This is an innovative new community training programme, delivered through a partnership with Living Sport and CPSL Mind. The training will be delivered online through a series of webinars and peer support sessions during the daytime (see specific times below). The programme’s aim is to equip volunteers and community workers with the knowledge and skills to enable them to support others in the community to look after their mental health and know how to access further help when needed.

The training has been funded by Living Sport.

Key outcomes – the training will enable people to:

  • Break the stigma that still exists by having positive conversations about mental health.
  • Recognise that we all have mental health and all have the potential to experience tough times.
  • Understand that we are not defined by our mental health; we all have strengths that we can use and the potential to have a good life.
  • Know that being part of a connected community is very beneficial for our mental health.
  • Know that there are steps that we can take to look after our wellbeing and mental health.
  • Know where and how to access local support for mental health and wellbeing.
  • Know how to look after your own wellbeing whilst supporting others.

The programme consists of 5 elements:

Module 1: Introduction to Mental Health Webinar (1hr) – To be viewed individually before Module 2.

Module 2: Wednesday 14th September 10.00am – 12.30pm - Positive Conversations and Wellbeing Plans Workshop (2.5 hours).

Module 3: Wednesday 21st September 10.00am– 12.00 noon - Stop Suicide Workshop (2 hours).

Module 4: Wednesday 28th September 10.00am – 12 noon - Putting it into Practice and Signposting Resources (2 hours).

Three Peer Support sessions following on from the training (3 sessions, 1.5 hours per session) dates as follows:

Peer support 1 – Wednesday 19th October 10.00am to 11.30am

Peer support 2 – Wednesday 9th November 10.00am to 11.30am

Peer support 3 – Wednesday 30th November 10.00am to 11.30am

Participants signing up to the full training programme will be required to attend all 5 elements of the training as detailed above.  Please note that this is a pilot project and we have a limited number of 16 places per cohort, therefore we are limiting the number of delegates to a maximum of two individuals per organisation.

To help us evaluate the impact of the training, we will be interested to hear about the impact the training has on delegates’ personal knowledge and understanding of mental health, and the impact it may have had on the communities and people they engage with. During the Peer Support sessions, we will ask delegates to share their stories and experiences. We will ask for signed consent from delegates for the collection and use of their stories as part of the evaluation process (stories will be anonymised).

The Introduction to Mental Health Webinar will be available to view here shortly.

For more information about the course content please contact Jo Clarke [email protected]

For more information about the booking process please contact Christine Sprowell [email protected]

Deadline for bookings – Wednesday 7th September 2022

This is an Online course completed by Zoom.  Learners must have access to a laptop or tablet and be familiar with how to use Zoom. A tablet or smartphone device is accepted but functionality can be limited and is not recommended. The device must have access to a camera and microphone as the sessions will be interactive. Please also ensure you have the ability to connect directly into your router (wifi access may drop out). If you have any additional learning needs, please let us know upon registration.  Please note that you will be required to join the session ten minutes before the course commences to ensure there are no technical issues.  

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