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Mental Health Awareness Training
Who for?

For anyone who is starting to work or volunteer within a mental health setting, including befrienders, drop-in support workers, counsellors and complementary therapists.

Our mental health awareness training is split across three parts and they last half a day each. These run throughout the year on different days.

Mental Health Awareness Part One

An overview of issues, causes and potential general support available.

Key topics:

Mental health conditions are widespread – at least one in four of us will experience some kind of mental health difficulty in our lifetime. And yet many of us feel that we lack knowledge and understanding of what mental health and distress actually means, what kind of experiences are involved, what are the causes, what can be done to overcome them and how can people offer help and support. This course will introduce delegates to the essentials of mental health, taking in the range of conditions from anxiety and depression, through to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. The course takes a practical and common sense approach, utilising a variety of learning methods including trainer led presentations, group discussion, small group work and practical exercises.

Mental Health Awareness Part Two

An overview of how to support people with mild to moderate mental health problems: from ‘first aid’ to referrals.

Key Topics:

A common area of concern for Mind volunteers and staff is how to sensitively and effectively support someone experiencing mental distress, and how to support common difficulties such as anxiety and depression or less common conditions such as psychosis or mania. Following on from the level one Introduction to Mental Health, this very practical and interactive course gives delegates a chance to explore what people can do to help make those in distress feel safe, supported and understood.

Mental Health Awareness Part Three

How to further engage people with moderate to severe mental health problems.

Key topics:

What does engagement mean and how is this different to having a therapeutic relationship? Bringing out themes of collaboration, empathy, validation etc. Insight exercise around hearing voices. Black Box Model. How might we help someone who hears voices or/and have delusional beliefs? Real life examples and practice exercises.

This course is for SLM volunteers only.