So How Do We Train?

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My vision for KaredWell is to develop and publish mental health training resources that are easily accessible, affordable and of high quality, specifically for people working in nonclinical mental health support roles. But even more important I want to publish resources that can be used by staff to deliver their own in-house training without necessary needing to pay £800 or £2000 for a certified mental health trainer.

Imagine a supported living service with 10 people living there and 8 staff members working various shifts. Let’s imagine the people living there are being supported for schizophrenia, bipolar and depression, as I emphasized in my last post, it will be great for all the support workers to have a good awareness of all these mental health conditions. If they want to develop such awareness through some form of learning and development intervention, they have a number of options. 

They can read a book about the various conditions. To be honest this is not likely. How about reading short articlesfrom the internet? Or watching YouTube videos? Or better still going through a MOOC or elearning course. The option most teams go for is face-to-face training. A good example is organisations putting staff on the credible two-day Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA). While this is a good option for training a team of people, it is not cheap unless you have qualified MHFA trainers and getting staff to becone certified MHFA trainers has a hefty cost in terms of money and time, but pays off in the long-term.

But what if a team of support workers could access affordable bite-sized resources and over time develop their own awareness of mental health without having to pay so much in time and money? For example could a team learn about what schizophrenia is, it’s symptoms and a bit about it’s medication in three 45 to 60 minute sessions? Absolutely possible and this is what I would like to see happen. Starting from my next post I will let you know about a series of bite-sized resources I am developing to help people working in nonclinical roles learn about schizophrenia.

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