Intqual-pro amongst the first to deliver new mental health qualification

Approximately 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem each year in the UK, and 1 in 6 reports experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week. Although the volume of those who suffer with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, coping mechanisms including self-harm and suicidal thoughts are drastically increasing.

In a bid to help counter the issue, Intqual-pro have become an approved provider of the new ProQual Mental Health First Aid qualification. The specialist training provider has led the way with regulated qualifications in a range of safeguarding, cyber safety and radicalisation related subjects, and as such, has seen the clear link between mental health conditions and safeguarding vulnerabilities.

Intqual-pro explains that mental health conditions are very often an indicator of other safeguarding concerns, or at times an enabler for abuse and exploitation. They further add that an ability to identify signs and symptoms of mental health and offer appropriate support, is a critical factor in reducing the risks to an individual.

In the latest report of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide with People with Mental Illness, published in 2015, it was found that between 2003-2013, 28 per cent (13,972) of general population suicides were identified as patient suicides – i.e. the person concerned had been in contact with mental health services in the 12 months prior.

These figures and other reports clearly show that more needs to be done to safeguard those with mental health problems. This new qualification has been developed to provide regulated training and to offer organisations the assurance that they are both capable and confident to engage with those that need mental health support.

Barry Searle, Director of Training at Intqual-pro, comments:

“At Intqual-pro we have been involved with adult safeguarding and associated topics such as online bullying and radicalisation for a number of years and in almost all of the cases that we are exposed to there is an element of mental health and missed opportunities for support and intervention.

The average mental health condition goes without treatment for 10 years, which again highlights the growing need for networks of qualified mental health first aid practitioners across our places of work, to provide early support and guidance to those that require it. We are proud to be amongst the first organisations in the UK that are approved to deliver the new ProQual qualification.”

In 2015, Intqual-pro became heavily involved in safeguarding and has since become the UK’s leading provider of the Level 2 Award in Understanding PREVENT and Safeguarding Strategies. As an industry leader in the design, development and delivery of intelligence, cyber and security associated qualifications, the company continues to work with a range of high-profile organisations.

You can contact Intqual-pro on 01234 381158 or enquiries@intqual-pro.com.

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