UNISON learning for mental health and wellbeing

This is a strange time. Your workload may have doubled – or you may have been asked to stay at home and avoid other people. Things may be difficult, or stressful, or frightening.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered together some resources designed to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Some of these were created by UNISON; some come from other organisations that we work with.

First up, there’s our Staying Strong online course. This is based on our very popular stress awareness workshop. It explores some of the different forms of stress and the way that it can affect you, and introduces some techniques to help you deal with stress. You can work through it at your own pace and return to it whenever you like. You’ll find it on our e-learning site – use your My.UNISON account to log in.

Staying Strong online course

Or you can watch the recording of a webinar of that same course. (UNISON activists can also find this on the Organising Space.)

Staying Strong webinar

Our new partnership with Staff Skills Academy means that we’re now able to offer our members free access to over 550 online courses, including:

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • How to Improve Your Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aid

Find out more

The Open University has a wealth of free courses on their OpenLearn site. Here are just a few from their selection of courses on mental health:

  • A Support Net: can you help someone in need?
  • Understanding depression and anxiety
  • Work and mental health
  • Journeying through wellbeing

OpenLearn courses on mental health and wellbeing

They also have a course on panic attacks and how to deal with them.

Panic attacks: what they are and what to do about them

The Reading Agency have produced a list of ‘books on prescription’. These are a selection of accessible science and self-help books that have been recommended to help people cope with various difficult life situations. If your library offers an e-book download service, you may be able to borrow some of these.

Books on Prescription: mental health

If you prefer the ‘little and often’ approach to learning, you might enjoy Wranx’s modules on Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals. Wranx is an app that asks you a few questions each day, adapting to your knowledge and confidence levels as it goes.


And the London City Hall site has an extremely helpful list of resources, many of which will be useful to people outside the city as well.

Coronavirus and looking after your mental health

UNISON’s coronavirus advice hub