Mental Health Awareness for Health Professionals
Date: 23 November 2019
Course Leader: Sandie Ennis
About the course
Are you looking to take a proactive approach to deal with mental health issues in your clinic and the workplace? Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition, and research has shown that work is the most significant cause of stress which can stop people performing at their best. People often hide mental health conditions because of stigma and the fear of discrimination or present to manual therapists with an array of physical symptoms costly to industry and an additional stressor to those affected.
This course introduces first aid for mental health to health professionals with an interest in gaining a better understanding of common mental health illnesses affecting their patients, or colleagues. It aims to give you the ability to spot the early signs and symptoms, (not diagnose) of a range of mental health conditions, recognize common triggers in mental ill health and signs that someone may need support. At the end of the course, you will have deepened your non-judgemental listening skills, explored the role of a first aid action plan for mental health which will give you the confidence to know when and how to signpost a person to professional help and manage their self-care. Mental health awareness training helps health professionals to become role models to promote a greater understanding of mental health in the total wellbeing of patients, colleagues and themselves.
Please be aware that this course covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. If a delegate feels overwhelmed, they can step out at any time. However, if you feel in advance that this subject may be too distressing please do not book. For support with your mental health, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111
Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered
A) Communication and patient partnership A1, A2, A5,
B) Knowledge, skills and performance B2, B3
C) Safety and quality in practice C1, C4, C6
D Professionalism D2, D10, D11
By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:
- Recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental ill-health
- Be able to provide initial help to stop mental ill health from worsening
- Signpost the person towards appropriate professional help
- Have the tools to break the stigma of a mental health problem
- Be mindful of their own wellbeing with self-care tips
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:45 Introduction
09:45 – 10:15 What is first aid for mental health?
10:15 – 10:45 Identifying mental health conditions
10:45 – 11:15 Guidance on how to start a difficult conversation
Your own health, emotions and well-being
Breakout session 1
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:00 Stress
12:00 – 12:30 Drugs and alcohol misuse
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Mental health conditions – Depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide
14:30 – 15:30 First aid action plan for mental health
Signposting to professional support, treatments, self-help strategies
Breakout session 2 to consolidate learning
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Mental health in the workplace. Breakout session 3
16:30 – 17:00 Putting it all together, partner and group work to formulate action plans
Breakout session 4
17:00 – 17:30 Summary Q & A
The course is suitable for qualified healthcare practitioners.
About the course leader
Sandie Ennis qualified as an osteopath in 2009 and is also comprehensively certified Pilates teacher and somatic movement coach. She had completed extensive postgraduate studies including cranial and classical osteopathy, SCCO pathway, women’s health and training in paediatrics. She currently divides her time between private osteopathic practice, teaching individual and small group Pilates, devising and delivering specialist education; lecturing, training and CPD workshops. Sandie hold a PgCert in clinical and academic education and has completed an Ofqual regulated Instructor Training programme and holds FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health and is a certified First Aid Instructor/Assessor.
Equipment recommended for the course
Laptop or tablet to view notes digitally.
The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.