Mental health awareness - advanced

Many of your service users will have mental health problems and many of you will have developed a level of awareness from training or hands-on experience. However mental health is complex, and everything from the way somebody is diagnosed or receives treatment is ever-changing. You can really benefit from up-to-date knowledge at a more advanced level.

Mental health awareness - advanced

Mental health is a state of emotional wellbeing that is different for all of us and will change for all of us, depending on many factors such as stress or major life events. A significant number of your service users may suffer from mental illness and this will have an impact on their use of your services to a greater or lesser degree.

Many service users will have more than one diagnosis, may also use substances and have a dual diagnosis, or have to take medication. This course builds upon your existing knowledge of mental health and explores in detail the most common types of mental illness such as schizophrenia and psychosis, depression and bi-polar, anxiety disorders including OCD and hoarding, personality disorders, eating disorders and dual diagnosis. It will explore treatment pathways, care plan approaches, the Mental Health Acts 1983 and 2007, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, medical treatment and non-medical treatment including CBT, complementary therapies and self-help techniques.

You will learn

  • What are some of the possible causes of mental health problems and protective factors against mental distress that services can encourage?
  • Attitudes to mental illness and how this impacts on service delivery
  • About psychosis and schizophrenia, depression and bipolar, personality disorder, and anxiety disorders including OCD, hoarding and post-traumatic stress disorder: causes, symptoms and non-specialist and specialist treatment
  • About substance misuse and mental health (dual diagnosis)
  • About eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia: causes, symptoms and non-specialist and specialist treatment
  • About assessment and support planning for service users with mental distress
  • About motivation and mental distress
  • About CBT as a treatment for mental illness
  • The 1983 and 2007 Mental Health Acts, and the 2005 Mental Capacity Act
  • How mental health can impact on safeguarding.

Who will benefit from this course?

All staff who work with service users with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness.

Mental health awareness - advanced

Danny McGowan

Mental health and wellbeing Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis, and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT.

Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the  topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk