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Mental Health in the Community

Adult Continuing Education (ACE), at University College Cork, offers the programme in association with Mental Health Ireland. This part-time programme is run in a number of centres throughout Ireland such as Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Dublin. There are plans to expand this programme into a Diploma offering in September 2017.

Our teaching team will work with adult learners through a mixture of lectures, practice based workshops and continuous assessment, in accordance with the ethos of adult education and in-line with Vision for Change.

This Certificate will facilitate the development of the knowledge and skills necessary in the design and planning of mental health promotion. The participant will explore ‘community’ as a resource in responding to the challenges of mental ill health and will engage with case examples and best practice frameworks.

The Certificate looks at community and civil society as a context for ‘recovery in mental health’. The participant will examine the world of mental health and ill health with a critical lens, challenging the way in which we define, understand, and work with mental and emotional distress. The participant will be encouraged to look at their own and societal attitudes towards people with mental and emotional problems and be expected to recognise and apply the principles and values of the recovery perspective, citizenship, empowerment, self-advocacy, social inclusion, service user participation, hope and social justice.

Scholarship Fund

Since 2015, Mental Health Ireland has provided a Scholarship Fund to support eligible applicants undertaking the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community.
Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of 50% of course fees with up to 40 individual Scholarships awarded by Mental Health Ireland each year. Scholarship Awards are competitive, may vary and strict eligibility criteria will apply.

You can download the form here: MHI Scholarship Application Form 2017_v2.3

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
There are three key selection criteria which Mental Health Ireland will apply in order to determine eligibility. These are:
1. Membership of one of Mental Health Ireland’s three Target Groups (listed below).
2. Quality and relevance of information included in the Personal Statement.
3. Evidence of financial need – (e.g. in receipt of Social Welfare payment)

Mental Health Ireland will prioritise applications received from the following target groups: (Listed in order of descending priority, where Group 1 receives highest priority)
Group 1: Peers/ persons having self-experience of mental health difficulties
Group 2: Carer/s and family members of mental health service users
Group 3: Individuals engaged in community activism /volunteering in the area of mental

Applicants who are a member of more than one eligible group will receive an additional weighting.
In any year, should the number of equally eligible applicants exceed the number of Scholarship Awards available, a lottery system will then apply.

Please Note:
Scholarship Applicants in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment must first seek assistance with course fees from their local Social Welfare Office before applying for a Scholarship Award from Mental Health Ireland. Evidence must be included in this application regarding funding assistance sought and the outcome.

Awarding body:

University College Cork


Part-time over 1 year, 1 evening per week and some Saturdays

Course Fees:



Certificate, NFQ level 6

Course Content

  • Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Prevention
  • Recovery Orientated Approaches to Mental Health
  • Reflective Practice
  • Community Integration Networks
  • Social Inclusion
  • Co-production and Partnership Development

Is this course for me?

The Certificate would be interest to people working in the community who are committed to enhancing their current competence, skill and practice in promoting mental health, to developing opportunities for recovery for people who experience mental health difficulties, and to exploring their own and societal attitudes to mental health and emotional distress.

This includes:

  • Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Advocates, Peers and family members
  • Community Educators and Activists
  • Social and Healthcare/Mental Healthcare professionals
  • Housing, Homeless, Disability and Addiction services

Who runs this course?

Adult Continuing Education at University College Cork in association with Mental Health Ireland.

Where and when are they held?

Dublin: Venue TBC
Wednesday Evenings
Commencing: September 2017

University College Cork
Tuesday Evenings
Commencing: September 2017

Limerick College of Further Education
Tuesday Evenings
Commencing: September 2017

Killarney Community College
Thursday Evenings
Commencing: September 2017

Caherciveen Scellig Cri
Wednesday Evenings
Commencing: September 2017

Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Tuesday Evenings
Commencing: September 2017

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