Disability and mental health awareness

Course summary

There are many forms of disability and mental health issues that can affect people at work - some obvious, others subtle or hidden. Organisations have legal and moral responsibilities to provide support and promote opportunities but many people with disabilities and mental health challenges still experience barriers, a lack of understanding and even discrimination.

This course will examine the experiences and challenges of people with disabilities and mental health issues at work, the reasonable adjustments that can be made and the practical steps that everyone can take to promote a supportive and understanding environment.

Course dates and location

We can deliver this course at your venue, for your team, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.

If you would like to attend this course at our London training suite then register your interest with us. Currently, this course is run on request meaning that a date will be scheduled once we have at least three people interested in attending this course. Please contact us to log your interest in this course.

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  • Course outline

    This disability and mental health awareness training course is intended for anyone, at any level, who wishes to develop appropriate tools and understanding to be confident in supporting and promoting disability and mental health awareness within the workplace.

    On the day you will cover:
    • what we mean by disability and by mental health
    • the legal background – how to avoid and deal with direct and indirect disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation
    • policies and procedures to support people with disabilities and mental health issues
    • understanding the experiences of people with disabilities and facing challenges of mental health or neurological difference, including:
    • physical disabilities, such as challenges of mobility
    • sensory disabilities, such as sight and hearing impairments
    • intellectual disabilities, such as challenges of learning and communication
    • mental illness and mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or OCD
    • how to provide support, make reasonable adjustments and take positive action
    • an introduction to neurodiversity – taking a positive and constructive approach to neurological differences
    • recognising and tackling unconscious disability and mental health biases
    • appropriate language and communication in the context of disability and mental health, including myths and misunderstandings, what to say and what to avoid
    • strategies for promoting disability and mental health awareness individually and throughout organisations
    • current issues in workplace disability and mental health awareness
    • common workplace disability and mental health case studies and scenarios
    • where to go for further help, support and information
    • personal problem-solving and action-planning
  • Who is this course for?

    Our Disability and Mental Health Awareness training course is suitable for anyone, at any level of an organisation, who wishes to develop appropriate tools and understanding to be confident in supporting and promoting people with disabilities in the workplace. This course will provide practical tools, regardless of whether you simply wish to improve your own knowledge, to support and champion others or to promote disability and mental health awareness across your whole organisation.

    The course will not teach you to be a medical or mental health professional but will equip you with the everyday skills and knowledge to support and understand. The course leader will be able to address issues specific to your role to ensure you get the most out of the training.

  • What will this course help me do: learning outcomes?

    You will gain an understanding of the context, challenges and strengths of people with a range of disabilities and mental health issues. You will consider the requirements of the Law and how to make reasonable adjustments and take positive action. You will explore the practical steps that can be taken by individuals and by whole organisations to promote understanding and provide support to people with disabilities and mental health issues. You will learn how to use appropriate language and to foster a supportive culture for disability and mental health.

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  • Course fee
    • £512 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
    • £569 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)