How To Support Mental Health
In recent months we’ve entered a world of change with the way we study, work, communicate and live altering beyond recognition. This combined with not knowing what the new normal will be is unsettling for many people and can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental health.
Going through this not only shows how strong and resilient we are as individuals but also how vital it is to take a proactive approach to looking after our own mental well-being and supporting that of others. It’s also important, now more than ever, that people know: how to maintain their mental health; how to spot signs that they might be struggling with their mental health and where to go for help if they need it.
Ascentis are keen supporters of Mental Health Awareness. We would like to encourage Education Providers to offer mental health education to all learners and to have support plans in place, for both learners and staff, as they step back into the learning environment after the lockdown period.
An effective way of doing this is by having a Wellness Action Plan in place for learners and staff. A Wellness Action Plan (WAP) is a tool used to understand a person’s mental health and is often used by Mental Health First Aiders to help individuals proactively manage their day-to-day mental wellness at work, during study and in life.
Wellness Actions Plans can include:
- Triggers that can negatively impact the individual’s mental health and ways the individual can be supported with these.
- A date for when to review the Wellness Action Plan based on how well it is working for the individual.
Additional elements of a Wellness Action Plan are considered in the resources accompanying our Level 2 Award in Mental Health & Well-being qualification. The mental health charity Mind has an example Wellness Action Plan template that you may find useful, and they provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
We’re also delighted to announce that we’ve revamped our Level 2 Award in Mental Health & Well-being Online Enrichment qualification. The online resources provide learners with an understanding of how to manage their mental health as they progress onto further study, work and through life. As learners work through the online resources they complete a workbook where they have the opportunity to explore their own understanding of mental health which ensures the knowledge is embedded and retained.
This qualification can be used in a number of ways, including:
- as part of a wider study programme where learners seek to become Mental Health First Aiders
- as an introduction to recognising and responding effectively to signs of mental health problems
- as a stepping stone to further education or employment in this area
In addition our Level 2 Award in Mental Health & Well-being, we have a further two qualifications to help you educate learners in understanding and maintaining their mental health:
- Level 1 Award in Mental Health & Well-Being Short Online Qualification
- Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness Vocational Qualification