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Courses and Training Formats

4 Mental Health’s Connecting with People mental health training programmes are designed to offer a whole organisational approach to improve the response shown to people in distress. Our programmes reflect th elatest evidence-based principles and best practice. Our training is extensively peer-reviewed by international experts in self-harm and suicide prevention, people with lived experience, practitioners and third sector (NGO) experts.
  • Develops understanding and compassion
  • Tackles myths, stigma and barriers
  • Introduces concept that suicide is not inevitable – people can be helped, and module includes the latest research and evidence
  • Suitable for ALL i.e. community members with no previous training
  • Helps delegates understand how distress develops and how people can be best supported
  • Develops common language between community, services and those in distress
  • Gives delegates the confidence and the skills practice of talking to someone in distress
  • Develops a compassionate approach for demanding and time-pressured environments
  • Equips the delegate with the knowledge of how to use www.StayingSafe.net to make their own Safety Plan
  • Applicable to all professionals who have an assessment role
  • Underpinned by evidence -based principles, academic literature and lived experience
  • Facilitates a safe assessment, triage, immediate response for busy clinicians such as first point of access in Mental Health services, GPs/Primary Care staff/A&E (ED) staff in pressured environments
  • Equips usage of SAFETool™ via case-based learning
  • Delegates develop skills and confidence instilling hope and co-producing Safety Plans
Section 1: Suicide Awareness for Primary Care - Suitable for all primary care practice staff
  • Promotes a role for ALL in suicide prevention
  • Suitable for professionals and community members
  • Develops understanding & compassion
  • Introduces concept that suicide is not inevitable – ambivalence and interruption
  • Develops common language between community, services and those in distress
  • Develops a compassionate approach for demanding and time-pressured environments
  • Equips delegates to use the resources provided to signpost to appropriate support
  • Equips the delegate with the knowledge of how make their own Safety Plan

Section 2: Suicide Response for Primary Care - Provides primary care clinicians with training on how

to use SAFETool™

  • Safe assessment, triage, immediate safe response suitable for a busy GP with a time pressured clinical environment
  • Underpinned by evidence-based principles, academic literature and lived experience
  • Uses scenarios tailored to primary care
  • Equips usage of SAFETool™
  • Delegates develop skills and confidence instilling hope and co-producing Safety Plans
  • Definition of compassion and the 6 attributes of compassion
  • Increases understanding of the key components of compassion, the barriers and how to maintain a compassionate approach at work
  • Basic neuroscience of compassion and the science that supports the physical and emotional benefits of a compassionate approach
  • Introduction the impact of early years, genetic, occupational and environmental factors
  • Self-compassion and positive outcomes including compassion to others
  • Introduction to the 3 emotional systems
  • Impact of organisational culture on compassion
  • Each participant will develop a plan to sustain a compassionate approach at work
  • Explore the myths and stigma associated with self-harm
  • Understand the range of coping mechanisms when facing challenging life events
  • Understand the prevalence of self-harm
  • Be aware of research on self-harm including the link to suicide
  • Understand reasons why people self-harm
  • Learn about the biological and psychological effects of self-harm on an individual
  • Compassionate ways to support someone who uses self-harm as a coping mechanism
  • Supporting people to find safer ways to deal with distress to support recovery from self-harm
  • Be aware of resources available to support someone who self-harms

Content is common with the Community Suicide Awareness module above, however the delivery is

