Introduction to Mental Health Practice

Short Course
  • Upskill in the latest science in lifestyle medicine for mental health
  • Learn Mental Health First Aid
  • Study positive psychology tools and other mental health coaching practices
  • Get an Introduction to ACT – Behaviour Therapy

Approximately 15 hours of training,
completed at your own pace

6 modules for just





Start building your toolbox to help a friend, family member, or work colleague. Learn the foundations of mental health practice in our introductory short course.

PreKure’s vision is to put prevention at the heart of mental healthcare. To prescribe lifestyle medicine, behavioral therapy and prevention. Not pills.

It is estimated that one in ten globally, and one in five in most Western countries, suffer from some form of mental health disorder. Yet for many, the public health system offers little help. How is it possible that at a time in human history when we have more wealth, more knowledge and more tools than ever before, we are failing to meet the needs of so many people?

We built this course for people who want to be equipped to support a loved one, friend or co-worker who is struggling to be mentally well. The course is designed for anyone to be able to do and you don’t need any background in health. You might be a parent, grandparent, co-worker, employee wellbeing advisor, teacher or caregiver looking for practical solutions to help. Right here and right now.


Study online, at home, any time

All our courses are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, all from the comfort of your own home.

Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

Meet your instructors

Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson

Registered Psychologist

Sophia has a passion for holistic wellbeing and is highly skilled in the use of ACT with her patients.

Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and men’s mental health advisor for Movember.

Dr Louise Schofield

Dr Louise Schofield

Behaviour Change

Health Entrepreneur with a PhD in Public Health, Louise inspires health and helps people to make lasting behavioral changes.

Dr Catherine Crofts

Dr Catherine Crofts


Catherine has a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease, and is experienced in the deprescribing of medications.

Chris Reid

Chris Reid

General Practice

Chris is a GP and clinical lead in one of the first New Zealand practices to be accredited as a Neighbourhood Health Care Home. 


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Course Overview

The Introduction to Mental Health Practice short course consists of 6 modules. Each module has 2-5 lessons, downloadable resources and recommended readings:

Module 1: An overview of Anxiety and Depression

Module 2: Mental Health First Aid

Module 3: The Biology of Mental Wellbeing

Module 4: The Coach Approach to Mental Health

Module 5: Lifestyle Medicine for Mental Health

Module 6: ACT – Behaviour Therapy that Works

Approximately 15 hours of training,
completed at your own pace

6 modules for just


Frequently Asked Questions


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Who should do this course?

This course is ideal for mums, grandparents, friends or co-workers of anyone struggling to be mentally well. It also is relevant for you if you are considering doing our Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and want to get a taste of some of the learning before committing to the full Certificate.

When does the course start and finish?

The course opens on the day you enrol and you have access to the course for 12 months.

How long will it take to complete?

The course usually takes 12-15 hours to complete. It consists of 7x approximately 90-min modules, with each module requiring a further 30 minutes of reading and reflective practice.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You have online, anytime access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately 3-4 hours of work per week.

Do I get life-time access to the course materials?

No. You will have access for 12 months. However, each module comes with notes that you can download.

How much is the short course?


Do I receive any certification for completing the course?

You will receive a PreKure Certificate of Completion for this course.

What happens after I finish the course?

If you would like to continue learning, choose another short course or cross-credit into one of our Certificates. If you have not done previous training in a health field then we recommend you start with the Certificate in Health Science. We also offer an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health, however you need to be a Prekure Certifed Health Coach or a Registered Health Professional to be eligible to apply for enrolment.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Do I have to be a Health Coach or Health Professional to do this course?

No. This course is perfect if you want to upskill for your own benefit. You will learn many tips and tricks that will help you and your loved ones.

How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?

The course is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified and credible faculty with extensive real-world experience. One of our past students says, “By aligning with a professional group like PreKure, I can reassure my clients that I am using the latest, evidence-based tools and techniques to support them.”

Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?

Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

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What if I don’t like what I buy?

You’re protected by PREKURE’s unconditional, 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. We want you to have peace of mind when you buy any of our programs, so we give you up to 30 risk-free days from the date you purchase to decide if it’s for you.

If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.

If you or your loved ones suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).

Need help now?

New Zealand. If life is in danger, call 111. Or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
Australia. If life is in danger, call 000. Or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), call 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), or call 1300 659 467.