Somerset’s Mental Health Training Offer

We are proud to support the invaluable work of our partners through the offer of these quality training opportunities. These courses provide the opportunity not only to increase knowledge and awareness of mental health and wellbeing but also to reflect and share thoughts and experiences which better equip us all in our work, volunteer and personal roles.

Feedback to date has been extremely positive, so we are confident that you will benefit from attending. As ever, we would welcome your interest and feedback as we consider our training needs going forward.

Connect 5
For organisations like charities, community groups and local authority staff as well as individuals working in key settings, Connect 5 courses are 100% subsidised thanks to funding from Somerset Public Health. The Connect 5 course aims to develop an understanding of things that impact wellbeing and build the capacity and capability of people to have more proactive and evidence-based conversations about mental health. If you are interested in doing this training, please email: publichealthtraining@somerset.gov.uk

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid 2-day Adult)

In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and become a mental health first aider for your organisation. This course is provided free of charge for: Statutory and voluntary sector workers in health, welfare or social justice; adult education, leisure and community safety staff and volunteers; emergency service workers; general practice staff.

Please visit – Mental Health First Aid – Mind in Somerset for information on how to book.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
ASIST is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At ASIST, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. This course is provided free of charge for: Statutory and voluntary sector workers in health, welfare or social justice; adult education, leisure and community safety staff and volunteers; emergency service workers; general practice staff.

Please visit – ASIST – Mind in Somerset for information on how to book.

Every Life Matters – Suicide Alertness (3.5 hours)
This training is aimed at anyone who wants to understand more about suicide, how to know when someone may be having thoughts of suicide, how to talk directly and comfortably about suicide, and what we can all do to offer practical support. Completion of the training will also qualify individuals for the countywide Orange Button community awareness scheme. For more details and how to book please visit – Every Life Matters – Somerset Events | Eventbrite

Every Life Matters – Suicide Awareness (90 mins)
This one-hour online training session is aimed at anyone in the local community who wants to understand more about suicide and what we can all do to make a difference. For more details and how to book please visit – Every Life Matters – Somerset Events | Eventbrite

Harmless
Self Harm training for system leaders and stakeholders, School Mental Health Leads, education and community frontline staff, Parents and Carers. Training to commence September 2022 – booking details will be posted here once available.

Trauma Foundation South West (TFSW) Working with Interpreters
Training for both interpreters and staff working in a mental health setting, to enable them to develop additional skills and knowledge to work together effectively and support individuals with their mental health needs. For more information please email – admin@tfsw.co.uk

To view free training programmes available for Somerset Schools, Colleges and Children & Young People Practitioners, please visit –  Somerset children & young people : Health & Wellbeing : Training Menu (cypsomersethealth.org)

For FREE Workplace Mental Health training for Sole Traders and Small Medium Enterprises in Somerset please visit – SME Wellbeing Free Training | Eventbrite