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Mental health

  • Released: 04/2014
  • Reviewed: 11/2023
  • Study time: 60h:0m
  • Start date: 08/01/2024

The aim of this course is to help you to develop your knowledge and skills to support people who are experiencing mental health problems. Following an introduction to mental health we will concentrate on:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders and insomnia
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • older people and dementia
  • children and adolescents.

By participating fully and actively with the content and discussion groups, you will feel more confident in engaging with people with mental health problems to improve the quality of the support you provide.

This programme runs for 12 weeks.

Click here for more information on course dates: e-courses : CPPE

Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe some common symptoms experienced by people with mental health problems
  • list examples of non-pharmacological approaches in the management of mental health problems
  • describe the main classes of medicines used in the management of mental health problems and how and when they are used
  • access the relevant National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and resources
  • identify approaches to improve your consultation skills with people who are experiencing mental health problems using a person-centred approach
  • explain the key role the pharmacy team has in supporting people with mental health problems to make decisions about their medicines and optimise their outcomes
  • describe how pharmacy teams can support people with mental health problems in different care settings and across care interfaces.

How to use this programme

We run our e-courses online in Canvas. After booking, if you have not used Canvas before you will be registered by CPPE and informed of your login details. This e-course is tutor supported. This means that you work through the course at a defined pace and are aided throughout by an experienced CPPE tutor. Each week you will be given reading and activities to complete and you will be able to network with other participants on the course. In Canvas there will be a menu on the left for navigating through each area, so that you can access each unit and its content separately.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists

Please watch the video before accessing the programme.