We worked with 1st4sport and Mind to develop a mental health awareness eLearning course designed specifically for sports coaches.
Despite high-profile mental health awareness campaigns and much media discussion in recent years, there are still many misconceptions about the issue, and some stigma around discussing it openly. Exercise can help to maintain good mental health, but unfortunately, mental health problems can create barriers to joining in with sports and physical activity.
1st4sport are a leading provider of training for sports coaches in the UK. Working with Mind, the mental health charity, they commissioned us to create an online mental health awareness course to help sports coaches to better understand the subject so that they feel more informed and confident about making their sessions more inclusive and supportive to all their participants.
The training course covered areas including understanding mental health and misconceptions, recognising the barriers to participating in physical activity, and being confident in having conversations about mental health; not the easiest topics to address in an online context.
As one of the UK’s leading mental health charities, Mind have a very strong and recognisable brand, so we had to keep consistent with their visual identity and tone of voice.
The client chose to work with us based on our experience in bringing together subject matter experts to create engaging content, and on our vision for an interactive, but easy to use learning experience.
We took a story-based approach with the course content, including user stories, scenarios and case studies wherever possible.
We were able to put a human face onto the potentially challenging material we were covering to encourage empathy and understanding from our learners.
Many forms of activity were represented, including wheelchair basketball, football, netball and yoga to name a few. Within a month of launch, the course had a 5-star rating on our client’s learning portal.
“I am delighted that we selected Day One to work with us on our latest eLearning project for Mind, the mental health charity. They were receptive to suggestions and highly professional in the way that they incorporated sensitive case studies, scenarios and user stories to bring home the key messages in a mental health awareness eLearning project.
Following the recent public launch, we received overwhelmingly positive learner feedback and Day One’s contributions and collaboration have played a significant part in this.
Working in partnership with Day One has been a very positive experience.”
Head of Learning & Assessment Services, 1st4sport Qualifications
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