety Disorders and Depression

Anxiety disorders and depression will be discussed in Module 3. This will include a discussion of how they appear in the majority of patients, as well as the therapy approaches that are commonly employed to treat these diseases.

Anxiety Disorders

It's quite natural to have anxiousness on sometimes. When confronted with a stressful or severe event, most individuals feel apprehensive, but anxiety disorders are distinct from the common anxiety. Anxiety disorders are a category of mental conditions that cause anxiety and fear to be continual, excessive, and chronic. Anxiety experienced by someone with an anxiety disorder, unlike normal anxiety, is persistent and typically increases with time.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Excessive, persistent anxiety and concern over regular activities, events, and circumstances are symptoms of this disease. It is possible that a person's capacity to operate in ordinary life would be harmed as a result of this exaggerated worry.

Secondary Anxiety Disorders

Some medical illnesses have symptoms that are remarkably similar to those experienced by people who suffer from anxiety. An anxiety disorder owing to another medical disease occurs when sensations of dread and worry are the direct result of a medical illness.

Panic Disorder

Panic episodes are regular and unpredictable in people with panic disorder. It is common to have abrupt moments of extreme physical and psychological anguish that peak within minutes of commencement. Panic episodes might be unexpected or prompted by a dreaded item, for example. Panic episodes are frequently feared by people with panic disorder. In different aspects of a person's life, worrying about when their next attack will occur and avoiding circumstances that they connect with panic attacks produces severe damage.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Significant anxiety, discomfort, and dread of being embarrassed, rejected, or humiliated in social situations are all symptoms of this illness. Those who suffer from social anxiety disorder are self-conscious and concerned that their actions or behaviors will be judged by others, leading them to avoid social settings or endure them with extreme anxiety.

Selective Mutism

Despite possessing normal language abilities, this anxiety-related illness develops when a person is unable to communicate in particular situations. Selective mutism generally manifests itself in childhood but can also manifest itself in maturity.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety disorder may affect people of all ages, despite the fact that it is commonly considered of as a childhood condition. This disorder causes a person to have a lot of worry or anxiety over being away from those they care about.

Agoraphobia

Agonists are terrified of being in a scenario that may drive them to panic, where escaping will be difficult and embarrassing, and where aid will be scarce. This worry is unrelated to the circumstance, lasts six months or more, and interferes with regular everyday activities.

Specific Phobias

One of the most common types of particular phobias is a continuous dread of something illogical that provides no real harm to the sufferer. This is such a strong dread that some individuals may go to great efforts to escape what they are afraid of.

Treating Anxiety Disorders

The next step in treating an anxiety condition should be to work with a mental health clinician and determine the appropriate treatment for them after seeing a doctor to rule out physical concerns that might be producing symptoms. Anxiety disorders are generally treated with a mix of psychotherapy and medication.

What is Depression?

Depression is a significant mental illness that affects many people. It generates significant mental and physical symptoms that have a negative impact on one's thinking, feeling, and acting. At least two weeks of these symptoms are present, and they generally affect a person's ability to function both at home and at work.

How Depression is Diagnosed

It is advised that all of your patients be screened for depression on a regular basis. An annual wellness visit, a chronic disease checkup, or a pregnancy or postpartum visit are all good times for this examination. Patients who display depressive symptoms might have their doctor perform a physical check, ask questions about their health, and run blood testing. Depression symptoms can also be triggered by an underlying health disease, such as thyroid difficulties.

Types of Depression

The standard depression diagnosis of major depressive disorder can cause a range of symptoms in people.

  • Melancholic features
  • Anxious distress
  • Catatonia
  • Atypical features
  • Psychotic features

Related Conditions

A person's chances of having clinical depression are increased if they have one or more medical disorders, particularly severe ones. Depression reduces a person's capacity to follow medical regimens due to the misery and impairment of function it produces, putting them at a disadvantage in the treatment of other medical disorders. For a variety of causes, depression and medical disease can coexist. A person's medical condition may contribute physiologically to their depression in some situations. In other circumstances, a person's depression may be the result of their psychological reaction to their medical condition or treatment's prognosis, discomfort, and/or disability.

Module 4: Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Welcome to the psychosis and schizophrenia section on this site. We'll start by talking about the distinctions between the two, then go on to how they're commonly handled.

Definition of Psychosis

Psychosis is a term used to describe a variety of mental diseases in which a person loses contact with reality. This is known as a psychotic episode when someone becomes unwell in this way. During psychosis, a person's beliefs and perceptions are altered, and they may be unable to tell the difference between what is true and what is not. Hallucinations and delusions are hallmarks of psychosis. Other symptoms include nonsensical or meaningless words, as well as improper conduct for the circumstance.

Definition of Schizophrenia

Schizoaffective disease (schizophrenia) is a serious mental illness that impairs one's ability to act, feel, and think. The individual, their family, and friends may appear to have lost touch with reality while they are suffering from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia symptoms can be severe and devastating if they are not treated appropriately. Treatments are still available, and they are successful. When therapy is delivered in a consistent, systematic, and timely manner for affected people, it can help them engage in employment or school, acquire independence, and enjoy relationships.

Differences

Psychiatric symptoms are prevalent in patients with schizophrenia, as well as various additional symptoms. Psychotic patients, on the other hand, are not invariably diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Diagnostic Methods: Psychosis

To establish if you have a psychotic disorder, doctors will take a medical and mental history and may do physical examinations. MRI scans and blood tests are sometimes used by doctors to rule out medical ailments or the usage of substances like LSD or cocaine.

Diagnostic Methods: Schizophrenia

To be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a person must fulfill the criteria stated in the DSM–5. To satisfy the requirements, at least two significant symptoms must be experienced often during a 30-day period.

Treatment Methods: Psychosis

The majority of psychotic illnesses are treated with a combination of psychotherapy (a sort of counseling) and drugs. Individual, group, and family therapy are all forms of psychotherapy that can help someone who is suffering from a mental illness. Antipsychotics are also often administered. Although not a cure, antipsychotics are tremendously effective with the most severe symptoms. Because newer atypical antipsychotics have less side effects than previous formulations, they are often recommended.

Treatment Methods: Schizophrenia

Despite the fact that the symptoms are not more obvious, schizophrenia is such a distressing mental disorder that the patient must seek therapy throughout their lives. This serious condition is generally managed with psychosocial counseling and medicines. In certain cases, hospitalization may be necessary. A psychiatrist with experience treating schizophrenia is generally in charge of treatment. To aid in providing appropriate care and support, a psychiatric nurse, psychologist, case manager, and even a social worker might be part of the treatment team created.

Module 5: Self-Harm and Suicide

The topic of self-harm is covered in this section of the course, including probable reasons, warning signals, and therapeutic options. Suicide and prevention will also be discussed.

Defining Self-Harm

Simply put, self-harm happens when someone purposely damage themselves. Teenagers and young adults are prone to this tendency. Self-harm can take several forms, the most frequent of which is slashing the skin with a sharp tool. Self-harm, on the other hand, is not restricted to cutting; it can include any action that causes purposeful hurt to oneself. In order to deal with emotional anguish and/or other mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other similar issues, self-harm is sometimes used as a coping method.

Causes of Self-Harm

Socioeconomic position is frequently associated to self-harm and suicide. According to statistics, young individuals from low-income homes are more prone to acquire self-harming practices. People from specific backgrounds, as previously stated, may be statistically more prone to use self-harm coping techniques. This is especially true for those from low socioeconomic origins and LGBTQIA+ kids who are more likely to establish these behaviours.

