Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to highlight some of the specialist qualifications that we will be adding to our portfolio from September 2017 which can support learners in developing their own understanding and awareness of mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May each year. This year, the theme is ‘surviving to thriving', the Mental Health Foundation is prompting a national conversation about what we can do as communities, schools, families and individuals to move from surviving to thriving. 

The following qualifications will be available for delivery from the CACHE portfolio from September 2017:

  • Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working with People with Mental Health Needs
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in Mental Health
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

As we are committed to designing fit-for-purpose qualifications ensuring they meet the needs of the sector, a number of these qualifications have been developed in collaboration with NHS Foundation Trust and mental health charity Tyneside Mind.

Tyneside Mind, a charity that delivers mental health services across Tyneside and Northumberland, contributed to the development of the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health. This qualification is designed to allow the learner to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing, supporting progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

Emily Pearson, Training Consultant at Tyneside Mind, attended a scoping day and provided a letter to support the regulation of the qualification. As a key participant of the group with in-depth knowledge, Emily’s involvement was extremely valuable and helped to ensure that everything included in the qualification was relevant and up-to-date.

Emily commented: “I was happy to advise on the development of this qualification to ensure it contained everything that employees need to know to be equipped to work in the mental health field. The result was a very comprehensive qualification, made up of interesting content that will help individuals to understand mental health in a lot more detail.”

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England, was also involved in the development of the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health. Kristy Hunter, Trainer at the NHS Foundation Trust attended the scoping day for the qualification.

Kristy commented: “Qualification development was new to me, but attending the scoping days gave me a good understanding of the process and the benefits of getting involved in this type of activity.

“I think it’s great for awarding organisations to consult with employers as it will be valuable to both learner and employer, helping those who undertake the courses to be better practitioners, ultimately meaning that they can provide a better service for patients.”

We are proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week and our qualifications in mental health will not only increase awareness and understanding of mental health, but create additional opportunities for progression to those working in the health and social care sector.

Find out more about our mental health awareness qualifications*.

Follow the conversation to keep up to date with Mental Health Awareness Week on Twitter #MHAW17

*These qualifications are currently provided by NCFE and are being realigned to the CACHE portfolio.