The Awareness We Need


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:

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. Bipolar
  3. Depression
  4. Post Ttraumatic Stress Disorder
  5. Personality Disorders
  6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  7. Anxiety Disorders
  8. Dissociative Identity Disorders
  9. 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.


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