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Foundations: Mental Health Basics


Welcome to the eLearning module Mental Health Basics.

The stigma associated with mental health issues and disorders is especially pervasive in the community.

Society often deals with such fear and distress by alienating and segregating those with a mental health disorder.

The impact of stigma, discrimination, and misunderstanding is often profound. It may become a part of the issue and affect the life of the individual. This creates a barrier to seeking care and support.

A certificate is issued on completion.


By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand the beliefs and misconceptions about  people with mental health disorders
  • Use practical, recovery-focused communication skills in responding to people with mental health issues and disorders
  • Assess and intervene appropriately when a person is showing emotional distress in a clinical setting
  • Enhance your interpersonal skills to build positive collaborative relationships and meaningful engagement with people with mental health issues, their families and carers.


This course is applicable for all health professionals new to the NSW Health facilities and may qualify for up to 0.5 hrs of Continuous Professional Development.