Free Online Mental Health Courses from Top Universities

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The University of California, Berkeley, Open University, and the University of Massachusetts each host mental health courses for free online. These courses discuss the psychology of mental difficulties and illnesses.
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Free Mental Health Courses

Free mental health courses will provide students with the opportunity to learn about mental health challenges. Course topics include psychology, substance abuse, and how to identify and differentiate between mental issues.

University of California, Berkeley

The free online psychology course at UC Berkeley centers around an emphasis on human emotion. This course is lecture-based, and interested individuals can download in excess of 20 lectures on the subject.

Open University

Open University provides courses in dyslexia, living with death, and other mental health courses for free online. In the course that discusses mental health challenges, students will learn about different types of mental health problems and how they are dealt with in terms of modern medicine.

University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts OpenCourseWare offers a free online mental health course as a study of the impact that substance abuse has on the family. Students will learn about resources available to help families of substance abusers.

Free Online Mental Health Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Psychology 156 course from UC Berkeley Unspecified Audio podcasts No No Yes
Understanding Dyslexia course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Mental Health Practice: Bonnyrigg course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Living with Death and Dying course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Challenging Ideas in Mental Health course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Substance Abuse and the Family course from the University of Massachusetts Graduate Textbooks/external reading resources Yes Yes Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Teaching Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Industrial & Organizational Psychology
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
    Master's
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Trauma & Crisis Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
      • MS in Professional Counseling
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MS in Addiction Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
    Master's
      • MA: Professional Counseling
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Theology
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching
      • MS: Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
      • BS: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Counseling, M.A.
      • Counseling, M.A. Online
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Educational Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
      • BSCJ: Forensic Psychology
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
      • PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy in General Family Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    10. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
      • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
      • BA in Psychology/Forensic Psychology

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Walden University

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling

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Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
  • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

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Liberty University

  • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
  • MA: Professional Counseling
  • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling

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Saint Leo University

  • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

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The Chicago School

  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
  • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program

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Colorado Christian University

  • Counseling, M.A.
  • Counseling, M.A. Online
  • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling

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Florida Tech

  • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology

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Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions

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