How To Support Mental Health and Build Resilience
In recent months we’ve entered a world of change with the way we study, work, communicate and live altering beyond recognition. This combined with not knowing what the new normal will be is unsettling for many people and can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental health.
Going through this not only shows how strong and resilient we are as individuals but also how vital it is to take a proactive approach to looking after our own mental well-being and supporting that of others. It’s also important, now more than ever, that people know: how to maintain their mental health; how to spot signs that they might be struggling with their mental health and where to go for help if they need it.
Ascentis are keen supporters of Mental Health Awareness. We would like to encourage Education Providers to offer mental health education to all learners and to have support plans in place, for both learners and staff, as they navigate learning and teaching during this uncertain period.
Wellness Action Plans
An effective way of doing this is by having a Wellness Action Plan in place for learners and staff. A Wellness Action Plan (WAP) is a tool used to understand a person’s mental health and is often used by Mental Health First Aiders to help individuals proactively manage their day-to-day mental wellness at work, during study and in life.
Wellness Actions Plans can include:
- Triggers that can negatively impact the individual’s mental health and ways the individual can be supported with these
- Any early warning signs that indicate the individual could be struggling
- What has or hasn't helped the individual's mental health in the past
- A date for when to review the Wellness Action Plan based on how well it is working for the individual.
The mental health charity Mind has an example Wellness Action Plan template that you may find useful, and they provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Our Level 2 Award in Mental Health & Well-being qualification also explores Wellness Action Plans.
Qualifications to Support Mental Health and Build Resilience
This newly revamped qualification contains online resources that provide learners with an understanding of how to manage their mental health as they progress onto further study, work and through life. As learners work through the online resources they complete a workbook where they have the opportunity to explore their own understanding of mental health and Wellness Action Plans, which ensures the knowledge is embedded and retained.
This qualification can be used in a number of ways, including:
- as part of a wider study programme where learners seek to become Mental Health First Aiders
- as an introduction to recognising and responding effectively to signs of mental health problems
- as a stepping stone to further education or employment in this area
Level 1 Award in Mental Health & Well-Being Short Online Qualification *Can be fully completed remotely with our new e-Invigilation package*
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to:
- understand what is meant by the terms 'mental health' and 'well-being'
- understand different mental health conditions and treatment
- know how to find support for mental health conditions
- know how to look after their own mental health and well-being
Entry 3 Award in Healthy Living for Well-Being and Mental Health Short Online Qualification *NEW for 2020-21 and can be fully completed remotely*
The aims of this qualifications are to enable learners to understand:
- the importance of healthy living
- the importance of mental health
- the importance of healthy eating
- the principles of physical activity for health
The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to understand:
- the nine specified mental health conditions
- how to respond to the nine specified mental health conditions
- relevant terms used within the field of mental health
- how the nine specified mental health conditions can be managed