Warning Signs

Self-harmers are often seen as doing it just to get attention from their peers or family members. Despite the fact that this may be true for some persons who participate in this conduct, it isn't always so. Even if self-harm is performed in order to gain attention, its value and risk should not be overlooked. Feelings of neglect, worthlessness, and the urge to make oneself visible to others are still common causes.

Treatment Options

Self-harm treatment may be a long and complicated procedure with numerous phases. The most difficult and crucial step is without a doubt getting assistance. Following the decision to seek assistance, the person can find it in a variety of settings, including official and informal settings. A therapist's discussion of the core reasons of self-harm can provide relief and assistance for many people. Some professionals that specialize in self-harm can assist you in addressing the underlying reasons of this harmful practice.

Defining Suicide

Suicide, or the deliberate taking of one's life with the goal to die, is a global mental health epidemic that is still ongoing. It is one among the top 10 major causes of mortality in the United States, for example, across all demographics. Despite its importance, suicide rates vary greatly among populations. Serious (often untreated) mental health difficulties, such as extended depression episodes, are frequently linked to it.

Warning Signs

There's no way to know if someone is actively thinking about or planning suicide unless they speak it explicitly, just as there is with self-harm. In front of their family and friends, many people will put on a pleasant front while internally suffering in silence.

Treatment Methods

Suicide can be caused by a variety of circumstances; thus, therapy differs appropriately. Different tactics and strategies can be used by healthcare providers who treat people with a history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy, which treats depression and/or anxiety, is one of the most effective approaches to prevent suicide thoughts. Both of these disorders are linked to an increased risk of suicide.

Seeking Help

With increasing suicide awareness, persons who are ready to deal with suicidal thoughts have a variety of choices. Primary healthcare professionals, in addition to specialist doctors, play an important role in diagnosing and treating early warning symptoms of suicide. People considering suicide can call a variety of hotlines that can link them with a qualified counselor, in addition to seeking professional support from doctors. Suicide prevention hotlines are available for local locations and even for specific groups, such as ethnic minorities or LGBTQIA+ youngsters.

Module 6: Therapy

This portion of the course examines the many forms of therapy offered to people seeking mental health care. Matching patients with the correct care plan can be critical for obtaining great outcomes, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy.

Therapy for Adults

Adults endure a variety of challenges in their lives, including work, family troubles, and relationship difficulties. A person may feel nervous, unhappy, overwhelmed, puzzled, or out of sorts as a result of these difficulties. Stress, insomnia, and sadness are all common side effects of these situations. When someone's problems start to pile up and get more serious, it's time to seek expert help.

Selecting a Field

In order to narrow down your options as an aspiring mental health practitioner, if you're not sure which sort of treatment would be ideal for your talents, now is a good time to do some study. Alternatively, you might be able to observe others in order to have a deeper knowledge of each sort of care provided. If you're seeking as a patient, you can try different mental health specialists by scheduling appointments with them. Once you've determined the sort of therapist you'll need, pick one with whom you're most at ease; after all, this is the person with whom you'll be sharing some of your most intimate difficulties.

Therapy for Children

Parents may seek treatment for their children for a variety of reasons. Sibling rivalry and family strife are two examples.

Art Therapy

As a medium, this is a fantastic way for youngsters to deal with tough emotions and express their sentiments. While helping to relieve anxiety and tension, this sort of therapy allows young people to process situations they have personally encountered while also reducing anxiety and stress.

Music Therapy

Another type of treatment is music therapy, which uses age-appropriate music to assist children and adolescents attain their full potential. It's frequently useful in assisting a child's relaxation. It can also assist them in getting a better night's sleep and coping with their surroundings in some ways. Singing, songwriting, playing instruments, listening to music, and relaxing are all examples of music therapy. Improvisation and group sessions are also possible.

Dance Therapy

Through movement and dance, this sort of therapy gives a physical outlet for youngsters with emotional concerns. Light exercise may be included in the process. It aids in the development of muscular coordination and movement. Dance therapy may assist increase self-confidence and self-awareness, as well as providing an avenue for a youngster to express and convey sentiments, while considering the emotional implications. Dance therapy employs movement to improve emotional, cognitive, and social abilities as well as physical integration.

Online Therapy

When addressing a big group of mental health concerns, studies have revealed that teletherapy is equally successful as in-person sessions. Anxiety and sadness are two among them. Some people disagree and say that because nonverbal cues and tone are lost online, it is simpler to connect in person. These skeptics argue that remote therapy will not be able to fulfill more severe mental health demands. However, there appears to be no substantial difference between face-to-face and virtual therapy in general. Online counseling has been shown to be a viable technique to cope with well-being and mental health difficulties in scientific study.

Module 7: Medication

Medication, like therapy, is important in the treatment of mental illness. Although certain pharmacological treatments are contentious, many patients find considerable relief as a result of them. They have gained a vital role in treating some diseases with the introduction of drugs that may be utilized in mental health therapy. As a result, they have the ability to reduce symptoms while also assisting in the prevention of disease relapses.

Types of Medications

There are several drugs that may be utilized to treat mental problems at this time. Stimulant drugs, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications, and antidepressants are all examples of these medications. A common myth is that drugs may treat mental problems; however, this is simply not the case. The good news is that they can help to reduce some of the most troublesome symptoms. Patients with mental problems often restore normal to near-normal functionality when they are successful.

Medications for Depression

  • Drugs such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta) are serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Novel serotonergic drugs include vilazodone (Viibryd) and vortioxetine (Trintellix).
  • Older tricyclic antidepressants include doxepin (Sinequan) and nortriptyline (Pamelor).

Medications for Anxiety Disorders

  • Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) fall into this category. They are not recommended for use for an extended period of time as they can be addictive.
  • Buspirone (Buspar) is not a habit-forming drug. It’s used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.

Medications for Psychotic Disorders

Antipsychotics, such as haloperidol, are frequently used to treat psychotic illnesses (Haldol). Irrational thinking, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and serious depression are all treated with these medications.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is usually treated with stimulants (ADHD). Amphetamine salt combinations (Adderall, Adderall XR) and methylphenidate patches are two examples (Daytrana).

Side Effects and Complications

There are several negative effects associated with many of these drugs, some of which are worth it while others are not. Patients usually have some say in whether or not they want to test different drugs or modify dosages on their own.

  • Shuffling walk
  • Slowing of movement and speech
  • Restlessness and pacing
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weight gain

Developing Care Plans

Medication cannot heal patients with mental problems, as previously stated. When psychotherapy is used with medicine, those who are being treated with medication frequently have better results. Medication is the most effective technique to encourage improvement when used in conjunction with psychotherapy. Mental illness' effects aren't always consistent over time. Although patterns of impairment and functioning can last for years, if the patient is correctly taking medicine and psychotherapy is combined with it, this typically helps the individual better deal on a daily basis while also lessening some of the illness's symptoms.

Module 8: Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

We'll look at mental treatment facilities in this section of the course. Inpatient and outpatient services are available in a variety of settings, and some facilities specialize in a specific ailment. This implies that before picking a job, mental health expert, or care program, patients and professionals may need to conduct research on their local facilities.

Types of Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

Mental health treatment facilities come in a variety of shapes and forms. The manner they're organized and the patients they frequently serve determine the specific programs they have.

  • Outpatient facilities
  • Inpatient care
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Residential mental health facilities

Pursuing Care

A person's mental condition may be adequately treated by merely obtaining therapy from a private practitioner such as a therapist or psychologist in many circumstances. Symptoms can be severe enough to necessitate more extensive treatment, such as that offered in a mental health facility that is either outpatient or inpatient. A person's therapist may be the one who suggests that mental health care is required. In other circumstances, the client may mention to their therapist or other healthcare provider that they may require treatment in a mental hospital. It's important to consider which therapy environment would be appropriate for the client in either instance.

