Mental Health Competency 1 For Educators


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy | 1 Hour 13 Minutes

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About the Course


The Mental Health Competency 1 for Educators course is the first course of the Mental Health Competency for Educators Series and serves as the introductory course. The main topics of this course include a discussion on the range of severity of mental health issues, their impact on the educators’ community, and an explanation of the dangers of stigma regarding mental health.

Completing Mental Health Competency 1 for Educators will take approximately 50-70 minutes of continuous learning time. 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 nearly all individuals with an interest in improving their mental health competency.

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

Estimated Course Length: 1 Hour 13 Mins.

Course Includes: 11 sections with components in each section (components consist of a mixed media approach with lived experience testimonials, animation explainer videos, and a knowledge game)

Companion Videos: 10 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Mental Health Competency 1 for Educators; over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics

Target Audience: Educators

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

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

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of 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, educators, 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

  • Post-Course Assessment (5+ minutes)

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