Health & Social Care
Introduction to Mental Health issues (one day course)

This one day course will provide an introduction to mental health, increasing knowledge and understanding thereby offering a greater level of confidence to staff when supporting service users who have mental health issues.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of working with people as unique individuals
  • State the main types of mental ill health
  • List the common sections of the Mental Health Act (2007) and the length of duration of each
  • Describe how the acts interrelate with the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • List three possible ways of gaining support from external agencies for a service user in mental distress
  • Identify two techniques which they may use when supporting a distressed service user

One day.

This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

Staff who are new to working with service users who have mental health issues.

The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination.

  • Myths, realities, stigma associated with mental ill health
  • A partnership approach to working with people as unique individuals
  • Valuing the person and treating them with dignity and respect
  • The Recovery Model
  • Psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, personality disorder
  • Anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm
  • Legal frameworks associated with mental illness
  • The roles of mental health professionals
  • Interventions, e.g. psychodynamic approaches
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Introduction to Mental Health