At any point in time, staff who support people with mental health illnesses and sometimes learning disabilities in nonclinical settings may be working with a range of mental health conditions such as:
- Post Ttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Dissociative Identity Disorders
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- It is therefore important for those supporting people to have a general awareness of these conditions. This is where mental health awareness training comes in. Mental health awareness training covers the basic information any person working in a nonclinical role should know about the most common mental health illnesses such as those listed above. Topics that should be covered in any awareness course are:
- What the disorder or illness is.
- Possible causes
- Common symptoms
- Various forms or classifications of the illness
- Available treatments
- Other common forms of support for people with the illness
It is very important that staff have a good awareness of these topics on any mental illness they are supporting people with. In my next post I will explain why having this level of awareness is really important.