Health & Social Care
Introduction to Mental Health (two day course)

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.

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

Two days.

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
  • 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