This mental health awareness course in Brighton is ideal if you are considering volunteering or paid work in mental health. It will also be useful if you want to develop skills and confidence in your own self-care and wellbeing.


Our mental health awareness course will cover a broad range topics such as stress, PTSD, depression and bipolar disorder, which will involve specialist speakers and agencies.


As this is an accredited course, you will be expected to undertake around 2 to 3 hours of study at home each week.


An interview is required to ensure that this course is suitable for you.

To book an interview please contact our main reception on 01273 810210 or email [email protected]


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COURSE TUTOR: Elaine Colomberg and Amanda Scanlon

DURATION: 15 weeks

DAY: Fridays

TIME:  9.30am-3pm

WHEN: 5 October 2018 – 15 February 2019

Autumn: 5 October 2018 – 14 December 2018 (half term 25 October and 1 Nov 2018)

Spring: 11 January 2019 – 15 February 2019

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: (C) £870 (B) £420 (A) £15*

*This is assessed at enrolment and is dependent on residency, employment and benefit status. It is unlikely that you will have to pay £870 – this is for those who have not been resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years.


This course cannot be booked online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.


Who this course is for?

This course is an ideal step for those thinking about volunteering or paid work in mental health. It will also be useful if you want to develop skills and confidence in your own self-care and wellbeing.  The course will cover a broad range topics such as stress, PTSD, depression and bipolar disorder, which will involve specialist speakers and agencies. We look to develop your knowledge of what is like to live with a particular condition and understand how it can be managed through treatments and support from local agencies.


By completing this course you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Define mental health and mental ill health.
  • Outline how the demands of daily life can contribute to stress.
  • Explain how different ways of thinking and behaving can affect anxiety.
  • Describe how phobias can be managed.
  • Understand how depression affects the individual and others.
  • State how preparation for birth can help reduce the risk of postnatal depression.
  • Recognise the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Explain how schizophrenia can be managed.
  • List the likely signs and symptoms of the most common causes of dementia.
  • Describe the feelings an individual with an eating disorder may experience.
  • Identify and draw upon local resources and treatments available to an individual experiencing ADHD.
  • Give examples of the types of thoughts and behaviour associated with OCD.
  • Explain how friends and family can help the individual with PTSD to manage their condition.


Entry Requirements

No experience of working in the mental health field is necessary, although lived experience of mental health, voluntary or paid experience in a caring, support or counselling role could be helpful. Learners may also find it useful to have previously achieved a Level 1 qualification in Wellbeing.

Students are expected to complete short written assignments.

We expect you to have a good standard of literacy. If you do not hold a level 2 English qualification (GCSE equivalent), you will be asked to write a brief written piece when you attend your course interview / assessment.


What we ask of our learners

    • To attend one scheduled lesson a week.
    • To undertake homework tasks and to join with other learners in practical class activities. To achieve the NCFE / CACHE Level 2 you must pass all the set work, which will be assessed by the course tutor. When all of your work is completed and assessed by your tutor it will be checked by our internal moderator and by an external moderator from NCFE/CACHE to ensure it meets their standards.

What materials will I need for the course?

A ring-binder folder, pen and paper. It is also advisable that you have access to computer for your assignments. If you do not have a computer or internet access at home you can use the IT facilities at Friends Centre.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Approximately £4


How will I know I am making progress?

Through tutor feedback, feedback on assignments, peer review, group work, presentations, self-assessment and reflective practice


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Approximately 2-3 hours per week.


Who is the course tutor?

Elaine Colomberg has worked in health and social care for over 30 years in a variety of roles and currently works as the Team Manager at Southdown Recovery College in Brighton and Hove. Elaine is a qualified psychiatric nurse and she is an approved Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. She is also a freelance trainer / tutor delivering mental health related courses training locally and throughout the UK.

Elaine enjoys her teaching and training roles and finds the pastoral and mentoring aspect of her work particularly fulfilling.

In addition to being a trainer / tutor, Elaine enjoys swimming, yoga and is a member of the We-Bop, Brighton’s A Capella Choir.


Amanda Scanlon has worked in the charity sector since leaving university. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in Politics, but now specialises in mental health and wellbeing. She is also a Clinical Peer Trainer for the NHS.

Amanda enjoys the prospect of helping students achieve their aspirations through education and a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to being a tutor/trainer, Amanda enjoys practising yoga and mindfulness.


What next?

If you are considering becoming a counsellor, supporting people with their emotional issues you can undertake further vocational learning in Counselling at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Formerly City College), Varndean College Adult Education or PACA Adult Learning.

You may also wish to undertake a more specialist mental health qualification such as Mental Health First Aid, a two day accredited course.



Friday 5 October 2018 - Friday 15 February 2019
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sessions: 15

Full price: (C) £870 (B) £420
Concession rate (if available): (A) £15.00
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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