Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – Mental Health Awareness

11 May 2021 11:30am–3:00pm


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.

Part 1

  • Discuss some facts about mental health and mental health problems
  • Challenge myths and misconceptions
  • Explore public attitudes and stigma

Part 2

  • Understand social and medical responses to medical distress
  • Explore what might be helpful to promote mental health
  • Focus on some workplace examples


This event is for UNISON South West Members.

This session also includes a 20 minute break

A log in link to the online workshop will be sent to you to join the session. If you have any queries about access please do not hesitate to contact us.

This session will be run via Microsoft TEAMS. We advise the use of a laptop or tablet to ensure you can engage in the learning fully.

UNISON working in collaboration with OU – The Open University

CLOSING DATE: Sunday 9th May 6pm


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 evening 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.