Fire Fighter Jason Sadler, based at Haywards Heath Fire Station, enrolled onto unionlearn's Distance Learning Programme after the Fire Brigades Union's Education and Lifelong Learning team visited Fire Stations in West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (FRS). Jason chose to study the Mental Health Awareness course and after submitting 4 assessments over a 4-month period was very pleased to have achieved this Level 2 Qualification.
Jason commented that "having been out of formal education for so long it took me some time to get back into the swing of learning, researching and putting down on paper so it made sense to somebody else and not just me!"
He further expressed that "the course has given me a greater understanding of mental health issues and will certainly be of use in my job as a Firefighter when we visit people in the community who may have a form of mental health illness".
The reason Jason chose this course was to find out more information about two specific areas of mental health but as he states "I ended up finding all sections of mental health interesting and informative".
Jason says he found the course challenging but also very well put together with excellent tutor support/feedback and is a great learning opportunity provided by the FBU.