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Why do we need to have courageous conversations?

Supporting people’s mental health is a critical and growing challenge – especially following the pandemic and lockdowns.

Most people will be affected by mental health problems, either personally or through family and friends at some point during their lives. There are many positive reasons for supporting yours and your colleagues, friends, or family’s mental health.

What stops us from having a conversation?

Awareness of mental health is increasing, but we still face a world where people with mental health problems feel unable to speak up about it. There are many reasons someone may be reluctant to speak about this, including:

  • Stigma around mental health
  • Cultural barriers
  • Lack of confidence
  • Feeling like there is no-one to talk to
  • Fearing the other person’s response
  • Worrying it might have a negative impact on their employment

How can people become more confident having effective conversations with others about mental health?

Instigating a conversation with someone about their mental health can be daunting.

For example, people may be worried about saying the wrong thing. Or responding in the wrong way and potentially making the situation worse. Completing this course will increase delegates’ confidence and ability to have these conversations.

Course Overview:

This online course is for anyone that wants to make courageous conversations about mental health part of their everyday.

This training provides a comprehensive action plan that can be used to explore an individual’s mental health and offer support and signposting to those who may be experiencing poor mental health safely, supportively, and effectively.

Key Themes explored in the training:

  • How mental health difficulties can impact colleagues, friends and family.
  • Signs and symptoms of mental ill-health.
  • How to have effective conversations about mental health.
  • How to assess for suicidal crisis.
  • The boundaries and challenges of supporting mental health of others.
  • Signposting people to appropriate mental health support and resources.

Learning outcomes:

Using a blended learning approach of self-led pre-course learning activities, live interactive online group training, and self-led post- course learning consolidation activities you will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to spot mental ill-health; take an effective approach and have both a supportive and mutually useful conversation about somebody’s mental health.
  • Be introduced to key skills you can practise such as: empathy, active listening and asking strengths-based questions that will empower an individual to take charge of their mental wellbeing.
  • Be better able to use Wellness Action Plans to support mental ill-health and recovery.

Bespoke training

If there is something specific you would like us to cover in a bespoke package, we are happy to work with you to create this training.

To find out more, contact us on training@dorsetmind.uk

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