Outpatient Facilities

It's critical to understand the distinctions between outpatient and inpatient psychiatric therapy, as both are tailored to specific scenarios. Outpatient treatment settings are excellent for people who have stabilized their mental health condition and are able to operate in their daily life since they do not require a person to stay overnight. Their regular routine would be disrupted if they were to stay at a rehab center. Individual counseling, group therapy, medication management, and classes on dealing with a mental illness are frequently given at these institutions.

Inpatient Facilities

For those who require regular monitoring and extensive therapy, inpatient treatment facilities are the best option. A person who is in severe mental distress may need to be admitted to an inpatient hospital, where they will be under continual medical observation for the duration of their stay. Someone in this circumstance might be having suicidal thoughts or suffering psychosis, posing a threat to himself or others. A patient like this may have willingly entered the hospital, or they may have been admitted involuntarily by a healthcare professional, family members, or police enforcement.

Voluntary Treatment

Someone may voluntarily seek admission to a psychiatric institution if they think that inpatient mental health therapy is essential for their personal safety due to a mental health crisis. Going to the emergency department for a psychological examination is one way to achieve this. Inpatient treatment may be recommended by a doctor there.

Involuntary Treatment

People with serious mental illness who are a threat to themselves or others may refuse hospitalization. The patient may be admitted to a hospital emergency department for examination by family members, mental health experts, or police enforcement in this scenario. Patients who are held for more than 72 hours must get a court order. To ensure the least restrictive treatment setting feasible, the court is required to issue a warrant.

Module 9: Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies that can be utilized in conjunction with regular therapy, counseling, or medicine will be discussed in Module 9. Alternative or complementary treatments do not follow standard mental health treatment protocols, although they can nevertheless be beneficial to many people. As long as there are no contraindications or reasons to assume that one therapy would interfere with another, such techniques can be employed for a variety of conditions, including mental health disorders.

The Role of Alternative Therapies

Alternative treatments are intended to supplement and replace the dominant approach to treating mental health concerns taken by contemporary medicine. In comparison to pharmacological or invasive treatment procedures, these therapies may lack the same intellectual or scientific rigor as mainstream Western medicine, but they are also less likely to induce adverse effects. Meditation, for example, does not interact directly with the body at all. Acupuncture, for example, is more obtrusive.

Stable Conditions

Many doubters say that alternative treatments are no substitute for seeing a licensed therapist. However, there are significant advantages to employing such techniques. In certain cases, there may be no need for urgent medical intervention from healthcare specialists due to anxiety or depression. They might just check in with clinicians on a regular basis, such as every other week for treatment.

Cost

Depending on the patient's demands, mental health care can be fairly costly. Alternative treatment may be a better and less expensive choice if the problems aren't too significant. Alternative techniques of treating mental health disorders, ranging from yoga to art therapy, are often far less expensive or may be done at home. Aromatherapy expenditures, for example, may merely involve a diffuser and a bottle of essential oils.

Accessibility

Alternative medicine is often far more affordable. Even in less-served locations, finding a trained mental health practitioner who is suited for the patient's requirements might be challenging. Alternative remedies can be used at home in some cases. The usage of specific equipment or the need to leave the house are not required for meditation. If you're limited on time or can't travel for treatment consistently, this is extremely critical.

All-Natural Options

Several patients prefer alternative medicines because they are seen to be safer and more natural. Natural substances are utilized instead of chemicals and compounds used in medications in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While significant mental illnesses will almost certainly need medicine, alternative and holistic therapies may be adequate to treat mild problems or symptoms. Patients should always seek medical advice before beginning a new regimen if in question.

Claims and Results

As previously said, each alternative therapy approach is unique, and the effects they produce might range from person to person. Because there is no established review mechanism for alternative medicines, patients and healthcare professionals should exercise caution when examining their claims. Alternative or traditional medicines are not subject to government monitoring, unlike mainstream pharmaceuticals. In certain cases, this might lead to quality control concerns or baseless allegations.

Contraindications

In this unit, the benefits of alternative medicines have been fully examined. When it comes to exploring therapy outside of Western medicine, however, there are several things to be wary about. Alternative or complementary therapies must be avoided at times due to the disadvantages they have.

Module 10: Barriers to Care

We'll talk about hurdles to getting treatment in Module 10 and why accessibility is so crucial. The complexity of psychological diseases demands constant interaction with mental health doctors as well as a variety of support services for successful treatment. For a number of social, personal, and cultural reasons, this is not always possible.

The Treatment Gap

Mental health treatments are unfortunately commonly lacking or neglected, particularly in developing countries. In underdeveloped nations, the treatment gap (the percentage of individuals who require mental health care but do not receive it) can be as high as 90%. In prosperous nations, however, access to care still need significant improvement. Health insurance coverage in the United States is complicated and expensive.

Availability

Medicinal shortages are particularly widespread in impoverished countries, restricting access to mental health therapy. In primary-care settings, around 20% of nations lack access to at least one common antidepressant, antipsychotic, or antiepileptic drug, according to the World Health Organization.

Affordability

Because of the high cost of psychiatric therapy, which is typically due to the high cost of medicine, patient care faces major financial challenges. Psychological diseases are not covered by insurance in many nations, putting mental health care out of reach for the typical person. Individuals with mental diseases are not covered by about 25% of all countries with disability compensation schemes. This is aggravated by the fact that mental health funding are lacking at the federal/national level in nearly a third of all nations.

Policy Restraints

Although countries with centralized, government-sponsored healthcare may have a better pricing model than the United States, wait times to see a specialist are generally substantially longer. In an emergency, this can significantly limit patients' ability to see the proper clinician.

Localization

Large cities are more likely to have a concentration of mental healthcare. These options may not be available if individuals are unable to travel due to medicine or a physical impairment.

Social Stigma

According to several research, stigma associated with mental illness usually discourages people from getting assistance. Even after getting therapy for the first time, social beliefs regarding mental illness might discourage people from continuing with treatment.

Racial and Cultural Barriers

Mental health services are available to a variety of racial and cultural groups. The Affordable Care Act's impact on mental healthcare access is the subject of one research. Caucasians are the only racial group in whom the majority of people with considerable psychological distress receive therapy, according to the study. More than half of Asian, Hispanic, or African-American individuals with serious mental illness do not obtain treatment.

Module 11: Organizations

Different organizations are actively involved in campaigning for mental health and funding research in this area. Although their target audiences vary, each organization retains mental health as its primary priority.

Advocacy and Research

For a better understanding of complicated disorders, organizations that advocate for mental health and finance research are critical. While some of these organizations are government-funded, many of them rely solely on volunteers and nonprofit contributors.

Case Study: Mental Health America (MHA)

Clifford W. Beers started Mental Health America in 1909. Beers spent time in a variety of governmental and private facilities, where he was subjected to harsh circumstances and abuse. He founded MHA as a result of these experiences. Mental Health America's aim is to meet the needs of people and families living with mental illness while also promoting excellent mental health for everyone. Furthermore, Mental Health America is a major advocate for prevention.

Importance of Raising Awareness

Because mental illnesses have been stigmatized for so long in countries all over the world, mental health awareness is critical. Despite the fact that one out of every four Americans suffers from mental illness, it has long remained a silent killer.

Module 12: Careers in Mental Health

Mental health is critical to the development of healthy societies. There is a rise in demand for specialists in this industry as people become more aware of how mental health affects overall wellness.

Types of Mental Health Professionals

When it comes to mental health difficulties, people can seek out a variety of specialists based on their unique requirements. Some are more advanced, necessitating referrals or a lengthier wait time.

Psychiatrists

Doctors who have a professional degree in treating mental health disorders are known as psychiatrists. They have the authority to diagnose and prescribe medications to patients. A psychiatrist might be a regular physician (MD) or an osteopathic medicine doctor (DO).

Psychologists

Counselors, psychologists, and other licensed specialists who deal with a wide range of behavioral difficulties, mental illnesses, and other conditions are known as psychologists. A psychologist cannot prescribe medicine in most places, but their treatment plan may involve counseling sessions with patients to assist them.

Psychotherapists

A psychotherapist is a broad word that encompasses a wide range of mental health practitioners and services. To cope with patients' life concerns, a psychotherapist employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other well-researched therapeutic procedures.

Psychoanalysts

According to Sigmund Freud's views, psychoanalysts deal with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. To allow patients to live a normal, productive life, a psychoanalyst assists them in identifying and resolving their disguised internal problems.

Psychiatric Nurses

Patients and their families are helped by psychiatric nurses, who work under the supervision of psychiatrists and assist them cope with their illness (s). Behavioral therapy and psychiatric medicines are taught to psychiatric nurses.

Counselors

Patients with addiction, abuse, and other psychological and emotional issues are assisted by professional counselors. Counselors, on the whole, do not require the same amount of education as more sophisticated professionals. As a result, they're better suited to caring for stable patients who aren't in danger. They can also enhance public awareness by conducting counseling sessions, seminars, webinars, and other public-health preventive or educational efforts.

Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists are healthcare specialists that assist patients in adjusting to their surroundings and learning essential life skills.

Art Therapists

Another sort of treatment that is utilized to help mental health sufferers is art therapy. Musicians, painters, sketchers, and journalers are examples of art therapists, who help disturbed patients express themselves through various types of art. Art therapy is often used in conjunction with traditional mental health therapies. Patients who lack linguistic abilities or hate direct social connection, on the other hand, may find it particularly useful.

Social Workers

Social workers might be paid or volunteer to help with society's recovery. Social workers work with individuals to overcome problems in their everyday lives, such as unemployment, dysfunctional households, substance misuse, domestic violence, and so on. They act as counselors, policymakers, or to raise social consciousness.

Training and Education

  • Psychiatrist: MD or DO
  • Psychologist: Ph.D. or Psy.D. or Ed.D.
  • Psychiatric nurses

Beneficial Personal Traits

All you have to do to become a qualified mental healthcare practitioner is get the requisite degree, certification, licensure, and clinical experience for the job you want to play. You can stand out in your working life if you have the following characteristics or are ready to work to develop them.

Job Opportunities

There are positions in practically every industry that you may apply for if you want to pursue a career in mental healthcare. Almost every company hires mental health practitioners to assist workers maintain their mental health.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will have a better awareness about mental health. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Mental Health organizations worldwide. 

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Mental Illness
  • History of Mental Illness in America
  • Changing Ideas
  • Modern Care
  • Self-Care

Module 2: Characterizing Mental Illness

  • The DSM-5
  • ICD Standard
  • Using the DSM-5
  • Benefits of the DSM-5
  • Statistics

Module 3: Anxiety Disorders and Depression

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Secondary Anxiety Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Selective Mutism
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias
  • Treating Anxiety Disorders
  • What is Depression?
  • How Depression is Diagnosed
  • Types of Depression
  • Related Conditions

Module 4: Psychosis and Schizophrenia

  • Definition of Psychosis
  • Definition of Schizophrenia
  • Differences
  • Diagnostic Methods: Psychosis
  • Diagnostic Methods: Schizophrenia
  • Treatment Methods: Psychosis
  • Treatment Methods: Schizophrenia

Module 5: Self-Harm and Suicide

  • Defining Self-Harm
  • Causes of Self-Harm
  • Warning Signs
  • Treatment Options
  • Defining Suicide
  • Warning Signs
  • Treatment Methods
  • Seeking Help

Module 6: Therapy

  • Therapy for Adults
  • Selecting a Field
  • Therapy for Children
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Online Therapy

Module 7: Medication

  • Types of Medications
  • Medications for Depression
  • Medications for Anxiety Disorders
  • Medications for Psychotic Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Side Effects and Complications
  • Developing Care Plans

Module 8: Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

  • Types of Psychiatric Treatment Facilities
  • Pursuing Care
  • Outpatient Facilities
  • Inpatient Facilities
  • Voluntary Treatment
  • Involuntary Treatment

Module 9: Alternative Therapies

  • The Role of Alternative Therapies
  • Stable Conditions
  • Cost
  • Accessibility
  • All-Natural Options
  • Claims and Results
  • Contraindications

Module 10: Barriers to Care

  • The Treatment Gap
  • Availability
  • Affordability
  • Policy Restraints
  • Localization
  • Social Stigma
  • Racial and Cultural Barriers

Module 11: Organizations

  • Advocacy and Research
  • Case Study: Mental Health America (MHA)
  • Importance of Raising Awareness

Module 12: Careers in Mental Health

  • Types of Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Counselors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Training and Education
  • Beneficial Personal Traits
  • Job Opportunities

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Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

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  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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About this Course

Study Mental Health Awareness Online Course and Understand Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Online Course explains the difference between mental health and mental illness. It covers the symptoms of a number of the most common mental illnesses so you will know what to look out for or what to expect if you are working with someone with one of these conditions as well as providing some practical advice on how you can work effectively with those affected by these conditions.

People often equate the words mental health with mental illness and there are many definitions of what mental health actually is. Mental health issues can happen to anyone despite social background, intelligence, gender or other factors.

What you will learn with our Mental Health Awareness Online Course

  • Introduction to Mental Health Awareness
  • Characterizing Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders and Depression
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm and Suicide
  • Therapy
  • The Role of Medication
  • Psychiatric Treatment Facilities
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Barriers to Care
  • Organizations
  • Careers in Mental Health 

Mental Health Awareness Online Course - Requirements

The Mental Health Awareness Online Course is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Mental Health Awareness Online Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Mental Health Awareness Online Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

There is a significant distinction between mental health and mental disease, contrary to common opinion. Clinically, they don't have the same definitions. Emotional, social, and psychological well-being are all terms used to describe mental health. At any one time, it's a state that occurs in every individual, whether good or bad. Poor mental health, on the other hand, can either cause or result in mental disease.

Mental Illness

A wide spectrum of mental diseases that have a significant influence on an individual's emotional and cognitive behavior are referred to as mental illness. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic class, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity, can be diagnosed with it.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood and personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

History of Mental Illness in America

Treatment for mental sickness and illness may be dated back to the early 1800s in America. Those with mental illnesses were moved to medical centers that resembled penitentiary facilities in certain ways. In other cases, they were tortured to the point of ostracizing them, and they were even subjected to horrific torture. During the 1930s, America experienced a progressive shift in society's perception of psychological well-being.

Changing Ideas

The attitudes and ideas of society concerning mental health and mental disease are always evolving. There has been a significant increase in awareness and acceptance of such conditions and diagnosed persons. Similarly, therapies have evolved. Mentally sick people have been treated badly for generations. Disorders were sometimes identified as demonic possessions, and they were treated using unusual ways that often resulted in severe treatment and the patient's death.         

