Understand terminology and legislation around Mental Health
- 1.1 - Define the term Mental Health
Mental Health - a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.
- 1.2 - Define the term First Aid for Mental Health
First Aid for Mental Health - how to identify, understand and support a person experiencing a Mental Health issue, worsening of an existing Mental Health problem or in a Mental Health crisis.
- 1.3 - Identify Public Attitudes and Perceptions around Mental Health
Public Attitudes and Perceptions - misconceptions and misinformation.
- 1.4 - Describe the impact of Labelling a person with Mental Health issues
Labelling - labels hold a lot of meaning and can therefore be very dangerous. As labels are related to judgements they have the power to create stigma, stereotypes, hearsay, bias and the inability to separate a person from the label.
The power to diagnose someone with a mental health condition is for professionals with significant training, not First Aiders.
- 1.5 - Identify Legislation that relates to Mental Health in the workplace
- Health and safety at work Act 1974 (HASWA)
- Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA)
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
- Equality Act 2010
- Duty of Care 2014
Understand how to maintain own Mental Health
- 2.1 - Identify Key Principles for maintaining own Mental Health
Key Principles -
- Sources of guidance and support
- Ways to manage own self care
- Key protective factors for own mental health
Understand the support available for those in Mental Health Crisis
- 3.1 - Identify those that can assist in Mental Health Crisis both locally and nationally
Common types of support
- Prescribed medication
- Counselling and Talking therapies
- Self help
- Additional lifestyle or practical support
GP or emergency services – may be used for immediate support e.g. for conditions such as suicide and anxiety where it’s deemed as an emergency
- The Care Act 2014
- Can assist with:
-Accommodation, employment, education, financial support, extra activities, counselling
- Access to social care is gained through a referral (own or someone else), assessment, eligibility, care and support plan
- Can be asked to pay for social care (depending on financial circumstances)
Friends, family and carers
- May need to help with finances
- Home life/ day to day living
- “nearest relative”
Local Support Networks e.g. local authorities, community groups.