Understanding Mental Health


This course will give you an introduction to mental health and the major paradigms in the Aotearoa New Zealand mental health system.

 Please note, this course name replaces 73223, Mental Health and Addiction Studies: Aetiologies.

What you will learn

In this course you will develop knowledge of some of the major psychological disorders and responses to them. You will also gain an understanding of how working in this field can be structured, the agencies and institutions that are part of these structures.

When you successfully complete this course you will be able to:

  • identify and analyse the causes of a range of disorders and the critical issues in diagnosis and assessment of these disorders
  • apply knowledge of a range of approaches for working with service users
  • synthesise knowledge of the organisations and professional roles typically working with mental health service users and their legal and ethical responsibilities.


This course is 100% internally assessed.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency
Bachelor's Degree
Graduate Diploma

Course availability over the next 12 months


June enrolment dates

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24 Jun 2024
13 Oct 2024

October enrolment dates

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21 Oct 2024
9 Feb 2025

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