Mental Health Awareness

16 May 2024 1:30pm–4:30pm

Online - Via MS TEAMS

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Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year between 13 – 19th May. Learn with UNISON to be more aware about mental health. 

This is a tutor-led session that will help your general understanding of good versus poor mental health. What are the factors that contribute to mental health problems? What signs and symptoms should you be aware of – in yourself and in others? What help is available for mental health problems? And how can you self-help?   


Course content includes:  

  • What is Mental Health? 
  • Discussion of the key mental health issues – depression, anxiety, stress, psychosis and suicide  
  • Why does everyone have mental health peaks and troughs? What are the usual triggers?  
  • Where do attitudes to mental health issues such as stigma come from.  
  • Monitoring your own mental health. What are the physical signs?  
  • Spotting deteriorating mental health in friends and colleagues  
  • Identification of sources of professional help such as workplace counselling, internal structures such as HR  
  • Mindful workplace –practice of mindfulness techniques for prevention and management of mental health issues in workplace. 

 UNISON & Civicos | via MS TEAMS 



Mental Health Awareness

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

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 during the working day for most 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




Member Learning SW

  • 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.

  • 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 other training and 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 can on occasions create less barriers to members who want to attend learning offered by UNISON. 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.

    Download our Working Together guidelines

  • What should I consider before joining an online course?

    If possible, you should find a quiet space to complete the course either at work or at home.

    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.

    Check the event listing for the platform that we’ll be using and ensure that you have access to use Zoom or Microsoft Teams.