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Introduction to Mental Health issues (one day course)
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>>AIM
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.

>>OBJECTIVES
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

>>DURATION
One day.

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

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

>>CONTENT
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