tailored towards healthcare professionals

  • Develops a collaborative and transparent approach to mitigating suicide risk
  • Promotes a collaborative and compassionate person-centred assessment of someone at risk of suicide – rather than a ‘tick box’ exercise
  • At the end of the module participants will be able to create a comprehensive, person-centred bio-psychosocial suicide mitigation plan
  • Practical ways to instil authentic hope in a busy clinical environment and how to increase your patient’s resilience to suicidal thoughts
  • Understand the value and importance of social support mapping
  • Collaboratively engage in a comprehensive social support mapping exercise and be able to coproduce a Social Support Map
  • Facilitates a collaborative and transparent approach
  • Suitable for the general public, including children over the age of 13, health and social care practitioners and professionals
  • Enhances delegates’ emotional literacy
  • Challenges stigma around emotional distress and tackles barriers to help-seeking
  • Uses ‘watercourse analogy’ to help delegates understand different levels of distress
  • Shares effective self-help strategies suitable for different levels of distress
  • Uses the ‘sunflower analogy’ to help delegates understand wellbeing and resilience
  • Shares practical ways to develop and maintain emotional wellbeing and promotes the importance of this
  • Equips delegates to have a greater emotional literacy and know how to enhance their resilience (not mental toughness)
  • Equips delegates with positive ways to cope with stress or emotional distress, to develop a personal plan to build their wellbeing and know where to access further support if they ever need help in the future
  • Equips the delegate with the knowledge of how to use StayingSafe.net to make their own Safety Plan
  • Know more about the importance of regularly investing in resilience and emotional wellbeing
  • Know more about the importance of self-care and self-compassion
  • Have a deeper understanding of the term resilience and emotional wellbeing
  • Mitigating against the effects of crisis
  • Making practical and effective changes to maximise wellbeing and resilience
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Design a Personal Plan to maximise wellbeing and resilience
  • Safety planning using StayingSafe.net
  • Know and understand more about self-harm including signs and causes
  • How to talk to someone about self-harm
  • Techniques for developing and maintaining personal wellbeing & coping strategies to promote resilience
  • Overview of useful techniques to help people who self-harm including problem-solving techniques, The Bank of HopeTM, ABC formulation and more
  • Practice how to talk to someone in distress who may self-harm
  • Understand the importance of social support and the role of social support mapping in preparation for co-producing Safety Plans
  • Practice and know-how to co-produce an immediate and long-term Safety Plan

Direct-to-participant training

Direct-to-Participant (DTP) training is delivered by Connecting with People Trainers directly to client staff.
  • Number of delegates per session: 30 max* (custom events for higher or lower numbers can be arranged)
  • Delivery Time: 2.5 – 3 hours per module
  • Available for all modules

Train-the-trainer (TTT)

‘In-house’ trainers are accredited via a Connecting with People Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programme. These TTT trainers can then onward deliver unlimited in-house DtP sessions to their colleagues as long as they remain accredited and are covered under a current Annual TTT License
  • Number of delegates to become trainers: 8 max* per cohort
  • Training Time: 2-5 days depending upon how many modules are selected (example: 2 modules would be 3 days)
  • Available for all modules
Annual TTT License:
All trainers accredited via the Connecting with People Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programme must covered under a current TTT License for which an annual fee is charged.

Webinar Direct-to-participant training (wDTP)

A training programme designed for delivery to smaller groups:
  • Open to smaller groups of 10 to 20 delegates, all trainers/delegates remotely located
  • This delivery format will follow the same learning and experiential journey as a face-to-face deliver
  • Robust safety protocols in place to ensure delegate wellbeing throughout the training delivery
  • Delivery Time: Approx. 3 hours per module
  • Available for all modules

Webinar Training Conference (wTC)

A training programme designed for larger groups and are delivered in a lecture format:
  • For up to 70 delegates, all trainers/delegates remotely located
  • Lecture style presentation with set breaks and intervals in order to facilitate Q&A’s and to maintain the interactive experience of our training
  • Robust safety protocols in place to ensure delegate wellbeing throughout the training delivery
  • Delivery Time: Approx. 2.5 hours per module
  • Available for the following modules only: Emotional Resilience , Suicide Awareness , Suicide Response Part 1

Webinar Train-the-Trainer (wTTT)

Trainers are accredited via a Connecting with People Train-the-Trainer (wTTT) programme. These TTT trainers can then onward deliver unlimited in-house standard face-to-face DtP sessions to their colleagues as long as they remain accredited and are covered under a valid Annual TTT License.
  • Open to a maximum of 6 delegates
  • Delivery format will follow the same learning and experiential journey as a face-to-face TTT delivery
  • Robust safety protocols in place to ensure delegate wellbeing throughout the training delivery
  • Pre-training webinar platform videos must be viewed prior to programme commencement (2 hours max)
  • For modules that include SAFETool™ a post-training online module must be successfully completed for the delegate to awarded trainer accreditation (1-hour max)
  • Available for all modules
IMPORTANT NOTE for TTT Delegates – Onward delivery via wDtP
We appreciate that the IT skills of attending wTTT and TTT delegates may vary considerably. Therefore, to ensure our quality standard is maintained across all delivery formats, those TTT delegates wishing to onward deliver training via wDtP sessions must also attend an additional ½ day webinar delivery training session, Webinar wDtP Training Delivery Bolt-on Module.