RMT Learning - Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

Circular No. ED/115/20

18th May 2020


To: All RMT, Staff, Officers, Branches, Regions and NEC members


Dear Colleagues

RMT LEARNING – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 18-24 May 2020

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is probably more important than ever due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. This year the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness and I’m sure we have all seen fantastic examples of kindness during the current situation. Our members, colleagues and families have had to adapt, change their way of living and working and this can have a significant impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

Taking care of your mental health and well-being whether you are in the workplace, isolating or working from home during the Coronavirus outbreak can be really difficult. With this in mind, RMT Learning has teamed up with a variety of providers to source resources and training to help you look after health during these difficult times.

There are a range of resources available to highlight Mental Health Awareness Week and these can be found at:
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
If you would like more specific resources around mental health and coronavirus try visiting:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

WRANX short courses
RMT Learning is working with Unionlearn and WRANX to support our members by offering a range of free online bite-sized training modules.
These include:
Raising Awareness of Mental Health
Working from home and Mental Health
Wranx is an online training tool that can be accessed on any device to provide learning that improves knowledge retention, even with as little as 2-3 minutes of training a day.

To sign up visit:
https://unionlearn.ulp.wranx.com/

TUC e-Notes
TUC Education's eLearning modules are great resources to help keep up to date on key workplace issues. Here you will find short bite-sized modules (eNotes) and longer eLearning courses. Each eNote is a self-contained module that contains a mixture of text, video and quizzes. They last between 20 and 45 minutes and can be returned to as many times as you like.
Mental Health in the Workplace is a short eNote that can be accessed by visiting:
https://www.tuceducation.org.uk/local/enotes/index.php

Mental Health Awareness Courses
RMT Learning have teamed up with Learning Curve and The Skills Network to access courses in Mental Health Awareness. These courses are free subject to eligibility and provide learners with increased skills and knowledge, awareness and a level 1 or 2 qualification.
These courses include:
Awareness of Mental Health Problems
Mental Health First Aid

They can be accessed by visiting:
https://lcgonline.formstack.com/forms/level_2_course_enrolment?referral=RMT

https://rmtlearning.theskillsnetwork.com/

Futurelearn Courses

COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/low-mood-during-covid-19

Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/food-and-mood

Befriending Service – ‘Lets Keep Talking’
‘Let’s keep talking’ is a totally free, confidential service from Psychological Therapies to make a small contribution to help others keep mentally active and connected during the current
If this feels like something that you or someone you know may benefit from, please follow the link below to watch a short video which gives you details of what the service is, the frequency and how to access the service. Further information can be obtained from Kate on 07894 612249 or email suzi@psychological-therapies-unit.co.uk
To see the video…
https://youtu.be/i0__m5vvSFU

I hope you find these resources of assistance, for further details please contact the RMT Learning team at 02075298820

Yours sincerely

General Secretary