Lesley Tait, Head of Early Years and School Age Childcare at FCSS, has successfully completed her TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness. The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness provides learners with an understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect it. The course is designed to help individuals develop the knowledge and skills needed to support people with mental health problems, and to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
The course covers a range of topics related to mental health, including the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions, the impact of mental health problems on individuals and society, and the ways in which mental health can be managed and treated.
Lesley will now be able to provide direct support to our team members and the children and families who reply on our services.
“Having completed the course through West Ayrshire College, it inspired me to continue with another qualification and I have now completed Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Course (SMHFA) to become a first aider.
“Mental health problems are very common with as many as 1 in 4 people experiencing crisis. As a mental health first aider, I can offer comfort and support in a crisis until help arrives. Knowing how to respond in a crisis is a key part of mental health first aid, and it has given me confidence to know that I am offering effective support and not making things worse. My role is very short term, with me providing support until other help can be found or accessed, this could be from family or friends, a GP, a telephone helpline, a hospital accident and emergency department, or an ambulance.”