Mental health first aid is the help offered to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. It follows the model that has been successful with conventional first aid. Developed originally in Australia, Mental Health First Aid is now internationally recognised in over 23 countries and over 1 million people worldwide have been trained in Mental Health First Aid skills. Click on link below for details on this upcoming course in Sligo
The Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion (1PHP1- Mental Health), developed jointly by Mental Health Ireland and NUI Galway, is designed for people who are interested in upskilling in the area of Mental Health Promotion. We welcome applicants from all different sectors (such as mental health, primary care, education, workplaces, nursing, social work, charity/community sectors) who wish to develop knowledge, skills and competencies of mental health promotion and its implementation in practice. The programme aims to provide participants with professional education and training in the principles and practice of promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
We have developed this programme to be accessible for working professionals. It is offered through blended learning with online materials, supported by face-to-face workshops (approx. 1 week-day/month for 1 year). The programme is coordinated by Professor Margaret Barry and Dr. Tuuli Kuosmanen and is starting this September. See the attached poster for further information about the course.
Mental Health Ireland offers financial support through the Tony Leahy Scholarship fund for people with lived experience to access this programme. The level of support will be dependent on the information contained in your application form. For more information on the scholarship please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the course please click here. You can also contact Tuuli or Denise in the Discipline of Health Promotion at NUIG for more information on the contents and application process – email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
The training is suitable for people who work with young people such as youth worker, teachers, residential care staff, Gardaí, and people in caring professions and parents, concerned members of the public, people who work in alcohol and addiction services, those who work with homeless people and people who work with those recovering from mental illness.
The aim of the programme is to:
* Develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of self-harm
* Develop participants’ knowledge of the reasons underlying self-harm behaviour
* Consider the needs of people who self-harm
The learning outcomes include:
* Improved knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harm
- what it is
- what leads people to self-harm
- its relationship to suicide
* Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms
* Understanding of the prevalence of self-harm across different age groups and genders
* Familiarisation with the causes, reasons for and functions of self-harm
* Improved sensitivity and awareness of the needs of people who self-harm
* Awareness of treatments and helpful responses to people who self-harm
The programme involves an interactive style, including PowerPoint presentation, DVD clips, case study examples and small group discussions.
Forthcoming Training dates: 2019
Weds 23rd October 2019, Sligo
Thurs 14th November 2019, Carrick on Shannon
For bookings or further information contact: Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061
What is SafeTALK?
SafeTALK is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Following a SafeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.
Who should attend SafeTALK?
This training is suitable for everyone over 18 who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert.
How is SafeTALK different from other Workshops?
SafeTALK is more than general awareness training. You will be learning alertness skills. It is not at the advanced stage of a two-day ASIST intervention workshop.
There is no charge for this training.
Training Dates 2018
Tuesday 17th April – Enniscrone – 10am until 1pm
Tuesday 8th May – Sligo – 10am until 1pm
Advanced Booking Essential
For bookings or more information please contact
Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion Dept, 071 9135061
The following 2-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshops are delivered free of charge to both professionals and members of the public by the Health Services. The aim of these Workshops is to increase awareness, develop skills and promote the prevention of suicide in our communities.
ASIST is a training course developed for both members of the public and professionals and particularly those people whose work brings them into contact with people who may be vulnerable or at risk of suicide. This course is suitable for a broad range of people including, social workers, psychologists, care assistants, nurses, teachers, youth workers, GP’s, emergency medical technicians, home helps, childcare workers, public health nurses, the clergy, Gardai, community volunteers, mental health services staff…
Please note that ASIST is not recommended for any participant that has been personally bereaved or affected by a suicide in the previous twelve months.
ASIST training enhances people’s skills to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced or additional support or resources can be found. The emphasis of the course is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.
Forthcoming Training dates: 2019
- 3rd & 4th December 2019 – Sligo
Please note that the training is over two consecutive days and is from 9 am – 5 pm. Advanced booking is essential.
