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Mental Health Awareness

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
This unit is about developing the learner’s awareness of Mental Health. The learner will understand terminology, impacts and legislation around Mental Health. They will know how to maintain their own Mental Health and where to get help.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can

Understand terminology and legislation around Mental Health

  • 1.1 - Define the term Mental Health

    Indicative Content

    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

    Indicative Content

    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

    Indicative Content

    Public Attitudes and Perceptions - misconceptions and misinformation. 

  • 1.4 - Describe the impact of Labelling a person with Mental Health issues

    Indicative Content

    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

    Indicative Content

    Legislation -

    • 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

    Indicative Content

    Key Principles -

    • Resilience
    • 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

    Indicative Content

    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

    Social services

    • 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)


    • Samaritans
    • Mind

    Friends, family and carers

    • Supportive
    • Caring
    • Listen
    • May need to help with finances
    • Home life/ day to day living
    • “nearest relative”

    Local Support Networks e.g. local authorities, community groups.

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