Mental Health Awareness

by Andy Smout on 13 March 2018

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Date(s) - 13/03/2018
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sifa Fireside


Date: Tues 13th March 2018

Time: 09.30-16.00

Cost: £70

Venue: SIFA Fireside

We will all be affected by mental ill health at some point in our lives, directly or indirectly, at work or at home. Some population groups are at a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health due to life history, and exposure and vulnerability to difficult social and economic circumstances. SIFA Fireside Insights Training provides a two-part course on Mental Health Awareness, aimed to help you:

  • better recognise and understand a wide range of mental health conditions
  • be informed about the Mental Health Act and patients’ rights
  • be aware of how psychiatric medications work – including their side effects
  • support people on their mental health recovery journey
  • know where you can signpost people for advice and support

The course can run in two parts that can be done together or separately (either one day or two half days).

Part 1

  • Defining mental health/ mental illness
  • Mental illness and stigma
  • Mental health treatment – an historical view
  • Exploring mental health conditions – signs and symptoms
  • Pharmacological treatment of mental illness – how the drugs work, including side effects
  • Psychodynamic explanations of mental illness
  • Impact of socioeconomic factors on mental health

Part 2

  • Mental Health Act – an overview (including advocacy)
  • Responding to a mental health ‘crisis’
  • Self-medication (drugs and alcohol) –  an attempt to  manage symptoms
  • Therapeutic and support interventions
  • Mental health and recovery
  • Maintaining maximum mental health
  • Where to access mental health support

Lunch is not provided although Tea and Coffee will be available.

SIFA Fireside Insights training: If you would like to find out about other courses that we run, or have a specific area of interest please contact David Coombes on 0121 766 1700 or email


Bookings are closed for this event.

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