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Introduction to Mental Health (two day course)
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>>AIM
This two 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
  • Describe how others beliefs, assumptions and generalisations may impact on a person who has mental health issues
  • Explain the ten essential shared capabilities
  • State the main types of Mental ill health
  • Know how the Mental Health Act (1983); (2007), Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995; Mental Capacity Act (2005) can impact on the support they are able to offer their service users
  • Apply basic principles of positive risk management
  • List three possible ways of gaining support from external agencies for a service user in mental distress

>>DURATION
Two days.

>>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
  • Valuing the person and treating them with dignity & respect
  • A partnership approach to working with people as unique individuals
  • 10 Essential shared capabilities
  • The Recovery Model
  • Psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, personality disorder
  • Anxiety, stress, depression, hoarding, self-harm
  • Legal frameworks associated with mental illness/ care programme approach
  • Supporting service users as part of a multi-agency approach
  • Advocacy
  • Interpersonal skills and approaches with Service users
  • Positive risk management, professional boundaries, consistency of approach
  • Privacy, Confidentiality, Responsibility to share
  • Record keeping, data protection
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Introduction to Mental Health