PK104: Mental Health & Mind-Body Medicine

Learn the science of feeling good. This course will give you a wholistic toolbox to help you and your loved ones thrive.

  • Learn how to stay in peak mental condition
  • Learn from credible neuroscience, health & wellness experts
  • Learn about mental ill-health & how best to treat it
  • Examine stress & sleep

Approx. 20 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

Upskill for


This course will help you and your family, friends and/or clients create a lifestyle that optimises brain function, performance and wellbeing today and into old age.

  • Getting enough sleep is fundamental to good health. In this course, you’ll learn about the science of sleep and how to get more of it.
  • You’ll examine stress and what happens to the body when stress becomes distress.
  • You’ll discover what “mental ill-health” means and how best to treat it.

This course will arm you with practical tips and tricks to help yourself, your family and friends or clients stay in peak mental condition, whatever their age or life stage.

PREKURE is an internationally recognised social enterprise committed to extending the human health span. Together we can be the change that’s needed in the world 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.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

World Class Instructors


Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT and Professor of Public Health.

Dr Desiree Dickerson

Dr Desiree Dickerson


Neuroscientist and clinical psychologist with a doctorate in the neuro-development of mental health disorders.

Hear what our students are saying

Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine?


  • PREKURE courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics.
  • PREKURE courses contain the latest evidence-informed knowledge and tools in lifestyle medicine.
  • PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.


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.

Course Content

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Module 1: Stress and resilience

This module explores how stress is perceived by the body. You’ll understand the role of the autonomic nervous system in the stress response, the difference between the SNS and PNS and the role cortisol plays in the body. We’ll also delve into hormesis, antifragility and post-traumatic growth and explore the body’s magnificent ability to do more than just ‘bounce back’ from challenges but actually become better and stronger.

Module 2: Mental illness and treatment

In this module you’ll learn about the aetiology of anxiety and depression and understand how mild to moderate mental illnesses can impact one’s life. We’ll also explore more serious mental health disorders such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. You’ll learn about different approaches and treatment options (both conventional and emerging lifestyle tools) and the importance of referring patients on to the right health professionals if need be.

Module 3: Mindfulness, mindset and positive psychology

Module 3 delves into mindfulness, mindset and positive psychology tools. What is the biology behind meditation and mindfulness? We’ll explore mindset and how it impacts on our health, stress, learning, and performance. You’ll also learn about positive psychology and how it can be used in a clinical setting to help patients with health goals. We finish off by briefly examining a series of lifestyle tools.

Module 4: Brain health and the ageing brain

In Module 4, we explore brain health and why it is important for our wellbeing. You’ll learn about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia and mild cognitive impairment, as well as identify lifestyle factors known to impact on risks of cognitive decline and dementia.

Module 5: Sleep

In the last module, you’ll learn about how much sleep people need and how much we actually get. You’ll understand the biology of sleep including the circadian and ultradian rhythms, and how melatonin works. We’ll also look into common sleep disorders and how they would normally be treated.

Approx. 20 hours of training,
with 12 months to complete

Upskill for


Frequently Asked Questions


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When does the course start and finish?

This course is available for you to start immediately as soon as you enrol with online, 24/7 access. You then have 12 months to complete your short course.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You can do this course in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately five hours of work per week. You do however have up to 12 months to complete your 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.

Do I need any background or previous learning in the health field?

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. To date, we have had GPs, nurses, full-time mums, gardeners, IT specialists, and more enrolling on this course.

I am a nurse, physio or pharmacist. Does this course counts towards my CPD credits?

Yes, it counts as 20 hours.

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, world-class teaching 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.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Do I get lifetime access to this course?

No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol. Each module does however come with notes that you can download.

If you’re completing this Short Course as part of a Certificate you can retain access to your course content by joining the PREKURE Postgrad Network, an exclusive membership offering postgraduate professional support to PREKURE Certificate graduates. This includes access to updated content, resources and references as we continue to develop and re-release courses.

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