Informed level resources

Resources page for staff working in mental health and suicide prevention at the Informed level.


The ‘Informed Level' provides the essential knowledge and skills required by all staff working in health and social care to contribute to mental health improvement and the prevention of self-harm and suicide. It also encapsulates most of the wider public health workforce who need to be informed about mental health and wellbeing and be able to respond to someone who is experiencing mental distress, or mental ill health, and who might be at risk of self-harm or suicide. This level is also applicable more broadly, and can have relevance to everyone, in any workplace, workforce or community who has the opportunity and ability to positively impact on their own and others’ mental health and wellbeing and contribute to supporting people experiencing mental ill health and preventing self-harm or suicide.  

Informed level module

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Mental health module

This module comprises three animations and check your learning quizzes covering mental wellbeing, suicide prevention and having compassionate conversations with people who are experiencing mental distress or may be feeling suicidal. While each animation can be viewed on its own, we recommended all 3 are completed. 


Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and preventing Self Harm and Suicide

The animations below have been co-produced by NHS Education for Scotland and Public Health Scotland to support the implementation of Scotland’s Public Health Priorities for Mental Health, Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027; and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan – Every Life Matters. They are designed to support learning about mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention specifically for the wider Children and Young People’s workforce at the informed level of practice of the Knowledge and Skills Framework. 

They will support the knowledge and skills of those in health, social care and the wider public sectors who need to be informed about mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention in relation to children and young people. In particular, they will help workers to understand the factors that influence mental health and resilience in children and young people; engage proactively with children and young people about mental health, self-harm and suicide; and recognise when to seek help to support those in their care. 

Some people may find these themes distressing and advice and sources of support can be found at the end of the animation. 

We all have mental health, and everyone has a part to play in supporting Children and Young People’s mental health and keeping them safe. 


What is mental health?

How to talk about mental health

Self-harm and suicide prevention