Mental Health in the Workplace Level 2 (VTQ)
CPD Certified Training Approved by Skills for Care

This one day course is ideal for all employees to give them a better understanding of mental health in the workplace.  We also offer a level two course for managers and those who need a higher level of training.

ProTrainings are one of the few Skills for Care centres of Excellence where we passed stringent checks to prove our commitment to high-quality training and compliance. We are also able to offer Skills for Care Endorsed qualifications for our classroom and video online training courses ensuring you have an acceptable certificate to prove your compliance.  This means that our training meets the high standards expected by Skills for Care.

This ProTrainings Qualification is also endorsed by TQUK, who are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual. This gives an extra level of appreciation on this ProTrainings qualification. You can buy an endorsed certificate if you need one, once you pass the course. You do not have to buy this extra certificate and the course is the same whichever option you choose. 

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

  • Employees
  • Managers
  • Care workers
  • Meaning of Mental Health and Mental Ill Health 
  • The Components of Mental Well-being 
  • Risk Factors Associated with Mental Ill-health Problems 
  • Examples of Mental Health Problems 
  • How Mental Health Problems Affect Day-to-Day Living 
  • Social and Cultural Attitudes to Mental Illness 
  • Mental Health and Discrimination 
  • Stereotyping in Mental Health 
  • Impact of Stigma in Mental Ill Health 
  • Causes of Stress 
  • Signs and Symptoms of Useful and Harmful Stress 
  • Managing Stress 
  • Difference between Anxiety and Panic attack 
  • When is Anxiety a Mental Health Problem? 
  • Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Symptoms of Depression and Causes 
  • Managing Depression Mental Health in the Workplace 
  • Why is Mental Health not Discussed at Work? 
  • What Legislation applies to Mental Health in the UK? 
  • What are The Management Standards? 
  • The Six Stressor Areas in the Workplace 
  • Employers Duty of Care 
  • Obligations in the Workplace 
  • Removing Stigma in the Workplace 
  • The 5 Components of Emotional Intelligence 
  • Recognising Changes in an Employee 
  • Recognising own Changes as an Employee 
  • How Do Those Changes Affect the Workplace? 
  • Difficulty in Disclosing Mental Health 
  • Starting a Discussion and Advice to Help with a Discussion 
  • Advice for Manager/Employer Offering Support 
  • Absence Due to (Mental) Illness 
  • Supporting People to Stay at or Return to Work 
  • Promoting a Healthy Workplace 
  • Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing
  • Understanding Mental Health 
  • Recognising and discussing different mental ill 
  • Health Problems 
  • Mental Health and legislation 
  • Understanding responsibilities in the workplace under mental health 
  • Recognising a problem 
  • Supporting an employee with mental health related problems 
  • Promoting a healthy workplace

Learning Outcomes – PRO/499/MHWL2

These learning outcomes are mapped to meet a Mental Health in the Workplace Level 2 (VTQ)

criterion. Each learning outcome presents a knowledge, skill or assessment to help students

understand the curriculum in finer detail. Learning Outcomes (LO)

The learner will:


UNIT - 1

Understand the difference between mental health and mental ill health.


Describe how mental health affects human behaviour


Understand mental health and how it relates to mental ill health


Describe the components of mental well-being and how it relates to resilience.


Be able to provide examples of well-being in the workplace


Understanding resilience and the capacity to stay mentally well during difficult situations


Understand how to positively support individual well-being in the workplace


Understand how risk factors associated with mental ill health can lead to problems in the workplace.


Be aware of risk factors that are caused from mental health


Be able to recognise how mental health problems can affect day-to-day living


Recognise how mental health can lead to other known character traits


Understand how mental health problems can affect normality from one day to another


Understand how social and cultural attitudes can lead to mental illness


Recognise how stigma and discrimination can lead to overwhelming influences on individuals, communities and societies


Understand how stereotyping can lead to prejudice, discrimination and inequality


Be able to understand the Equality Act 2010 and its significance to mental health


Understanding causes of stress and knowing how stress can stem from influences resulting from work


Understand what stress is and how it is commonly defined


Be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of useful stress and harmful stress


Be able to manage stress in the workplace – local and workplace support and self-management


Be able to understand the difference between an Anxiety and a Panic attack


Describe what an anxiety is and how it becomes a mental health problem


  • CQC website link
  • Eating disorders facts
  • Factsheet on Anxiety Disorders
  • Free student first aid program leaflet
  • HSE - An example of a stress policy
  • HSE - Tackling work-related stress using the Management Standards approach
  • HSE - What are the Management Standards?
  • HSE Management Standards Indicator Tool sheet
  • HSE Stress in the Workplace website
  • How to Manage and Reduce Stress leaflet
  • How to be mentally healthy at work - MIND leaflet link
  • How to manage stress - MIND leaflet link
  • Link to workplace mental health document
  • MIND employer resources link
  • MIND website
  • Mental Health Foundation website
  • Mental health UK website
  • NHS Choices Web link
  • NHS Mental Health website
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder facts
  • Panic Attack - Anxiety UK Brief Guide
  • Personality disorders facts
  • Schizophrenia facts
  • Talking toolkit - Preventing workplace stress from the HSE
  • Understanding anxiety and panic attacks - MIND leaflet link
  • Understanding depression - MIND leaflet link
  • Understanding mental health problems - MIND leaflet link
  • Work related stress depression or anxiety statistics in Great Britain, 2018 - HSE document
  • Working together to reduce stress at work - HSE leaflet
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