What is the course about?
Approximately one in four people experience a diagnosable mental health problem every year in Britain. You will learn to recognise the crucial indicators of mental distress and develop an awareness of the services available to help. This course gives you the knowledge and skills to sensitively and effectively assist someone in crisis.
What will we cover?
Recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues
Providing help on a mental health first aid basis
Effective guidance towards the right form of support.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Observe and understand mental health issues
Know how to act on information received
Help others increase their awareness of mental health.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to be able to listen for and identify relevant information from extended presentations and respond to detailed questions. You should be able to make relevant contributions and move discussions forward, supporting opinions and arguments with evidence.
You may want to read further and need to be able to understand technical vocabulary and summarise information from longer documents.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be practical activities, quizzes, case studies, group tasks and film exercises.
You will be provided with a take-away manual for future reference.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might like to bring a notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You could look at our other one day courses or longer courses in health and social care.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details