Aspiral Learning – Mental Health Awareness

In honour of Mental Health Awareness week, we wanted to highlight the great work of Aspiral Learning, an organisation which currently delivers the Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness.

Sally Claughton, Business Development Manager at Aspiral Learning, commented: “The main reason we chose to deliver Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness was due to the press surrounding mental illness.

“We believe it’s vital for individuals to have more information and a better understanding of mental health which will hopefully remove the stigma that’s often attached to it. The information included in the qualification is excellent; the different types of mental illness are explained in great detail to ensure a thorough understanding.”

Aspiral Learning currently deliver the qualification on a distance learning basis which they have found to be very beneficial to their learners. They have delivered qualifications in this way for almost two years which has worked extremely well.

As the employer-focused, national provider arm of Basingstoke College of Technology, Aspiral Learning usually specialise in providing training services for business. However, by adding the Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, they have been able to help and engage with different kinds of learners outside of the business sector.

Sally added: “One of the best outcomes of delivering the qualification is that we’ve seen learners who have children who suffer from mental illnesses; this qualification has helped the parents understand how and why it can affect individuals and helped their personal situations.”

Clarissa Harrington, Business Development Officer at NCFE, added: “We have really enjoyed working with Aspiral Learning and we are really impressed with the way they constantly improve the way they deliver qualifications to ensure employers’ requirements are met. Their employer engagement is fantastic.”

The Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May each year. We have a range of qualifications in mental health*, which aim to raise learners’ awareness and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. A number of these qualifications have been developed in collaboration with NHS Foundation Trust and mental health charity Tyneside Mind.

Find out more about our mental health awareness qualifications*.

*These qualifications are currently provided by NCFE and are being realigned to the CACHE portfolio from September 2017.