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National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support) (Level 6)

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  • Not being offered in 2017 ​
  • One year full-time​, or part-time equivalent​​
  • Fee Guideline: $6,200 per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • City Campus, Hamilton or Thames Campus

The National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) (Level 6) follows on from the National Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions Support (Level 4). It is designed for people who wish to develop a higher level of competence in mental health support work. These mental health support workers may have more seniority in the workplace, carry a higher level of responsibility, and engage in more complex relationships with consumers / tangata whai ora. They may also lead a team of mental health workers.

This programme will help you develop the knowledge and skills to support consumers / tangata whai ora to achieve their recovery goals, provide support to their families / whānau, support consumers / tangata whai ora to manage their use of alcohol or other drugs, and support mental health consumers / tangata whai ora to access employment support services.

You will be able to analyse discrimination, and implement both individual and community-based advocacy strategies in response to discrimination against consumers / tangata whai ora. You will develop an understanding of practice that is informed by ethical values, and the legal structures and laws that apply to mental health support work. You will be able to explain and apply knowledge of human development and health issues, and critique and interpret a research project relevant to a mental health service user group, and analyse leadership and lead a group or team to achieve mental health support work objectives.

Programme Content

There are six modules in the programme, which are all compulsory:

  • Advanced Practice Knowledge and Skills
  • Reflective Practice
  • Mental Health and Law
  • Supporting Families
  • Special Issues in Mental Health Support Work
  • Challenging Stigma and Discrimination

Career Opportunities

The National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) (Level 6) may lead to employment in senior roles / positions within the mental health support field, and community mental health agencies.

Entry Criteria

National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4)

Candidates must be currently employed (either paid or unpaid) in a Mental Health Support Work role or similar.

You may be eligible for a Training Grant.

Please Note: We are currently updating our 2015 entry criteria. To ensure you receive the correct information for 2015 programme regulations, please download the following pdf document:

Interested? Take the Next Steps​


​1. Check that you meet the entry requirements​. 
If you don't meet them, don't worry, there is still hope, get in contact with us to talk about it. 

​​There are pathways to help you get where you want to be. You could start with the Introduction to Study programme.


2. Understand the application process.

All applications require some supporting documents, however, you don't need to supply these immediately. You can begin an online application now and we'll get in touch with you at a later date to arrange the documentation.

A candidate’s identity must also be verified . You will be required to provide:

  • A primary identification document (original birth certificate,  ( NZ full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number. Note: if the birth certificate was issued before 1998 it can be verified by a Justice of the Peace. ) passport, citizenship certificate, NZ certificate of identification or a NZ firearms licence); AND
  • A second form of official identification that shows the claimed identity is used in the community (driver licence, HANZ 18+ card or IRD number); AND
  • One of the two forms of identification must be photographic, verified in person against the candidate.

VIEW FULL APPLICATION PROCESS​​​​​

Apply online or download and complete the application to enrol from

Supply the required documents in the online application checklist. All applications require some supporting documents, however, you don't need to supply these immediately. You can begin an online application now and we'll get in touch with you at a later date to arrange the documentation.

Complete the Centre for Health & Social Practice – Social Services, Mental Health Addiction Form

3. Apply. Get started online.

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