CWU Mental Health Courses (Part of The CWU Mental Health Strategy):

CWU Mental Health Courses (Part of The CWU Mental Health Strategy):

As a result of the ongoing development of the CWU’s Mental Health Strategy, in line with CWU Conference Policy, the Health, Safety and Environment Department and the Equality, Education & Development Department have been jointly developing a comprehensive ‘in-house’ Mental Health Training Programme for CWU Reps. We are now offering two mental health courses for our reps. Both can be organised locally by contacting Maxine Todd (Course Administrator) at or 01993 843373.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 2 Day Course

The CWU now has a cohort of tutors trained to deliver the Mental Health First Aid course across the country. This two-day course provides an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. It will cover practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues. Reps will learn how to identify, understand and help individuals who may be experiencing a mental health issue. It provides students with the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress and it aims to enhance interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening. It looks at mental health, what it means and challenges some widely held misconceptions. The course considers support and sign-posting to specialised help for a wide range of common mental health issues. On completion of the course, participants will gain a certified qualification as a Mental Health First Aider. This two-day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you: (See attached course description).

Mental Health Awareness – 3 Day Course

In addition to developing a better understanding of key mental health issues, this course seeks to enable students to gain a better understanding of work related mental health issues, and to develop a better understanding of Disability Discrimination Law and how it applies to people with mental health issues. On completion of the course reps will have developed practical skills for dealing with mental health related issues and produced an action plan to work with members and employers to develop a strategy for mental health issues. The course is accredited through the National Open College Network: (See attached Course Description).

Both courses can be delivered residentially or regionally. If your branch or region is interested in setting up a regional course, please contact Maxine Todd (Course Administrator) at or 01993 843373.

These courses are aimed specifically at CWU Reps who will be providing support to CWU members as part of their branch, regional or national structure. All applications must be authorised by the applicants’ Branch Secretary.

Yours Sincerely

Dave Joyce                                                                                  Kate Hudson
National Health Safety & Environment Officer               Head of Equality, Education & Development

20LTB074 CWU Mental Health Courses (Part of The CWU Mental Health Strategy)



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