Title: Mental health awareness for health professionals 

Date: 5 December 2020

Course leader: Sandie Ennis

Cost: £109- £135


This course is now taking place as an online event.


About the course

Are you looking to take a proactive approach to deal with mental health issues in your clinic and the workplace?  Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition, and research has shown that work is the most significant cause of stress which can stop people performing at their best.  People often hide mental health conditions because of stigma and the fear of discrimination or present to manual therapists with an array of physical symptoms costly to industry and an additional stressor to those affected.

This course introduces first aid for mental health to health professionals with an interest in gaining a better understanding of common mental health illnesses affecting their patients, or colleagues. It aims to give you the ability to spot the early signs and symptoms, (not diagnose) of a range of mental health conditions, recognize common triggers in mental ill health and signs that someone may need support. At the end of the course, you will have deepened your non-judgemental listening skills, explored the role of a first aid action plan for mental health which will give you the confidence to know when and how to signpost a person to professional help and manage their self-care. Mental health awareness training helps health professionals to become role models to promote a greater understanding of mental health in the total wellbeing of patients, colleagues and themselves.

Please be aware that this course covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. If a delegate feels overwhelmed, they can step out at any time. However, if you feel in advance that this subject may be too distressing please do not book. For support with your mental health, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111.


Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered 

A) Communication and patient partnership A1, A2, A5,

B) Knowledge, skills and performance  B2, B3

C) Safety and quality in practice C1, C4, C6

D Professionalism D2, D10, D11


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental ill-health
  • Be able to provide initial help to stop mental ill health from worsening
  • Signpost the person towards appropriate professional help
  • Have the tools to break the stigma of a mental health problem
  • Be mindful of their own wellbeing with self-care tips



09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 09:45  Introduction

09:45 – 10:15  What is first aid for mental health?

10:15 – 10:45 Identifying mental health conditions 

10:45 – 11:15 Guidance on how to start a difficult conversation

                       Your own health, emotions and well-being

                       Breakout session 1

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:00 Stress

12:00 – 12:30 Drugs and alcohol misuse

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30 Mental health conditions – Depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide

14:30 – 15:30 First aid action plan for mental health

                       Signposting to professional support, treatments, self-help strategies

                       Breakout session 2 to consolidate learning

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:30 Mental health in the workplace. Breakout session 3

16:30 – 17:00 Putting it all together, partner and group work to formulate action plans                         

                       Breakout session 4

17:00 – 17:30 Summary Q & A

Course suitability

The course is suitable for qualified healthcare practitioners.


About the course leader

Sandie Ennis qualified as an osteopath in 2009 and is also comprehensively certified Pilates teacher and somatic movement coach. She had completed extensive postgraduate studies including cranial and classical osteopathy, SCCO pathway, women’s health and training in paediatrics. She currently divides her time between private osteopathic practice, teaching individual and small group Pilates, devising and delivering specialist education; lecturing, training and CPD workshops. Sandie hold a PgCert in clinical and academic education and has completed an Ofqual regulated Instructor Training programme and holds FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health and is a certified First Aid Instructor/Assessor.

Equipment recommended for the course

Laptop or tablet to view notes digitally.


Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.