Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Mental Health Awareness

10 May 2022 9:30am–1:00pm

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CPD Accredited Course for UNISON South West Members

UNISON works in partnership with The Open University. The purpose of the partnership was to increase participation in education among workers delivering public sector services. Many members have accessed Open University courses and training. The courses are delivered by experienced Open University Lecturers and has received excellent feedback from members who attend the courses. This workshop aims to provide an introduction to mental health in the UK. The session will support learners to understand the main mental health problems that people face and gain an insight into the experience of having mental distress. It will look at some of the misconceptions associated with mental health enabling you to take a revised awareness into the workplace.

Mental Health Awareness is a face to face or on-line delivered CPD workshop with resources created by the Open University and delivered by Open University trained Tutors. The course is centered mainly around exploring adult Mental Health and covers the topics set out below.

This course option will be run online via MS TEAMS. A link will be sent to all registrants at least 24 hours before the start of the course.

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We hope that employers and Managers see the benefit to requesting time off to attend from your workplace.

You may want to make your Branch Union Learning Representative or Education Officer aware that you are attending this course to link with other learners or join the local learning network

If you are in need of support to request time off from your work to attend please talk to the branch to gain support.

These sessions are being held in the morning but if you are on shift or working and want to attend you may be able to negotiate time off from your workplace.

You may have a local policy or learning agreement to support with gaining reasonable time off to attend our learning from your employer. There is also guidance via ACAS – Time off advice

For further learning options please keep an eye on our webpage and social media.

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to get in contact with us

Email: SW Education Enquiries

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Questions?

Am I entitled to time off to attend a course?
Yes, you should approach your line manager to arrange time off in the
same way you would for annual leave. We hope that Line Managers and employers see the benefit for you attending our UNISON Learning offer. The right to time off in workplaces where the UNISON is recognised, trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training. Where there isn’t a recognition agreement or facility time agreement, reps should seek advice from their branch in the first instance in regards to time off for training. By registering to this course using the booking button please ensure you have the time off to attend. Support for requesting time off can be offered.

What are our courses like?
Our courses are friendly and informal. Our training is aimed at making
learning a fun rather than a daunting experience. Everyone’s views and experiences are listened to. You will not be lectured at and given every opportunity to participate and there is no exam at the end unlike school or college. We have guidance on this under our ” Working together guidelines”

Points to consider
Where are you going to be doing the online course? In a busy or loud
environment which may be distracting? Somewhere where you are likely to be interrupted? If possible find a quiet space to complete the course either at work or at home. What equipment are you going to use? To access all of our E-learning courses, you will need a tablet or computer. If you are using your employer’s IT equipment, then make sure you have permission to use it for a trade union course. Most facility agreements allow you to use employer equipment, but check with your branch if you are unsure. Ensure that you have access to use ZOOM or TEAMs.

What happens if I need to cancel my place on an e-leaning course?
Due to our members learning courses being in high demand, with waiting lists if we exceed numbers, we ask that you notify us as a matter of urgency to enable us to be able to offer the place to others who may be on the waiting list.

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