Mental Health Competency 2: Common Conditions For Educators


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy | 1 Hour 10 Minutes

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About the Course

An important part of increasing your mental health competency is being able to recognize common mental health conditions and help people to find the support they need.  In Mental Health Competency 2: Common Conditions for Educators, you will learn information that may be vital in helping people in your educators’ community who experience mental health disorders to find support in managing their symptoms.

This course is an engaging part of the Mental Health Competency for Educators series and provides engaging learning based on current research and relevant articles while utilizing the most recent techniques in online learning. Completing the Mental Health Competency 2: Common Conditions for Educators course will take approximately 60-80 minutes of continuous learning time.

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 10 Mins.

Course Includes: 16 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: 17 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Mental Health Competency 2: Common Conditions 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. Describe at least three of the five common mental health conditions covered within this course. The description must include a common definition of each condition and three accompanying symptoms.

  2. Summarize at least three practical tips that can be implemented when interacting with friends, loved ones or fellow staff members who may be struggling with a mental health condition.

  • Course Overview & Introduction (4+ minutes)

  • A Brief History of Mental Care (1+ minute)

  • Facts About Mental Health (1+ minute)

  • What Causes Mental Illness? (1+ minute)

  • Dispelling Stigma (1+ minute)

  • Understanding the DSM-5 (1+ minute)

  • Discussion of the Most Common Disorders (1+ minute)

  • Depression (2+ minutes)

  • Bipolar Disorder (9+ minutes)

  • Anxiety Disorders (2+ minutes)

  • Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders (2+ minutes)

  • Psychotic Disorders (9+ minutes)

  • Other Common Mental Health Disorders (3+ minutes)

  • General Warning Signs (3+ minutes)

  • Prevention Works (3+ minutes)

  • Practical Ways to Help and Treatment Options (5+ minutes)

  • Language Matters (1+ minute)

  • Expressing Concern (2+ minutes)

  • Knowledge Check (2+ minutes)

  • Discussion Summary & Course Outro (3+ minutes)

  • References

  • Post-Course Assessment (5+ minutes)

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