This module is one of the newest to come forward in relation to driver CPC. Mental health is just as important as physical health for drivers, as it could impact driving abilities, such as reaction times.
The start of the training will explain a basic introduction into the role of good wellbeing. This includes mental health issues and what it means to have good mental health.
What to look for
Regarding mental health, you may be asked to point out what certain conditions an individual may have. This could include understanding if someone is dealing with a condition which could be putting other road users at risk.
You may also be asked to give examples of contributing factors which can impact mental health. The instructor will also explain the difference between emotional and rational thought.
Good Mental Health
You will be taught what good mental health would entail. Although, you may be asked to recognise mental health stigmas, and how to avoid these. You will also be shown where you can get additional support, in the event that you feel as if you need it.
General wellbeing includes understanding how healthy eating can impact driving behaviour. You may be instructed to outline what healthy eating regimes you should implement in your lifestyle. This will include the Eatwell plate, exercise and how sleep can benefit your wellbeing.
The instructor will also discuss the importance of identifying and handling stress, which will further relate to road rage incidents.
The instructor will discuss topics, such as self-harm, suicide and isolations. You will be instructed on how to spot these symptoms and how you can aid in prevention of these topics for those who are dealing with these issues. However, you will understand where your “responsibility” lies within these situations.
Your instructor will give you information on where to go for mental health support, and options those may have, such as medication, services and primary care.
Common Mental Health Issues
The instructor will discuss the common mental health issues that many people face daily. This will include descriptions and symptoms of these mental health issues.
Road rage incidents
In some cases, incidents could be caused by angry drivers. You will be taught how to deal with this situation, in the even that you may become intwined with a road rage incident.
How you handle situations where you or another road user has become agitated can be the difference between avoiding an incident, or being in a collision. We will discuss how you should handle situations which could escalate if not handled correctly.
You will learn and be expected to understand how road rage can lead to rash and inappropriate decision making, but more importantly, how it can put other road users at risk.
You will also be expected to understand the different types of angry drivers, and how to avoid conflict, this will include what to do if there is someone near you who is driving irrationally.
Once you have completed this course, you will have this session logged as 7 hours of your CPC log.