Modern Care

In today's world, persons diagnosed with mental illness have a choice of treatment alternatives. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all therapy strategy. Instead, treatment should be given after the patient has determined which one is most beneficial to him or her. Depending on the type of mental disease and the patient's specific preferences, a variety of therapies may be utilized.

Self-Care

In the United States, the self-care movement is gaining traction. It is a part of self-care to recognize the harm that is created by merely working, caring for others, or attending to other responsibilities.

Module 2: Characterizing Mental Illness

After that, we'll talk about diagnosing mental illness and how it's defined throughout treatment in this section of the course. Various diagnostic criteria and treatment standards will be reviewed as part of this process.

The DSM-5

A guidebook frequently used to diagnose mental health issues in the United States by psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the DSM, which was originally published in 1952. The DSM-5, the most recent version, was released in 2013.

ICD Standard

Medical experts all around the globe utilize the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a diagnostic tool. In the United States, however, mental health experts are less likely to employ it. It establishes a diagnostic code system for categorizing disorders. The World Health Organization owns, develops, and publishes these codes. Despite the fact that the ICD-11 has been accessible since 2018, the ICD-10 is the most widely utilized edition of the ICD.

Using the DSM-5

The DSM-5 can be used by a doctor to determine a patient's main disorder. The diagnostic classification, which is the official list of recognized mental illnesses, is one component of the DSM-5. Institutions, agencies, and individual providers often utilize a diagnostic code for billing and data gathering reasons for each diagnosis. The diagnostic criteria for each of the illnesses specified in the diagnostic categorization are unique.

Benefits of the DSM-5

The DSM-5 has the advantage of providing standards for mental disease communication and diagnosis. This allows various mental health providers to collaborate more efficiently in order to better treat a client. Another advantage of the DSM-5 is that it establishes diagnostic checklists, ensuring that different groups of researchers are all investigating the same condition. Therapists can utilize the outcomes of these studies to better treat their clients because of the uniformity in research.

Statistics

Around 20.6 percent of individuals in the United States suffer from some sort of mental disease, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This equated to around 51.5 million people in 2019. A mental disorder affects 49.5 percent of American teenagers (ages 13 to 18). Making care accessible and adapting treatment regimens for a variety of ages is critical in this situation.

Module 3: Anxiety Disorders and Depression

Anxiety disorders and depression will be discussed in Module 3. This will include a discussion of how they appear in the majority of patients, as well as the therapy approaches that are commonly employed to treat these diseases.

Anxiety Disorders

It's quite natural to have anxiousness on sometimes. When confronted with a stressful or severe event, most individuals feel apprehensive, but anxiety disorders are distinct from the common anxiety. Anxiety disorders are a category of mental conditions that cause anxiety and fear to be continual, excessive, and chronic. Anxiety experienced by someone with an anxiety disorder, unlike normal anxiety, is persistent and typically increases with time.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Excessive, persistent anxiety and concern over regular activities, events, and circumstances are symptoms of this disease. It is possible that a person's capacity to operate in ordinary life would be harmed as a result of this exaggerated worry.

Secondary Anxiety Disorders

Some medical illnesses have symptoms that are remarkably similar to those experienced by people who suffer from anxiety. An anxiety disorder owing to another medical disease occurs when sensations of dread and worry are the direct result of a medical illness.

Panic Disorder

Panic episodes are regular and unpredictable in people with panic disorder. It is common to have abrupt moments of extreme physical and psychological anguish that peak within minutes of commencement. Panic episodes might be unexpected or prompted by a dreaded item, for example. Panic episodes are frequently feared by people with panic disorder. In different aspects of a person's life, worrying about when their next attack will occur and avoiding circumstances that they connect with panic attacks produces severe damage.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Significant anxiety, discomfort, and dread of being embarrassed, rejected, or humiliated in social situations are all symptoms of this illness. Those who suffer from social anxiety disorder are self-conscious and concerned that their actions or behaviors will be judged by others, leading them to avoid social settings or endure them with extreme anxiety.

Selective Mutism

Despite possessing normal language abilities, this anxiety-related illness develops when a person is unable to communicate in particular situations. Selective mutism generally manifests itself in childhood but can also manifest itself in maturity.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety disorder may affect people of all ages, despite the fact that it is commonly considered of as a childhood condition. This disorder causes a person to have a lot of worry or anxiety over being away from those they care about.

Agoraphobia

Agonists are terrified of being in a scenario that may drive them to panic, where escaping will be difficult and embarrassing, and where aid will be scarce. This worry is unrelated to the circumstance, lasts six months or more, and interferes with regular everyday activities.

Specific Phobias

One of the most common types of particular phobias is a continuous dread of something illogical that provides no real harm to the sufferer. This is such a strong dread that some individuals may go to great efforts to escape what they are afraid of.

Treating Anxiety Disorders

The next step in treating an anxiety condition should be to work with a mental health clinician and determine the appropriate treatment for them after seeing a doctor to rule out physical concerns that might be producing symptoms. Anxiety disorders are generally treated with a mix of psychotherapy and medication.

What is Depression?

Depression is a significant mental illness that affects many people. It generates significant mental and physical symptoms that have a negative impact on one's thinking, feeling, and acting. At least two weeks of these symptoms are present, and they generally affect a person's ability to function both at home and at work.

How Depression is Diagnosed

It is advised that all of your patients be screened for depression on a regular basis. An annual wellness visit, a chronic disease checkup, or a pregnancy or postpartum visit are all good times for this examination. Patients who display depressive symptoms might have their doctor perform a physical check, ask questions about their health, and run blood testing. Depression symptoms can also be triggered by an underlying health disease, such as thyroid difficulties.

Types of Depression

The standard depression diagnosis of major depressive disorder can cause a range of symptoms in people.

  • Melancholic features
  • Anxious distress
  • Catatonia
  • Atypical features
  • Psychotic features

Related Conditions

A person's chances of having clinical depression are increased if they have one or more medical disorders, particularly severe ones. Depression reduces a person's capacity to follow medical regimens due to the misery and impairment of function it produces, putting them at a disadvantage in the treatment of other medical disorders. For a variety of causes, depression and medical disease can coexist. A person's medical condition may contribute physiologically to their depression in some situations. In other circumstances, a person's depression may be the result of their psychological reaction to their medical condition or treatment's prognosis, discomfort, and/or disability.

Module 4: Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Welcome to the psychosis and schizophrenia section on this site. We'll start by talking about the distinctions between the two, then go on to how they're commonly handled.

Definition of Psychosis

Psychosis is a term used to describe a variety of mental diseases in which a person loses contact with reality. This is known as a psychotic episode when someone becomes unwell in this way. During psychosis, a person's beliefs and perceptions are altered, and they may be unable to tell the difference between what is true and what is not. Hallucinations and delusions are hallmarks of psychosis. Other symptoms include nonsensical or meaningless words, as well as improper conduct for the circumstance.

Definition of Schizophrenia

Schizoaffective disease (schizophrenia) is a serious mental illness that impairs one's ability to act, feel, and think. The individual, their family, and friends may appear to have lost touch with reality while they are suffering from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia symptoms can be severe and devastating if they are not treated appropriately. Treatments are still available, and they are successful. When therapy is delivered in a consistent, systematic, and timely manner for affected people, it can help them engage in employment or school, acquire independence, and enjoy relationships.

Differences

Psychiatric symptoms are prevalent in patients with schizophrenia, as well as various additional symptoms. Psychotic patients, on the other hand, are not invariably diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Diagnostic Methods: Psychosis

To establish if you have a psychotic disorder, doctors will take a medical and mental history and may do physical examinations. MRI scans and blood tests are sometimes used by doctors to rule out medical ailments or the usage of substances like LSD or cocaine.

