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Overview

Framework:
RQF
Level:
Level 3
Unit No:
A/616/3047
Credits:
3
Guided learning hours:
20 hours

Aim

SFH044- This unit aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the key concepts of mental wellbeing, mental health and mental health promotion. It focuses on the range of factors that can influence mental wellbeing and how to effectively promote mental wellbeing and mental health with individuals and groups in a variety of contexts, not just specialist mental health services.

Unit Learning Outcomes

1

Understand the different views on the nature of mental well-being and mental health and the factors that may influence both across the life span.

Learners are required to ‘explain the range of factors that may influence mental well-being and mental health problems across the life span’.

The qualification is aimed at those working with people aged over the age of 18, but learners are expected to demonstrate their understanding of how factors arising from individuals’ early lives may influence their well-being as adults and the potential impact of levels of well-being in adulthood on their well-being in later life.

This is in order to promote a holistic and whole person approach to understanding well-being and mental health.

Learners are not expected to have a detailed understanding of mental health issues for children and young people or older people.

Biological factors - These are the physical causes that can affect a person’s mental health. They can include genetic and hereditary dispositions that could lead to an increased risk of mental health issues, physical injuries (such as head wounds), trauma suffered during pregnancy, problems with diet or vitamin deficiencies, certain infection or diseases that have symptoms which manifest as mental illnesses as well as substance abuse by the patient.

Social and emotional factors - These are the factors caused by a person’s surroundings or events which happen to them. Stress caused by work, neighbours, financial trouble or the loss of a loved one can all contribute to mental health problems as well as trauma suffered as a child.

Unlike physical factors, environmental factors are more psychologically based and are usually treated through psychotherapy and counselling.

Psychological factors include:

  • severe psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • an important early loss, such as the loss of a parent
  • neglect
  • poor ability to relate to others.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Evaluate two different views on the nature of mental well-being and mental health.

  • 1.2

    Explain the range of factors that may influence mental well-being and mental health problems across the life span, including:

    • biological factors
    • social factors
    • psychological factors
    • emotional factors

    Life span – learners are expected to demonstrate their understanding of how factors arising from individuals’ early lives may influence their well-being as adults and the potential impact of levels of well-being in later life. This is in order to promote a holistic and whole-person approach to understanding well-being and mental health.

  • 1.3

    Explain how risk factors and protective factors influence levels of resilience in individuals and groups in relation to mental well-being and mental health.

    Risk factors: including inequalities, poor quality social relationships

    Protective factors: including socially valued roles, social support and contact

    Individual refers to someone requiring care or support; it will usually mean the person or people supported by the learner


2

Know how to implement an effective strategy for promoting mental well-being and mental health with individuals and groups.

Learners should be able to explain the steps that an individual may take to promote their mental well-being and mental health such as:

  • connecting with people around them
  • being active
  • eating healthy foods
  • learning new things
  • giving to others
  • being mindful.

They should be able to explain how to help an individual to promote their mental well-being such as by:

  • listening to them
  • respecting them
  • encouraging them.

They should be able to evaluate local, national and international strategies designed to help the individual by, for example:

  • planning activities
  • giving them confidence
  • communication - listening and talking to them.

This could include strategies developed by national charities such as Mind or government initiatives such as the ‘No health without mental health’ implementation framework.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Explain the steps that an individual may take to promote their mental well-being and mental health.

  • 2.2

    Explain how to support an individual in promoting their mental well-being and mental health.

  • 2.3

    Evaluate a strategy for supporting an individual in promoting their mental well-being and mental health.

  • 2.4

    Describe key aspects of a local, national or international strategy to promote mental well-being and mental health within a group or community.

  • 2.5

    Evaluate a local, national or international strategy to promote mental well-being and mental health within a group or community.


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