Knowledge of Mental Health and Addiction

Course code MH001

  Course is not currently open for enrolment

This course provides you with background knowledge that you can use in your work as a mental health and addiction support worker. You will study what mental health and well-being is and the factors that may strengthen a person’s mental health and well-being or place them at risk of mental health problems and addiction. The course will take a developmental approach, outlining the mental health issues that may appear at different life stages, and describing specific mental disorders and addiction.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to describe

  • Factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing and mental health problems
  • The presentation of mental health and addiction issues at each life stage
  • The impact of mental health and addiction issues on human development
  • Mental disorders and addiction
  • The potential impact of co-existing problems


Students are required to be working in a paid or unpaid capacity in a mental health, addictions or disability service and have a signed memorandum of understanding signed by their employer.


This course is 100% internally assessed