Course Profile

Course Profile: Depression (1 Day)
Feeling a bit 'down' or 'depressed' is a common experience. Because of this we may not always quite understand that for some people Depression may be totally devastating and indeed life-threatening. Depression ignored can be extremely high risk and a 'pull yourself together' attitude can be most unhelpful.
This course aims to provide an overview of the different types of Depression, why people get depressed, the progress of the condition and the risks involved. Learners will reflect on the support needs of the person as well as medical and other interventions.
The course is informed by material from DSM(IV), SANE, MIND, MHF, NIMH, NICE. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links to the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  HWB 1.2
Care certificate: 1.4, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13.2
QCF: CMH301, HSC026, 2012
The course is designed for Health & Social Care staff working with people in all settings. The course would also be suitable to managers without previous training.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • Definitions of Depression incl. 'Clinical Depression' and 'Chronic Depression'
  • How and by whom Depression is diagnosed
  • The difference between Reactive Depression and Endogenous Depression
  • Who gets Depression-statistics
  • What causes Reactive Depression: A medical view, Other ideas
  • The signs and symptoms of Reactive Depression
  • Treatments available: Medication, Talking help, Others
  • How the support worker can help
  • What causes Endogenous Depression
  • The signs and symptoms of Endogenous Depression
  • Treatments available: Medication, Talking help, Others
  • How support workers can help
  • What is Mania and Bipolar Disorder
  • What causes Bipolar Disorder-different views
  • Signs & Symptoms of Bipolar Condition
  • Treatments and support for Bipolar Condition
  • How support workers can help
  • Suicide-the risks and the statistics
  • The need to be vigilant
  • Self-help and available resources
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Group work, Feedback, Role play, PowerPoint, Chalk & talk, Handouts