Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness is vital, now more than ever.

In the current climate of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are finding it more difficult to handle their mental health.

On average, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. But the impact of anxiety and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic will have a profound effect on people’s mental health – both now and in the future. This is a particular worry for our key workers within the NHS.

In response, Public Health England has issued guidance about looking after wellbeing during the pandemic, in addition to a £5m Government pot to help charities support people’s mental health.

Mental health is just like physical health. Everybody has it and it’s key that we take the appropriate steps to take good care of it.

Problems with mental health can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. As a result, these reactions can become overwhelming and get in the way of how the person wants to live their lives.

In collaboration with the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAST), Onclick have developed a suite of interactive elearning courses on the WAST Learnzone that are covered under the term ‘Mental Health’.

WAST staff have an important role to play in providing support and dealing sympathetically with extremely distressed people. This includes the families and friends of those who are having troubles coping with their mental health.

It’s therefore important that ambulance crew have the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to recognise, assess, signpost, manage and initiate appropriate follow up for those in distress with who we come into contact.

What Mental Health Awareness elearning courses are included?

All of these modules have been tailored to support people working in NHS Direct Wales, EMS, and NEPTS environments.

It works to familiarise learners with some of the terms people may use to describe their mental health, encourage them think about cases they might encounter and explore how mental health problems might be contribute to them. However, it is not designed to help learners to diagnose mental health problems.

Get in touch

If you are interested in adapting our Mental Health courses with custom information, instruction, media and signposting for your own ambulance service or hospital, please get in touch for more information.

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