Diagnostic Methods: Schizophrenia

To be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a person must fulfill the criteria stated in the DSM–5. To satisfy the requirements, at least two significant symptoms must be experienced often during a 30-day period.

Treatment Methods: Psychosis

The majority of psychotic illnesses are treated with a combination of psychotherapy (a sort of counseling) and drugs. Individual, group, and family therapy are all forms of psychotherapy that can help someone who is suffering from a mental illness. Antipsychotics are also often administered. Although not a cure, antipsychotics are tremendously effective with the most severe symptoms. Because newer atypical antipsychotics have less side effects than previous formulations, they are often recommended.

Treatment Methods: Schizophrenia

Despite the fact that the symptoms are not more obvious, schizophrenia is such a distressing mental disorder that the patient must seek therapy throughout their lives. This serious condition is generally managed with psychosocial counseling and medicines. In certain cases, hospitalization may be necessary. A psychiatrist with experience treating schizophrenia is generally in charge of treatment. To aid in providing appropriate care and support, a psychiatric nurse, psychologist, case manager, and even a social worker might be part of the treatment team created.

Module 5: Self-Harm and Suicide

The topic of self-harm is covered in this section of the course, including probable reasons, warning signals, and therapeutic options. Suicide and prevention will also be discussed.

Defining Self-Harm

Simply put, self-harm happens when someone purposely damage themselves. Teenagers and young adults are prone to this tendency. Self-harm can take several forms, the most frequent of which is slashing the skin with a sharp tool. Self-harm, on the other hand, is not restricted to cutting; it can include any action that causes purposeful hurt to oneself. In order to deal with emotional anguish and/or other mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other similar issues, self-harm is sometimes used as a coping method.

Causes of Self-Harm

Socioeconomic position is frequently associated to self-harm and suicide. According to statistics, young individuals from low-income homes are more prone to acquire self-harming practices. People from specific backgrounds, as previously stated, may be statistically more prone to use self-harm coping techniques. This is especially true for those from low socioeconomic origins and LGBTQIA+ kids who are more likely to establish these behaviours.

Warning Signs

Self-harmers are often seen as doing it just to get attention from their peers or family members. Despite the fact that this may be true for some persons who participate in this conduct, it isn't always so. Even if self-harm is performed in order to gain attention, its value and risk should not be overlooked. Feelings of neglect, worthlessness, and the urge to make oneself visible to others are still common causes.

Treatment Options

Self-harm treatment may be a long and complicated procedure with numerous phases. The most difficult and crucial step is without a doubt getting assistance. Following the decision to seek assistance, the person can find it in a variety of settings, including official and informal settings. A therapist's discussion of the core reasons of self-harm can provide relief and assistance for many people. Some professionals that specialize in self-harm can assist you in addressing the underlying reasons of this harmful practice.

Defining Suicide

Suicide, or the deliberate taking of one's life with the goal to die, is a global mental health epidemic that is still ongoing. It is one among the top 10 major causes of mortality in the United States, for example, across all demographics. Despite its importance, suicide rates vary greatly among populations. Serious (often untreated) mental health difficulties, such as extended depression episodes, are frequently linked to it.

Warning Signs

There's no way to know if someone is actively thinking about or planning suicide unless they speak it explicitly, just as there is with self-harm. In front of their family and friends, many people will put on a pleasant front while internally suffering in silence.

Treatment Methods

Suicide can be caused by a variety of circumstances; thus, therapy differs appropriately. Different tactics and strategies can be used by healthcare providers who treat people with a history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy, which treats depression and/or anxiety, is one of the most effective approaches to prevent suicide thoughts. Both of these disorders are linked to an increased risk of suicide.

Seeking Help

With increasing suicide awareness, persons who are ready to deal with suicidal thoughts have a variety of choices. Primary healthcare professionals, in addition to specialist doctors, play an important role in diagnosing and treating early warning symptoms of suicide. People considering suicide can call a variety of hotlines that can link them with a qualified counselor, in addition to seeking professional support from doctors. Suicide prevention hotlines are available for local locations and even for specific groups, such as ethnic minorities or LGBTQIA+ youngsters.

Module 6: Therapy

This portion of the course examines the many forms of therapy offered to people seeking mental health care. Matching patients with the correct care plan can be critical for obtaining great outcomes, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy.

Therapy for Adults

Adults endure a variety of challenges in their lives, including work, family troubles, and relationship difficulties. A person may feel nervous, unhappy, overwhelmed, puzzled, or out of sorts as a result of these difficulties. Stress, insomnia, and sadness are all common side effects of these situations. When someone's problems start to pile up and get more serious, it's time to seek expert help.

Selecting a Field

In order to narrow down your options as an aspiring mental health practitioner, if you're not sure which sort of treatment would be ideal for your talents, now is a good time to do some study. Alternatively, you might be able to observe others in order to have a deeper knowledge of each sort of care provided. If you're seeking as a patient, you can try different mental health specialists by scheduling appointments with them. Once you've determined the sort of therapist you'll need, pick one with whom you're most at ease; after all, this is the person with whom you'll be sharing some of your most intimate difficulties.

Therapy for Children

Parents may seek treatment for their children for a variety of reasons. Sibling rivalry and family strife are two examples.

Art Therapy

As a medium, this is a fantastic way for youngsters to deal with tough emotions and express their sentiments. While helping to relieve anxiety and tension, this sort of therapy allows young people to process situations they have personally encountered while also reducing anxiety and stress.

Music Therapy

Another type of treatment is music therapy, which uses age-appropriate music to assist children and adolescents attain their full potential. It's frequently useful in assisting a child's relaxation. It can also assist them in getting a better night's sleep and coping with their surroundings in some ways. Singing, songwriting, playing instruments, listening to music, and relaxing are all examples of music therapy. Improvisation and group sessions are also possible.

Dance Therapy

Through movement and dance, this sort of therapy gives a physical outlet for youngsters with emotional concerns. Light exercise may be included in the process. It aids in the development of muscular coordination and movement. Dance therapy may assist increase self-confidence and self-awareness, as well as providing an avenue for a youngster to express and convey sentiments, while considering the emotional implications. Dance therapy employs movement to improve emotional, cognitive, and social abilities as well as physical integration.

Online Therapy

When addressing a big group of mental health concerns, studies have revealed that teletherapy is equally successful as in-person sessions. Anxiety and sadness are two among them. Some people disagree and say that because nonverbal cues and tone are lost online, it is simpler to connect in person. These skeptics argue that remote therapy will not be able to fulfill more severe mental health demands. However, there appears to be no substantial difference between face-to-face and virtual therapy in general. Online counseling has been shown to be a viable technique to cope with well-being and mental health difficulties in scientific study.

Module 7: Medication

Medication, like therapy, is important in the treatment of mental illness. Although certain pharmacological treatments are contentious, many patients find considerable relief as a result of them. They have gained a vital role in treating some diseases with the introduction of drugs that may be utilized in mental health therapy. As a result, they have the ability to reduce symptoms while also assisting in the prevention of disease relapses.

Types of Medications

There are several drugs that may be utilized to treat mental problems at this time. Stimulant drugs, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications, and antidepressants are all examples of these medications. A common myth is that drugs may treat mental problems; however, this is simply not the case. The good news is that they can help to reduce some of the most troublesome symptoms. Patients with mental problems often restore normal to near-normal functionality when they are successful.

