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e-course

Mental health


  • Released: 04/2014
  • Reviewed: 02/2017
  • Study time: 40h:0m
  • Start date: 23/01/2017

The aim of this course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to support people with mental illness that you encounter in your practice. Following an introduction to mental health we will concentrate on six main areas: depression, anxiety and sleep disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, older people and dementia, and children and adolescents. We will conclude by looking at supporting people with mental health problems across all care settings. By engaging fully and actively with the content you will feel more confident in providing advice to people with mental health problems and will be ready to deliver a high-quality service.

Learning objectives

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

  • describe more about what is meant by the terms ‘mental health problem’ or ‘mental illness’
  • describe the presentation and management of at least five common mental illnesses
  • list the main classes of medicines used in the management of common mental illnesses and how and when they are used
  • describe the non-pharmacological approaches in the management of common mental illnesses
  • access the relevant National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance and resources
  • identify approaches to improve your consultation skills with people with mental illness, using a person-centred approach
  • explain the key role the pharmacy team has in supporting people with adherence and helping them to make decisions about their medicines to improve their outcomes
  • describe the challenges in supporting people with mental health problems in different care settings and across care interfaces

How to use this programme

Once you have booked your place you will be emailed a link to log on to the Canvas learning environment – the online platform used by CPPE to host e-courses.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees