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Child and Adolescent Mental Health CPD

University of Derby Online Learning United Kingdom

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Mental Health Psychology MSc, PG Dip

University of Liverpool Online Programmes United Kingdom

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Mental Health Graduate Certificate

Edith Cowan University Online (ECU) Australia

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Master of Mental Health Master of Mental Health

Southern Cross University Online Australia

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Mental Health Law and Practice Certificate

Northumbria University Newcastle United Kingdom

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Online Global Mental Health MSc, PG Cert, PG Dip

University of Glasgow Online Programmes United Kingdom

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Health & Social Care - Children & Young People's Mental Health: Ecological Approaches Postgraduate Certificate

University of Edinburgh Online Learning United Kingdom

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Mental Health: Psychological Therapies PG Dip, MSc, MRes

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) United Kingdom

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Mental Health Therapeutics PG Cert

Aston University United Kingdom

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Mental health is one of the most pressing issues that today’s society faces. With more and more people living with mental health and its related problems, the care of these people becomes increasingly harder and demanding. The education of mental health nurses is integral to the treatment of mental health issues. As a mental health nurse, you will help patients through their treatment and recovery, as well as supporting their families and friends.

An undergraduate degree in mental health nursing will give you a foundation level knowledge of nursing, alongside the specifics needed for mental health nursing. You will be given opportunities to develop your nursing skills, through both theory and practical learning. The professional practice you gain will ensure that you are fully prepared to enter the workplace once you have qualified.

Your course will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as technical and practical sessions. You will be required to participate in a clinical work experience placement, to aid your professional development and give you a chance to practise skills you have been taught.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise throughout your degree. This specialisation may influence where you work in the future. Common specialisations include:

  • Public Health
  • Complex Mental Health Needs
  • Occupational Health
  • Psychosocial Interventions

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation in your final year, this will give you the chance to further explore and research an area of interest to you.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study, as well as your specific degree. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs).

As well as your degree title, you will also need to be a registered nurse in order to practise. For example, in the UK you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Most degree courses will be designed so that they meet the standards needed.

Generally, a degree in mental health nursing will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can either choose to seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

The most popular destination for graduates of mental health nursing is to work within the healthcare services as a nurse. You might choose to work in a mental health or psychiatric ward in a hospital, in the prison services, in the armed forces, or in a specialist psychiatric hospital. Your wide range of transferable skills will mean that you can gain employment in a variety of fields and areas.

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