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Mental health awareness

Standard details

This training standard is one of a set of standards for mental health first aid training. The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge to: recognise mental health issues developing and start practical mental health conversations.

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

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.

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.

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

  • classroom

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

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.

Assessment

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

July 2019

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 (not an exhaustive list)

Your own organisation might give free/subsidised access to confidential counselling and advice services.