Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

Ref: C2420703

There is a growing awareness that mental ill-health is something experienced by large numbers of the populace, almost can be said to be common, yet it remains a stigma to admit to having poor well-being. The media seems to talk about mental health only when there has been an incident where a sufferer of, say, schizophrenia lashes out at others with a knife during a psychotic episode. This portrays all sufferers as being unpredictable and can make life, already hard, much harder. Mental ill-health is the disability that can't be seen on the outside and that can make it hard to get the benefits entitled to, though not the scorn some media pour on all benefit claimants. This taster explores such issues but will also consider one form of mental illness, that of acute anxiety. Feeling stress is a common experience: For some people, stress brings both mental and physical consequences and so is worth exploring.

Additional information about this course

This taster session is free to parents and carers whose children attend schools in Enfield. For more information, or to book a place on this course please contact Jeanette Fuster at Carterhatch Infants School on 020 8804 6886, or contact Dave Brown (tutor) on 07484 247828.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to mental health awareness, definitions, explorations and concerns

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define mental ill-health in the context of emotional well-being
  • Achieve some understanding of the causes of anxiety and its potential consequences, and have some thoughts on how anxiety might be challenged
  • Decide if they would like to join an extended introductory course on mental health awareness

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring pen and paper to be able make notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Introduction to Mental Health Awareness


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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