understanding mental health online learning

Understanding Mental Health – Online Learning

It’s time to change the way we think of, and approach, mental health in the workplace. With this e-learning course:

  • Describe mental health and why it is important to create a workplace culture that supports it
  • Review the different types of personality disorders that can arise, what to look out for and the symptoms
  • Explore the different types of mental illness that can exist, what to look out for and the symptoms
  • Recognise the impact of mental health in the workplace
  • Describe what to do when mental health issues arise in the workplace
  • Establish methods of talking about mental health in the workplace
  • Help create a positive healthy workplace environment where individuals are supported, and plans are in place to manage concerns
  • Identify current competencies for managing mental health and developing an action plan to fill any gaps​

Course Introduction

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their life and stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sick absence at work. While mental health problems are common and can typically be treated relatively easily, there is often still a stigma attached to the topic.

Fortunately, improving the mental health of employees has become a priority for most businesses who now recognise the benefits a positive approach to mental wellbeing can have. It has become clear that by helping people understand mental health issues, businesses are better able to assist employees in taking care of themselves and those around them.

This mental health e-learning course sets out to provide your learners with a wide understanding of mental health issues and the signs to look out for with their colleagues and themselves. The aim is to support the promotion of a safe and respectful workplace culture, with teams that are better equipped to manage concerns that arise around mental health and actively support each other.

By creating an environment that promotes wellbeing, employees feel supported and valued.

The first three modules of this Mental Health at Work E-Learning Course will help raise learners awareness of mental health issues. Giving them an understanding of the potential issues and the confidence to raise concerns about mental health, whether it be their own or that of their colleagues.

The final three modules of the e-learning course focus on a leaders role in supporting mental health issues at work. Raising their ability to identify and manage concerns around the mental health of employees while creating a positive culture and a healthy workplace.

We can offer these courses separately for your different audiences.

Course Content

Module 1 - What is mental health?
  • Review some of the relevant statistics around mental health
  • Identify what mental health is and give some examples
  • Establish some of the legal requirements around mental health
  • Explore how having a mentally healthy workforce can help an organisation.
Module 2 - Types of personality disorders
  • Understand how personality disorders differ from a mental health illness
  • Compare the difference between a personality trait and a personality disorder
  • Establish the three symptoms of personality clusters
  • Review examples of how personality disorders are described in everyday language
  • Identify why personality disorders are often difficult to diagnose.
Module 3 - Types of mental illness
  • Explore how mental health issues can be caused or exacerbated by work
  • Review and identify the symptoms, causes and common treatments for the following mental health conditions:
  1. Schizophrenia
  2. Stress
  3. Generalised anxiety disorder
  4. Post-traumatic stress disorder
  5. Depression​
Module 4 - Mental health in the workplace
  • Identify what presenteeism is and the impact it has on businesses
  • Establish what percentage of employees are affected by mental health issues
  • Understand what managers and employers should not do, if someone explains they have a mental health issue
  • Review some of the legal responsibilities that employers have with regard to mental health issues
  • Establish an outline for talking about mental health issues.
Module 5 - Creating a healthy workplace environment
  • Know why preventing mental health issues is as important as making provisions for those who already have an issue
  • Identify eight areas where changes can be made to create a healthier work environment:
  1. awareness of mental health issues
  2. stigma
  3. supporting individuals
  4. building skills and resilience
  5. facilitating access to support services
  6. promoting positive job roles
  7. assessing risks
  • Understand the importance of policies related to mental health
  • Review how an action plan could be implemented.​
Module 6 - Stress management competency indicator
  • Take a questionnaire to establish how competent they feel they are as managers in these four areas:
  1. Managing emotions and having integrity
  2. Communicating existing and future work
  3. Supporting the individual within the team
  4. Managing difficult situations.
  • Identify what actions they think they should take next in terms of their professional development in this area
  • Develop a mental health policy​
Module 7 – Assessment and CPD certificate
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners​


All content can be adapted and altered to suit your needs. Courses are white-label as standard, but can include logos and branding where required. We can also provide AI generated language translations on demand.


All content is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure technical accuracy, best practice and legal compliance for your learners. Updates are all automatically made to content.


Your employees will receive personalised and dated certificates upon successful completion of our CPD certified e-learning courses. All courses have relevant accreditations.


Deliver e-learning courses via your own branded learning portal provided by us or upload our regularly updated courses to your own LMS if you would prefer.

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