This course places mental ill health within the context of adult learners and covers the size of the challenge, its many impacts and practical ways to overcome it, both as a learner and as a mentor supporting learners.
To help us on this learning journey, we’re going to imagine that you’ve just become the Chief Executive Officer of your country’s leading professional membership association for teaching and learning professionals in the adult education sector. Your organisation primarily provides membership services for teachers, learning support staff and other education professionals. However, the size of its membership means that it also has some influence over the universities, colleges and training providers where its members work.
The course is split across three lessons with each one representing a different aspect of the mental health pandemic for you to consider as part of your leadership role. You are committed to make a positive difference whilst in this role which is why your research skills will be needed. Each lesson contains articles, videoclips and websites that are accessed using the “Materials” tab. This tab can be found above each of the different scenarios you are faced with and also above the assessment questions where you will make important decisions about the direction of your organisation.
These resources will not hand you the assessment answers immediately. You will need to read and digest them to find the specific pieces of information needed to answer the questions. This will have the effect of cementing the learning in your memory as you use what learning psychologists call “active processing” to understand the materials and extract the information you need. If you get an answer wrong, don’t despair; go back and look again. All the information you need is there to be found. Remember that one or more of the options may be correct for each assessment question. Select as many of the options as you think are applicable.
To demonstrate how education professionals can help themselves and their learners to successfully manage their mental health and wellbeing by reviewing the size of the challenge, the many impacts of mental ill health and practical ways to improve it.
- Understand the size and nature of mental health issues within society and, in particular, the workplace and adult learning sectors.
- Suggest tools and strategies that can be used to overcome stress and incessant thinking.
- Evaluate the professional requirements of practitioners intending to support learners with mental health challenges and the importance of related support structures and quality assurance mechanisms.