Medications for Depression

  • Drugs such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta) are serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Novel serotonergic drugs include vilazodone (Viibryd) and vortioxetine (Trintellix).
  • Older tricyclic antidepressants include doxepin (Sinequan) and nortriptyline (Pamelor).

Medications for Anxiety Disorders

  • Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) fall into this category. They are not recommended for use for an extended period of time as they can be addictive.
  • Buspirone (Buspar) is not a habit-forming drug. It’s used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.

Medications for Psychotic Disorders

Antipsychotics, such as haloperidol, are frequently used to treat psychotic illnesses (Haldol). Irrational thinking, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and serious depression are all treated with these medications.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is usually treated with stimulants (ADHD). Amphetamine salt combinations (Adderall, Adderall XR) and methylphenidate patches are two examples (Daytrana).

Side Effects and Complications

There are several negative effects associated with many of these drugs, some of which are worth it while others are not. Patients usually have some say in whether or not they want to test different drugs or modify dosages on their own.

  • Shuffling walk
  • Slowing of movement and speech
  • Restlessness and pacing
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weight gain

Developing Care Plans

Medication cannot heal patients with mental problems, as previously stated. When psychotherapy is used with medicine, those who are being treated with medication frequently have better results. Medication is the most effective technique to encourage improvement when used in conjunction with psychotherapy. Mental illness' effects aren't always consistent over time. Although patterns of impairment and functioning can last for years, if the patient is correctly taking medicine and psychotherapy is combined with it, this typically helps the individual better deal on a daily basis while also lessening some of the illness's symptoms.

Module 8: Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

We'll look at mental treatment facilities in this section of the course. Inpatient and outpatient services are available in a variety of settings, and some facilities specialize in a specific ailment. This implies that before picking a job, mental health expert, or care program, patients and professionals may need to conduct research on their local facilities.

Types of Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

Mental health treatment facilities come in a variety of shapes and forms. The manner they're organized and the patients they frequently serve determine the specific programs they have.

  • Outpatient facilities
  • Inpatient care
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Residential mental health facilities

Pursuing Care

A person's mental condition may be adequately treated by merely obtaining therapy from a private practitioner such as a therapist or psychologist in many circumstances. Symptoms can be severe enough to necessitate more extensive treatment, such as that offered in a mental health facility that is either outpatient or inpatient. A person's therapist may be the one who suggests that mental health care is required. In other circumstances, the client may mention to their therapist or other healthcare provider that they may require treatment in a mental hospital. It's important to consider which therapy environment would be appropriate for the client in either instance.

Outpatient Facilities

It's critical to understand the distinctions between outpatient and inpatient psychiatric therapy, as both are tailored to specific scenarios. Outpatient treatment settings are excellent for people who have stabilized their mental health condition and are able to operate in their daily life since they do not require a person to stay overnight. Their regular routine would be disrupted if they were to stay at a rehab center. Individual counseling, group therapy, medication management, and classes on dealing with a mental illness are frequently given at these institutions.

Inpatient Facilities

For those who require regular monitoring and extensive therapy, inpatient treatment facilities are the best option. A person who is in severe mental distress may need to be admitted to an inpatient hospital, where they will be under continual medical observation for the duration of their stay. Someone in this circumstance might be having suicidal thoughts or suffering psychosis, posing a threat to himself or others. A patient like this may have willingly entered the hospital, or they may have been admitted involuntarily by a healthcare professional, family members, or police enforcement.

Voluntary Treatment

Someone may voluntarily seek admission to a psychiatric institution if they think that inpatient mental health therapy is essential for their personal safety due to a mental health crisis. Going to the emergency department for a psychological examination is one way to achieve this. Inpatient treatment may be recommended by a doctor there.

Involuntary Treatment

People with serious mental illness who are a threat to themselves or others may refuse hospitalization. The patient may be admitted to a hospital emergency department for examination by family members, mental health experts, or police enforcement in this scenario. Patients who are held for more than 72 hours must get a court order. To ensure the least restrictive treatment setting feasible, the court is required to issue a warrant.

Module 9: Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies that can be utilized in conjunction with regular therapy, counseling, or medicine will be discussed in Module 9. Alternative or complementary treatments do not follow standard mental health treatment protocols, although they can nevertheless be beneficial to many people. As long as there are no contraindications or reasons to assume that one therapy would interfere with another, such techniques can be employed for a variety of conditions, including mental health disorders.

The Role of Alternative Therapies

Alternative treatments are intended to supplement and replace the dominant approach to treating mental health concerns taken by contemporary medicine. In comparison to pharmacological or invasive treatment procedures, these therapies may lack the same intellectual or scientific rigor as mainstream Western medicine, but they are also less likely to induce adverse effects. Meditation, for example, does not interact directly with the body at all. Acupuncture, for example, is more obtrusive.

Stable Conditions

Many doubters say that alternative treatments are no substitute for seeing a licensed therapist. However, there are significant advantages to employing such techniques. In certain cases, there may be no need for urgent medical intervention from healthcare specialists due to anxiety or depression. They might just check in with clinicians on a regular basis, such as every other week for treatment.

Cost

Depending on the patient's demands, mental health care can be fairly costly. Alternative treatment may be a better and less expensive choice if the problems aren't too significant. Alternative techniques of treating mental health disorders, ranging from yoga to art therapy, are often far less expensive or may be done at home. Aromatherapy expenditures, for example, may merely involve a diffuser and a bottle of essential oils.

Accessibility

Alternative medicine is often far more affordable. Even in less-served locations, finding a trained mental health practitioner who is suited for the patient's requirements might be challenging. Alternative remedies can be used at home in some cases. The usage of specific equipment or the need to leave the house are not required for meditation. If you're limited on time or can't travel for treatment consistently, this is extremely critical.

All-Natural Options

Several patients prefer alternative medicines because they are seen to be safer and more natural. Natural substances are utilized instead of chemicals and compounds used in medications in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While significant mental illnesses will almost certainly need medicine, alternative and holistic therapies may be adequate to treat mild problems or symptoms. Patients should always seek medical advice before beginning a new regimen if in question.

Claims and Results

As previously said, each alternative therapy approach is unique, and the effects they produce might range from person to person. Because there is no established review mechanism for alternative medicines, patients and healthcare professionals should exercise caution when examining their claims. Alternative or traditional medicines are not subject to government monitoring, unlike mainstream pharmaceuticals. In certain cases, this might lead to quality control concerns or baseless allegations.

Contraindications

In this unit, the benefits of alternative medicines have been fully examined. When it comes to exploring therapy outside of Western medicine, however, there are several things to be wary about. Alternative or complementary therapies must be avoided at times due to the disadvantages they have.

Module 10: Barriers to Care

We'll talk about hurdles to getting treatment in Module 10 and why accessibility is so crucial. The complexity of psychological diseases demands constant interaction with mental health doctors as well as a variety of support services for successful treatment. For a number of social, personal, and cultural reasons, this is not always possible.

The Treatment Gap

Mental health treatments are unfortunately commonly lacking or neglected, particularly in developing countries. In underdeveloped nations, the treatment gap (the percentage of individuals who require mental health care but do not receive it) can be as high as 90%. In prosperous nations, however, access to care still need significant improvement. Health insurance coverage in the United States is complicated and expensive.

Availability

Medicinal shortages are particularly widespread in impoverished countries, restricting access to mental health therapy. In primary-care settings, around 20% of nations lack access to at least one common antidepressant, antipsychotic, or antiepileptic drug, according to the World Health Organization.

