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    Mental Health Awareness/Improvement
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    This course is a basic introduction to exploring Mental Health and Wellbeing. Participants will learn about the most common mental health conditions and how participating in certain activities can increase our mental wellbeing, and have a positive impact on our mental health.

Duration 2 hours 30 mins

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Staff (Strictly focussing on Student mental health)

 Please be aware that this course strictly focusses on equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to enable them to support the STUDENT population with their mental health.

Mental Health Awareness and Improvement is a 2.5 hour session open to all staff members, facilitated by staff from the Disability and Wellbeing Service. The session is based on guidance from "Student Mental Wellbeing Awareness and Improvement: A Resource for staff in Higher Education" and the University of Strathclyde "Students in Distress: A guide for staff", which will be used as tools for staff to refer to during the training session.

The session will allow staff to reflect on how they can support students to improve their mental wellbeing, through listening and sign-posting. Participants will explore the topic of mental health and reflect on the various factors that can impact on the mental health of the student population. The session will provide guidance to staff on the roles and responsibilities of supporting students with their mental health. Guidance will be provided on duty of care, boundaries and confidentiality.

Staff will have the opportunity to practise the knowledge and skills that they have learned, through group discussion about case study scenarios. The session will encourage staff to engage in activities that will allow them to:

  • Recognise the signs of a person experiencing poor mental health.
  • Learn how to facilitate supportive conversations with students in a compassionate manner.
  • Reflect on how they can support a student in distress.

Facilitators will provide guidance on how staff can signpost students onto supports. Up-to-date information will be provided on the support services, groups and self-help tools that are available on campus. Participants will have time to reflect on their own wellbeing, and find out what support is available to staff.

Information will be provided on further mental health training opportunities including Safetalk, ASIST and Mental Health First Aid, should staff wish to improve their knowledge of mental health, wellbeing and suicide.

Delivered By: Disability and Wellbeing Service



Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.