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Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disability


Mental health problems, dementia and learning disabilities affect a substantial proportion of the UK population in any given year. It is thereforeimportant that those who work with people who suffer from, or are at risk of suffering from, these conditions can recognise typical symptoms and react with compassion and understanding.

Understanding the conditions, and their sign and symptoms, will also enable those involved to know when to report any concerns they may have about people for whom they care. Furthermore, recognising the conditions will assist in responding to, and dealing with, any unusual associated behaviour.

This course aims to provide the learner with an overview of commonly encountered mental health conditions, dementia and learning disabilities. It will also enable them to understand the effects of these conditions on people experiencing them, and how they should be cared for and supported.

Course Contents:

  • Mental health
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Phobias
    • Eating disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Learning disability
  • Care and support of those with mental health issues
  • Promoting positive attitudes
  • The social model of disability
  • Reporting concerns
  • Legislation relating to mental health

Target Audience

Workers in health and social care who require an understanding of how to recognise and provide appropriate care and support for those affected by mental health problems, dementia and learning disability.