QQI Mental Health Awareness


Course Details

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at work, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

This fully recognised qualification is designed for a broad spectrum of health care workers who would benefit from a greater understanding of Mental Health. This course covers topics such as stress, phobias, anxiety, eating disorders, and schizophrenia among others – all conditions under the topic mental health. Whether you are an experienced mental health care worker or new to the industry caring for clients or patients in a work environment, we believe that this learning programme will assist you with your personal development.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Who should complete this course?
  • Health care workers, mental health carers, social care workers, those working with people with intellectual disabilities, day centre workers, and those working in sheltered workshops, resource centres, sheltered housing, and rehabilitation training programmes. Other roles who would benefit from this course include Youth workers, Gardai, Nurses, Prison officers, Teachers, and HR Professionals.
  • People who wish to gain a professional qualification in the subject matter by home study distance learning.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • Level 5 Certificate, Leaving Cert (or equivalent) and/or relevant work and life experience.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • A basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access is required to do the course.
  • Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland.
  • For technical requirements required to access CMIT eLearning click here>
  • For more details on the suitability of this course click here>
How CMIT eLearning Works…

Topics covered in this Course

Unit 1 – What is Mental Health?

  • Introduction
  • Issues pertinent to each individual’s Mental Health
  • How Mind and Body interact to promote positive Mental Health
  • Strategies to maintain Positive Mental Health
  • Barriers to positive Mental Health
  • Positive Support in the community

Unit 2 – Realities of Mental Illness

  • The Historical Context and Myths Associated with Mental Health
  • The major Classification of Mental Illnesses
  • The various models used in understanding mental illness
  • The impact of Mental illness on the person and society
  • The symptoms and characteristics of mental illness
  • Issues associated with mental illness

Unit 3 – Intervention and Treatment Approaches

  • Treatment Approaches
  • Medications
  • Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Psychosurgery
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Other Therapies
  • Assessment of each modality
  • The Role of Mental Health Professionals
  • Interventions available in the Community

Unit 4 – Recovery and Advocacy

  • The Features of Recovery
  • The Recovery Process
  • The recovery movement in Ireland
  • Key issues relating to current legislation
  • This award is assessed through a series of assessments, which are submitted by the student. This includes a Learner Record, and a Project.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator.

Transfer and Progression to Further Studies

  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this level 6 component certificate as credit towards QQI Advanced Certificates including: Social and Vocational Integration (6M2218) and Inclusive Education and Training (6M2263). For more details contact us.


  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component certificate in Mental Health Awareness (6N2209).
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.
  • Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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by Student July 2017 on Jul 20 2017 12:49

The Staff & Tutor were very friendly & very professional to deal with. The course was easy to follow & understand. Would highly recommend CMIT

by Student July 2017 on Jul 11 2017 09:44

It was an excellent course with great feedback.

by Student November 2016 on Nov 24 2016 12:32

It was easily accessible in terms of administration and the attainment of new knowledge and skills. the course content was very interesting and the tasks were enjoyable.

by Student October 2016 on Oct 19 2016 16:52

On line courses are my only option at present to further my studies. I have done previous courses through CMIT so I felt familiar with the college.

by Student September 2016 on Sep 23 2016 10:15

The college has a good reputation and it was easy accessed due to it being an online course.

by Student September 2016 on Sep 19 2016 15:30

It was more accessible than other colleges, with a well standing reputation.

by Student September 2016 on Sep 1 2016 16:03

I enjoyed the course, the topic being personally very interesting and I am pleased to have studied it as I think it will broaden my knowledge of mental health in a work context.

by Student August 2016 on Aug 17 2016 10:14

As i could complete the course online and not need to take off days of work to complete the course content. Also as CMIT has a reliable reputation and a good variety of choices in course materials.

by Student July 2016 on Jul 6 2016 10:25

I really enjoyed the course and it was very helpful for my personal life and also improved skills in my current job. CMIT is a reliable college, I did my research about all the students that have studied with CMIT. Every one of their feedback was very good and the supports of the college staff, so I too enjoyed studying with CMIT.

by Student June 2016 on Jul 1 2016 15:29

I wanted to gain a qualification in the area of mental health whilst working at the same time. So doing a QQI module by distance learning/online suited me.

by Student June 2016 on Jun 24 2016 11:50

I enjoyed doing the course and doing research in HSE learned a lot.

by Student June 2016 on Jun 1 2016 09:45

Flexible learning from your home, very interesting course and i thought the videos were good.

by Student May 2016 on May 23 2016 17:25

The course was very insightful and opened my eyes to common mental health issues that are usually taken for granted especially in the workplace.

by Student March 2016 on Mar 16 2016 09:16

Very enjoyable.

by Student February 2016 on Feb 29 2016 11:06

The content was very user friendly, well laid out and very informative. The portal offers a good selection of recommended reading and interesting articles that compliment the course.

by Studend February 2016 on Feb 25 2016 17:13

I thoroughly enjoyed studying this course, I felt it was a lot tougher than I expected but found this a great challenge, the assignments were really interesting and overall I feel I have a good understanding of mental health now. Excellent price plan, good customer service when I enquired about the course, good course outline.

by Student February 2016 on Feb 25 2016 10:00

I think the course has all the relevant information and up to date information to help the student complete the course as well as additional material and websites and reading material. All I experienced was positive and the support was fantastic both from Tutor and office.

by Student February 2016 on Feb 9 2016 10:50

Very interesting, very easy to access the content. Project work very useful as it is a great way to learn. The course outline suited me interests, and the schedule and method of studying is very flexible which suits me as I work long hours in my current job.

by Student November 2015 on Nov 20 2015 10:09

I am really enjoying this course. The content is very accessible and is easy to understand.

by Student May 2015 on May 7 2015 11:15

It was very informative and the feedback from my tutor was very helpful.
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