Mental Health Competency 1


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy

| 1.00 CE Credits | 1 Hour

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About the Course


Mental Health Competency 1 is the introductory course of the Mental Health Ally Series. The main topics include a discussion on the range of mental health challenges, their impact on the community, and an explanation of the dangers of stigma regarding mental health. The course was created using up-to-date statistics from governing bodies and relevant scholarly articles. The instructional design is learner-focused and approachable to individuals with an interest in improving their mental health competency.

NOTE: We recommend completing Mental Health Competency 1 before taking any other Mental Health Ally Series courses.

Estimated Course Length: 1 Hour

Course Includes: 18 sections with components in each section (components consist of a mixed media approach with an animated overview video, a subject matter expert fireside chat, role plays, and a knowledge game).

Companion Videos: 5 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Mental Health Competency 1. Over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics.

Downloadable PDFs: 3 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Health and Medical Providers, Healthcare Staff, Employers, Caregivers, Coaches, First Responders, Teachers, Attorneys, and other pertinent professionals

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Closed captioning of all audio and video components

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Discuss the range of severity of mental health issues and identify the impact of stigma towards mental health on individuals, families and communities.

  2. Describe the various models and contributing risk factors that play a role in the development of mental health disorders.

  3. Examine your personal values while learning common myths and facts about mental health.

  • Course Overview & Introduction (12+ minutes)

  • Values (2+ minutes)

  • The Numbers (2+ minutes)

  • The Cost (2+ minutes)

  • Stigma (10+ minutes)

  • The Biopsychosocial Model (3+ minutes)

  • Risk Factors (2+ minutes)

  • Protective Factors (3+ minutes)

  • Help and Hope (7+ minutes)

  • Knowledge Check (2+ minutes)

  • Discussion Summary & Course Outro (3+ minutes)

  • References

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