Mental health and wellbeing award: levels 4 & 5

Mental Health & Wellbeing award


The awards in mental health and wellbeing at SCQF levels 4 and 5 aim to:

  • reduce stigma surrounding mental health
  • arm young people with healthy coping strategies
  • promote knowledge of the impact of mental health on behaviour
  • dispel myths surrounding mental health
  • promote understanding of positive and negative impacts on mental health
  • help individuals to make the right choices
  • promote understanding of the potential uses and impact of social media and the internet
  • create resilience

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Half of mental health problems in adulthood begin before the age of 14, and by the time they are 16 roughly three children in every class will experience a mental health problem. When it comes to finding help for mental health only a quarter of young people know where to go.

In addition, the stigma attached to mental health frequently can stop individuals from seeking help because they feel embarrassed or are fearful of being judged.

These qualifications therefore aim to address gaps in knowledge and to improve understanding of mental health questions.

These awards in mental health and wellbeing support the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017–2027. Its guiding ambition for mental health is simple but, if realised, will change and save lives:

'We must prevent and treat mental health problems with the same commitment, passion and drive as we do with physical health problems.'

unit content

This award in mental health and wellbeing meets the relevant design principles as:

  • it is made up of 3 SQA unit credits at SCQF level 4
  • it amounts to 18 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 4
  • all the units within the award are at SCQF level 4 which is the SCQF level for the award

The mandatory units are designed in order to ensure that you focus on the following areas:

understanding mental health issues

  • describing what is meant by the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘wellbeing’ for individuals and wider society
  • describing a range of mental health issues
  • identifying the role of the brain in relation to mental health and wellbeing

influences on mental health and wellbeing

  • identifying factors that may influence mental health and wellbeing in individuals
  • identifying the influence of technology and social media on mental health and wellbeing

coping strategies and building resilience

  • identifying helpful and unhelpful coping strategies
  • describing how to promote good mental health and wellbeing in self and others
  • describing different types of support available and ways to address barriers to support mental health and wellbeing

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