PREVIEW: Mental health awareness


Overview
This preview is for ATO use. The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to: recognise mental health issues developing and start practical mental health conversations.

This standard is available to ATOs to preview before it’s finally published. You should make sure your course matches these details. This standard will eventually supersede the existing standard in development. 

Until then, continue to publicise your courses against the existing title on the Construction Training Directory.

Duration

Minimum half a day of 3 learning hours

Purpose/scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to: recognise mental health issues developing and start practical mental health conversations.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • how to communicate positively, confidently and respectfully about mental health with others in the workplace
  • general understanding of factors that affect mental health, including stress
  • defining mental health and some mental health issues including: depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, eating disorders, suicide and self-harm
  • how to recognise and respond to early warning signs of mental health issues
  • addressing stigma and discrimination around mental health issues
  • how to look after your own mental health
  • how to use tools to begin supportive mental health conversations such as: take 10 together
  • awareness of appropriate sources of support and information.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction/supervision

Qualified mental health first aid (MHFA) instructors can deliver this course. Instructors must have completed the seven-day adult MHFA instructor training course, and also attended an adult mental health aware half day CPD.

Delivery

The following methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio is maximum 25:1 to allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

Examples and scenarios relevant to the construction sector should be used.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.

Assessment

There is no requirement for training delivered against this standard to be formally assessed. However, for the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal/refresher

There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • know how to communicate positively, confidently and respectfully about mental health with others in the workplace
  • describe the factors that affect mental health, including stress
  • define mental health and some mental health issues including: depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, eating disorders, suicide and self-harm suicide
  • recognise and respond to early warning signs of mental health issues
  • address and reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health issues
  • describe how to look after one’s own mental health
  • use tools to begin supportive mental health conversations such as: take 10 together
  • describe where to find appropriate sources of support and information.

Additional information about this standard

Research and policy

Legislation

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Advice and support

Please note that the resources below is not an exhaustive list. Your own organisation might give free/subsidised access to confidential counselling and advice services.

  • ACAS 
    Information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems
  • Anxiety UK
    Tel: 0844 477 5774 
    A national charity for people affected by anxiety disorders
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Big White Wall
    A safe online community of people who are anxious, down, or not coping, but willing to support each other by sharing their troubles. The site is guided by trained professionals
  • Building Mental Health
    Freely available, industry-wide framework and charter to tackle the mental health crisis in the construction industry
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
    Nationwide tel: 0800 58 58 58
    London tel: 0808 802 58 58
    Charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. Helpline (phone or webchat) for UK men who need to talk or find info and support. 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year
  • Construction Industry Helpline
    Tel: 0345 605 1956 
    Supported by the Lighthouse Club. Advice and help covering: occupational health and wellbeing, stress, divorce, tax, and finance
  • Dealing with Depression
    Online forum that provides a friendly and safe place for people to share information and talk about their experiences of depression
  • Hafal (Wales)
    Leading charity for people with serious mental illness and their carers. Supports individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness
  • Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
    Tel: 0345 605 1956
    Providing financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families
  • Mates in Mind
    Tel: 020 3510 5018 
    A national charity for employers that supports construction companies to raise awareness and address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
    Tel: 020 7250 8062
    A community interest company that supports construction companies to raise awareness and address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing. Providers of mental health first aid training
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Scotland
    MHFA is available to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and increase supportive reactions in terms of mental health.  Providers of mental health first aid training
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Wales
    Tel: 01495 707360 
    MHFA is available to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and increase supportive reactions in terms of mental health.  Providers of mental health first aid training
  • Mental Health Foundation
    Provides, information, research, campaigns, and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health issues
  • Mental Health Helplines Partnership Project
    The Telephone Helplines Association's website lists a number of different mental health telephone services
  • Mind Apples
    Helps people manage their minds, based on science and backed by a passionate community
  • Mind Infoline
    Tel: 0300 123 3393 (or text 86463)
    Leading mental health charity provides information and help on mental health and wellbeing.
  • Mind Matters: Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    Provide talking therapies to adults (18+) registered with a GP in Surrey who are experiencing common mental health issues
  • NHS England and Wales 111  and NHS Scotland 24 
    Both organisations offer people medical information and advice by phone or over the internet
  • Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide
    Tel: 0800 068 4141   
    SMS: 07786 209697
    Confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
  • Remploy - Putting ability first
    Phone and chatline: 0300 456 8110
    UK's leading disability specialist, transforming lives through sustainable employment
  • Rethink Mental Illness’ National Advice and Information Service
    Tel: 0300 5000 927; Mon to Fri 9:30am to 4pm  
    Expert advice and information on issues that affect the lives of people coping with mental illness
  • Samaritans
    Tel:116 123 
    A safe place for you to talk any time 24/7 for people who are in despair or suicidal
  • SAMH Scottish Association for Mental Health 
    Provides mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions, and employment services, among others
  • SANEline
    Tel: 0845 767 8000; 6pm to 11pm daily
    Support, information and advice for anyone affected by mental health issues
  • Support in Mind Scotland
    Tel: 0131 662 4359 
    Supports and empowers all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters
  • Time to Change
    Growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems
  • Workplace mental health support service
    Tel: 0300 456 8114
    Free and confidential support service covering: stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issue
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