Affordability

Because of the high cost of psychiatric therapy, which is typically due to the high cost of medicine, patient care faces major financial challenges. Psychological diseases are not covered by insurance in many nations, putting mental health care out of reach for the typical person. Individuals with mental diseases are not covered by about 25% of all countries with disability compensation schemes. This is aggravated by the fact that mental health funding are lacking at the federal/national level in nearly a third of all nations.

Policy Restraints

Although countries with centralized, government-sponsored healthcare may have a better pricing model than the United States, wait times to see a specialist are generally substantially longer. In an emergency, this can significantly limit patients' ability to see the proper clinician.

Localization

Large cities are more likely to have a concentration of mental healthcare. These options may not be available if individuals are unable to travel due to medicine or a physical impairment.

Social Stigma

According to several research, stigma associated with mental illness usually discourages people from getting assistance. Even after getting therapy for the first time, social beliefs regarding mental illness might discourage people from continuing with treatment.

Racial and Cultural Barriers

Mental health services are available to a variety of racial and cultural groups. The Affordable Care Act's impact on mental healthcare access is the subject of one research. Caucasians are the only racial group in whom the majority of people with considerable psychological distress receive therapy, according to the study. More than half of Asian, Hispanic, or African-American individuals with serious mental illness do not obtain treatment.

Module 11: Organizations

Different organizations are actively involved in campaigning for mental health and funding research in this area. Although their target audiences vary, each organization retains mental health as its primary priority.

Advocacy and Research

For a better understanding of complicated disorders, organizations that advocate for mental health and finance research are critical. While some of these organizations are government-funded, many of them rely solely on volunteers and nonprofit contributors.

Case Study: Mental Health America (MHA)

Clifford W. Beers started Mental Health America in 1909. Beers spent time in a variety of governmental and private facilities, where he was subjected to harsh circumstances and abuse. He founded MHA as a result of these experiences. Mental Health America's aim is to meet the needs of people and families living with mental illness while also promoting excellent mental health for everyone. Furthermore, Mental Health America is a major advocate for prevention.

Importance of Raising Awareness

Because mental illnesses have been stigmatized for so long in countries all over the world, mental health awareness is critical. Despite the fact that one out of every four Americans suffers from mental illness, it has long remained a silent killer.

Module 12: Careers in Mental Health

Mental health is critical to the development of healthy societies. There is a rise in demand for specialists in this industry as people become more aware of how mental health affects overall wellness.

Types of Mental Health Professionals

When it comes to mental health difficulties, people can seek out a variety of specialists based on their unique requirements. Some are more advanced, necessitating referrals or a lengthier wait time.

Psychiatrists

Doctors who have a professional degree in treating mental health disorders are known as psychiatrists. They have the authority to diagnose and prescribe medications to patients. A psychiatrist might be a regular physician (MD) or an osteopathic medicine doctor (DO).

Psychologists

Counselors, psychologists, and other licensed specialists who deal with a wide range of behavioral difficulties, mental illnesses, and other conditions are known as psychologists. A psychologist cannot prescribe medicine in most places, but their treatment plan may involve counseling sessions with patients to assist them.

Psychotherapists

A psychotherapist is a broad word that encompasses a wide range of mental health practitioners and services. To cope with patients' life concerns, a psychotherapist employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other well-researched therapeutic procedures.

Psychoanalysts

According to Sigmund Freud's views, psychoanalysts deal with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. To allow patients to live a normal, productive life, a psychoanalyst assists them in identifying and resolving their disguised internal problems.

Psychiatric Nurses

Patients and their families are helped by psychiatric nurses, who work under the supervision of psychiatrists and assist them cope with their illness (s). Behavioral therapy and psychiatric medicines are taught to psychiatric nurses.

Counselors

Patients with addiction, abuse, and other psychological and emotional issues are assisted by professional counselors. Counselors, on the whole, do not require the same amount of education as more sophisticated professionals. As a result, they're better suited to caring for stable patients who aren't in danger. They can also enhance public awareness by conducting counseling sessions, seminars, webinars, and other public-health preventive or educational efforts.

Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists are healthcare specialists that assist patients in adjusting to their surroundings and learning essential life skills.

Art Therapists

Another sort of treatment that is utilized to help mental health sufferers is art therapy. Musicians, painters, sketchers, and journalers are examples of art therapists, who help disturbed patients express themselves through various types of art. Art therapy is often used in conjunction with traditional mental health therapies. Patients who lack linguistic abilities or hate direct social connection, on the other hand, may find it particularly useful.

Social Workers

Social workers might be paid or volunteer to help with society's recovery. Social workers work with individuals to overcome problems in their everyday lives, such as unemployment, dysfunctional households, substance misuse, domestic violence, and so on. They act as counselors, policymakers, or to raise social consciousness.

Training and Education

  • Psychiatrist: MD or DO
  • Psychologist: Ph.D. or Psy.D. or Ed.D.
  • Psychiatric nurses

Beneficial Personal Traits

All you have to do to become a qualified mental healthcare practitioner is get the requisite degree, certification, licensure, and clinical experience for the job you want to play. You can stand out in your working life if you have the following characteristics or are ready to work to develop them.

Job Opportunities

There are positions in practically every industry that you may apply for if you want to pursue a career in mental healthcare. Almost every company hires mental health practitioners to assist workers maintain their mental health.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will have a better awareness about mental health. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Mental Health organizations worldwide. 

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Mental Illness
  • History of Mental Illness in America
  • Changing Ideas
  • Modern Care
  • Self-Care

Module 2: Characterizing Mental Illness

  • The DSM-5
  • ICD Standard
  • Using the DSM-5
  • Benefits of the DSM-5
  • Statistics

Module 3: Anxiety Disorders and Depression

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Secondary Anxiety Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Selective Mutism
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias
  • Treating Anxiety Disorders
  • What is Depression?
  • How Depression is Diagnosed
  • Types of Depression
  • Related Conditions

Module 4: Psychosis and Schizophrenia

  • Definition of Psychosis
  • Definition of Schizophrenia
  • Differences
  • Diagnostic Methods: Psychosis
  • Diagnostic Methods: Schizophrenia
  • Treatment Methods: Psychosis
  • Treatment Methods: Schizophrenia

Module 5: Self-Harm and Suicide

  • Defining Self-Harm
  • Causes of Self-Harm
  • Warning Signs
  • Treatment Options
  • Defining Suicide
  • Warning Signs
  • Treatment Methods
  • Seeking Help

Module 6: Therapy

  • Therapy for Adults
  • Selecting a Field
  • Therapy for Children
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Online Therapy

Module 7: Medication

  • Types of Medications
  • Medications for Depression
  • Medications for Anxiety Disorders
  • Medications for Psychotic Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Side Effects and Complications
  • Developing Care Plans

Module 8: Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

  • Types of Psychiatric Treatment Facilities
  • Pursuing Care
  • Outpatient Facilities
  • Inpatient Facilities
  • Voluntary Treatment
  • Involuntary Treatment

Module 9: Alternative Therapies

  • The Role of Alternative Therapies
  • Stable Conditions
  • Cost
  • Accessibility
  • All-Natural Options
  • Claims and Results
  • Contraindications

Module 10: Barriers to Care

  • The Treatment Gap
  • Availability
  • Affordability
  • Policy Restraints
  • Localization
  • Social Stigma
  • Racial and Cultural Barriers

Module 11: Organizations

  • Advocacy and Research
  • Case Study: Mental Health America (MHA)
  • Importance of Raising Awareness

Module 12: Careers in Mental Health

  • Types of Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Counselors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Training and Education
  • Beneficial Personal Traits
  • Job Opportunities

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