Course description

Course description

The mental health awareness course is part of BECTU’s commitment to address the needs of reps in the area of mental health, so that they feel better equipped to meet the needs of their members in the workplace.

Mental health is a key issue for trade unions and the course will enable participants to build knowledge around the subject of mental health, so that they feel able to support colleagues, raise awareness and pursue progress with the employer, in order to build a more positive workplace.

Course participants will be able to explore themes through discussion, in a sensitive, friendly and supportive environment.


Course aims

The course will help participants to:

  • develop a deeper understanding of  mental health conditions
  • develop an understanding of the law and mental health
  • identify best practice for developing workplace policies
  • identify best practice for addressing workplace stress
  • develop an action plan for organising around mental health in the workplace.


Course activities

  • Mental health conditions.

The course will enable participants to explore the different mental health conditions that may affect colleagues in the workplace.

  • The law and mental health

The course will consider how the law can support colleagues with mental health conditions, as defined in the Equality Act 2010. 

  • Workplace policies and practices

The course will consider what currently happens in the workplace around mental health, focusing in particular on workplace policies.

  • Work related stress

The course will consider the impact of stress on colleagues and the workplace. Participants will explore ways of overcoming issues around work related stress.

  • Raising the profile of mental health in the workplace

Participants will explore opportunities to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, in order to bring benefits for colleagues, the union and the employer. 

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This is a one-day non-residential course which usually runs from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
Lunch will be provided.