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First Aid for Mental Health – Tutor Lead Courses

Posted by Adam Clarke – Operations Manager

Introduction

Each year around 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition and at least 1 in 6 employees experience mental health issues in the workplace.

Mental health conditions are often hidden due to stigma and fear of discrimination, but research has shown that work is the biggest cause of stress which can stop people performing at their best. The HSE guidance ‘First aid needs assessment’ refers to mental health in the workplace. It is important for employers to recognise the warning signs for stress or Mental Health issues, to ensure their employees get the help they need as early as possible.

Tutor Lead Courses

Our Tutor lead courses consist of a 1 day course in ‘First Aid for Mental Health’ and a 2 day course in ‘Supervising First Aid for Mental Health’ The qualifications provide learners with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Learners will know how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. They will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

Learners will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals, but they will gain the knowledge to identify when a person may have a condition and know where they can go to get further support.

1-day course in FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)

  1. Know what mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the

role of a First Aider for mental health

1.1 Define mental health

1.2 Indicate understanding of the stigma surrounding mental health

1.3 Identify factors that can affect a person’s mental health

1.4 Understand the role of a First Aider for mental health

  1. Know how to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a mental health condition

2.1 Outline the advice that should be provided to a person suffering from a suspected

mental health condition

2.2 Know when to contact the emergency services in respect of first aid for mental health

  1. Know how to recognise and manage stress 3.1 Identify signs of stress

3.2 State how stress can be managed

  1. Know how to recognise a range of mental health conditions

4.1 Identify signs and/or symptoms for the following mental health conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  1. Understand the impact of substance abuse on mental health

5.1 State potential effects of alcohol and drug abuse on a person’s mental health

  1. Understand the first aid action plan for mental health and be able to put it in place

6.1 Demonstrate the application of the first aid action plan for mental health

  1. Know how to implement a positive mental

health culture in the workplace

7.1 State key factors in providing a positive mental health culture in the workplace

7.2 Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace

Assessment Information

 This qualification is assessed through a written assessment paper and the practical demonstration of the first aid action plan for mental health. Learners must successfully pass both parts of the assessment to be awarded the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.

 2-day course in FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)

  1. Know what mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the

role of a First Aider for mental health

1.1 Define mental health

1.2 Indicate understanding of the stigma surrounding mental health

1.3 Identify factors that can affect a person’s mental health

1.4 Understand the role of a First Aider for mental health

  1. Know how to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a

suspected mental health condition

2.1 Outline the advice that should be provided to a person suffering from a suspected

mental health condition

2.2 Know when to contact the emergency services in respect of first aid for mental health

  1. Know how to recognise and manage stress

3.1 Identify signs of stress

3.2 State how stress can be managed

  1. Understand the impact of substance abuse on mental health

4.1 State potential effects of alcohol and drug abuse on a person’s mental health

  1. Understand the first aid action plan for mental health and be able to put it in place

5.1 Demonstrate the application of the first aid action plan for mental health

  1. Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace

6.1 State key factors in providing a positive mental health culture in the workplace

6.2 Describe how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace

  1. Understand a range of mental health disorders and the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers

7.1 Describe the characteristics, including signs and/or symptoms, of each of the following mental health conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

7.2 Describe the support & therapy provided by professional healthcare providers for the following mental health conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

Assessment Information

 This qualification is assessed through two written assessment papers and the practical demonstration of the first aid action plan for mental health. Learners must successfully pass all parts of the assessment to be awarded the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.

 If you want to find out more about our First Aid for Mental Health courses please contact Ian Bolton on 07887 821464 or by email  ian.bolton@praxis42.com

Author

Adam Clarke – Operations Manager

Adam joined Praxis42 in 2018. Having previously been a practising consultant Adam is acutely aware of the challenge clients face when trying to change culture. Adam focuses on understanding the scope of what our clients need and providing the most pragmatic solution to achieve it.

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