Awareness of Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities
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Awareness of Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities

In an average week, it is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the UK experience a common mental health problem.This course will help you to develop a better awareness of mental health conditions, dementia and learning disabilities.One of the best things about working in health and social care, is you get to meet and work with some amazing people.And this includes people who may have some form of mental health condition, dementia or learning disability.No matter what condition someone may have, it’s important that health and social care sector employees work together to remove any barriers that could prevent someone from living well with their condition. Underpinning this is the need to champion people’s rights to independence at all times. Even if you do not directly work with people living with a condition, it is just as important that you are aware of how mental health issues may affect people, and recognise the signs to look out for so that everyone can get the right support as soon as possible.This online training course will help you to develop a better awareness of these conditions and if you are going to be working more directly with people that have a mental health condition, dementia or a learning disability, your employer will provide you with more in-depth and specific training to help provide the best support and meet people’s individual needs.Mental Health Conditions - The Department of Health estimates that 1-in-4 of us will experience a mental health condition at some point in our lives. Dementia - Although different types of dementia will affect people in different ways it is important to understand that all dementia's are progressive. Learning Disabilities - What kind and what level of support an individual needs will depend on their own individual needs. Positive Attitudes - No matter what condition an individual may have the goal of their care and support should always aim to be as individually tailored to the person as possible as well as promoting their independence so that they can live well with their condition. Reporting Concerns - Reporting any concerns that you may have regarding the people you support is a vital role of any H&SC worker. Early Detection - As a health and social care worker the close support that you give to people means that you have a vital role to play in the early detection of any change in their mental state. Adapting Care and Support - If the person you are supporting is living with a mental health condition, dementia or a learning disability in some cases it is likely that their care and support will change over time.  Legal Frameworks, Policy and Guidelines - Legal frameworks, policies and guidelines are always in place to ensure that human rights, inclusion, equal life chances and citizenship are promoted for all. Understanding Mental Capacity in Care - An individual’s mental capacity is their ability to make decisions for themselves. Consent - Ensuring that informed consent is sought out wherever possible will help to champion an individual’s right to choose and maintain dignity and independence.

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