How To Support Mental Health and Build Resilience

Over the last year we’ve entered a world of change with the way we study, work, communicate and live altering beyond recognition. This combined with economic uncertainty 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 uncertainty can affect our mental health particularly at work or when searching for employment; how to spot signs that they might be struggling with their mental health and where to go for help if they need it.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is Nature. #ConnectWithNature

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Mental Health and Nature

Spending time in nature and being connected to nature is good for our mental health and stress management. Research by the Mental Health Foundation has shown that 70% of people in UK said that visiting green spaces helped them to cope during the pandemic.

At Ascentis we have qualifications that promote mental health through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the great outdoors. These include:

Entry 3 Award in Healthy Living for Well-being and Mental Health Short Online Qualification *NEW for 2020-21 and can be completed remotely.

The aims of this qualification 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
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Level 3 Certificate in Meditation Teaching

This qualification is designed to train teachers on meditation, so that they can lead meditation sessions in line with the principles of the British School of Meditation.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to:

  • Understand the benefits of meditation
  • Understand meditation techniques
  • Lead meditation sessions
  • Set up a business in line with the British School of Meditation
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Ascentis is a keen supporter 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.
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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 

Offering mental education to your learners is vital for them to be able to stay strong and resilient during times of uncertainty. Below are some qualifications that you can use for this:

Level 1 Award in Managing Uncertainty and Self-Resilience for Employment Employability Qualification

This brand new qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge and understanding of the effects of uncertainty and change on personal stress; raise awareness of mindfulness and stress-management techniques to manage self during these times; and raise awareness of transferable skills to build confidence and support employability.

The aims of this qualification are to: 

  • know the effects of change, uncertainty and stress on self and others
  • know how to manage self during times of uncertainty and change
  • understand transferable skills and employability 
  • understand how mindfulness and other techniques can be used to create calm and resilience to lessen stress and anxiety in work and life
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Level 2 Award in Mental Health & Well-Being Online Enrichment Qualification

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
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Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness Vocational Qualification

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


Level 1 Award in Mental Health & Well-Being Short Online Qualification *Can be 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

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Level 2 Award in Developing Therapeutic Skills and Level 3 Certificate in Applied Therapeutic Skills Vocational Qualifications

The Ascentis Level 2 Award in Developing Therapeutic Skills is aimed at individuals who have little or no prior knowledge or experience of applying therapeutic skills, providing them with an understanding of personality, basic needs, the main therapeutic approaches and safe working practices.

The main purpose of the Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Applied Therapeutic Skills is to support professional competence in supporting vulnerable children, young people and adults to bring about social, emotional and behavioural changes, so that they can maximise their individual potential.

How To Support Mental Health and Build Resilience

Another qualification popular with education providers at the moment, which is designed to build confidence, is our:

Level 1 Award in Personal Health and Well-Being Short Online Qualification *Can be completed remotely.

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make balanced and informed choices about their life, both now and in the future, and to develop confidence in their own abilities. 

After completing this qualification learners will understand: 

  • the importance of a healthy lifestyle 
  • sex and relationships 
  • ways of building confidence and self-esteem 
  • the impact of body image
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*Click on the title of each qualification to view the Overview Specifications 

We have seen an uptake in all these qualifications over the last year, as they build confidence in learners' abilities and the resilience needed to live, work, study and enter employment during these uncertain times.

If you would like any further information or would like to deliver any of our Mental Health and Well-being qualifications please get in touch here

Mental Health Resources

We have put a together a bank of free resources on Mental Health to help you and your learners, which includes a mindfulness resource. To view and download these resources click here.

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