The importance of mental health cannot be underestimated. In light of this, Portobello Institute has developed a distance learning course in Mental Health Awareness which will provide an indepth understanding of the issues of mental health to the learner who can then apply this knowledge in a supportive and positive manner. This course gives the learner an understanding of mental health issues and their context, enhancing the learners familiarity with the national and local needs and those of their families.

By choosing to study this course with Portobello Institute, students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this QQI certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an administration fee of €30 for this service.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Care of People with Mental Illness

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

As this course is delivered through distance learning it is carried out at the students own pace.  Each student has 12 months to complete this course.

Course Delivery

  • Online Learning Centre (requires internet access), or
  • By Post (note that there is an admin fee of €30 for postal students)

Course Content Units

  1. Care of People with Mental Illness
  2. Understanding of Mental Health and Illness
  3. Working with People suffering with Mental Illness
  4. Caring for People suffering with Mental Illness
  5. Environments of Care

Practical Experience

A minimum of 20 hours practical work experience is required to successfully complete this course

Assessment Criteria

A set of written assignments will be required to successfully complete this course.



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