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Mental Health Awareness

Our new suite of Mental Health Awareness qualifications is a response to a global phenomenon. At iTEC, we believe in an industry that recognises the importance of their workforce’s mental wellbeing and have launched our qualifications to support this.

58% of Irish people know someone who has been affected by mental health issues. Not only that but Ireland has one of the highest rates of mental health illness in Europe, ranking 3rd out of 36 countries surveyed.

Our qualifications have been created to facilitate learners’ understanding of mental health issues as part of a wider learning journey and can be used as a progression route to other mental health qualifications. They also aim to address stigmas associated with mental health and for students to examine and address these phenomena. Learners should be able to understand how to assist someone developing or experiencing mental health problems on completion of these qualifications.

On May 11th 2021, we held a special webinar discussing Mental Health and Suicide Awareness, with a panel of special guests. You can watch the recording of the webinar by clicking the button below.

The Qualifications

The VTCT (ITEC) Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

understanding of a range of issues that may affect the mental health of people, how to identify common mental health conditions and offer support

  • Understanding what is meant by mental health
  • Awareness of the effects of mental health conditions
  • Supporting people with mental health conditions

VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness

knowledge and understanding of a range of mental health conditions, their causes, signs and symptoms and ways in which these conditions will be managed. The qualification will also aim to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health and dispel some of the myths and misconceptions often linked to mental health.

  • Understanding what is meant by mental health and mental ill-health
  • Understand the changes in mental health care
  • Raising awareness of a range of mental health conditions
  • Understanding the legal context of mental health
  • Understand the ways in which mental health conditions can be managed