For further information contact: Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061
Learn the skills to get on top of stress.
The HSE continues to roll out the highly regarded six week Stress Control programme in Sligo and Leitrim with the next programmes starting on Monday, 4th November in I.T. Sligo at 6pm. Stress affects people from all walks of life. Although no two people will have exactly the same problems, we all have a lot in common when we are feeling stressed. We can find it hard to relax, we can worry a great deal, we can lose confidence and a sense of control and get despondent.
Whilst it’s normal to have a certain degree of stress in our lives, for many of us the stress has become too much, whatever we do we can’t seem to get on top of it. When stress is running our lives there are inevitable and often serious consequences – our health may begin to deteriorate as our immune system becomes compromised by stress hormones continually flooding our body, physical tension becomes the new normal and we no longer know how to relax or even what being relaxed feels like.
Our relationships at home or at work may suffer as we become more snappy and irritable, our thinking becomes less clear, more confused and consequently we may make poor decisions in our day to day affairs. We may find ourselves with high levels of anxiety or depression that we can’t seem to shift. All of these consequences develop into vicious circles in our lives, we get stressed during the day, we find we can’t sleep because of worrying and then we are exhausted the next day and even more prone to getting stressed by the slightest things and so on…worse we may start using alcohol to help us sleep.
Sadly for many of us these consequences are becoming all too common. Research in the UK found that almost 90% of all visits to GP’s were stress-related, so if you are suffering from stress you are clearly ‘not alone’, most people are struggling to cope with stress in their lives.
The research is telling us that 25% of the population is suffering from sub-clinical stress – that’s mild to moderate levels of anxiety or depression, and this is having consequences on their health, 9% of these people are more likely to die from cancer, 25% are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and for most there will be increases in smoking, alcohol consumption and weight gain.
As a country we spend literally millions of Euros every year on prescriptions for drugs to treat depression, anxiety and lack of sleep. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn to stop stress in it’s tracks, learn how to recognise the symptoms of stress in our lives, understand how it affects us and most importantly the simple things we can do right now to get our lives back together and away from stress.
Stress control is a free six session programme. Each session lasts for 90 minutes and is delivered once a week. ‘Stress Control’ was devised by Dr. Jim White, a clinical psychologist in Glasgow, to help the large number of people who complained of stress and who were keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. Through research, this evidence-based course has been improved over the years and Stress Control is now available in many different countries.
People who come to Stress Control come to learn simple strategies for alleviating stress, and the course is delivered in a ‘chalk and talk’ format so that people do not need to interact, this makes it less stressful for participants, there are no embarrassing exercises, just simple information explained in such a way that people learn over the course how to become their own therapists. Handouts are given for each session, and people practice the exercises between sessions.
‘I was off work due to stress, when this course started. Thanks to the tips I have been able to ‘face my fears’ and return to work.’ (Previous participant)
“I feel stress is an on-going problem for most people but with the skills and knowledge I have picked up on this course, I feel confident I will be able to manage my stress” (previous participant)
‘The taught programme was a ‘gift’. Knowing I could attend and just spend my time just focusing on listening’. (Previous participant)
If you are interested in attending this course, please register through: https://bookwhen.com/cflsligoleitrim
This course is free and sponsored by the HSE
Further enquiries to: Thomas McBride by telephone: 087 3680423
If stress is concerning you or someone you know then come along to the Stress Control programme or talk to your GP.to get help and advice.
Click on the following links for upcoming courses….
Mental health and well-being are part of everyday life, and it is essential that people’s knowledge and awareness around mental health is continually increasing.
Educating people about the prevalence of mental health problems in Ireland is a key step in making mental health more relevant and important for people, while contributing to an improvement in attitudes and reducing stigma.
Mental Health Awareness talks can be delivered in a variety of settings including schools, workplaces or to community groups and can be tailored to suit your needs.
If you are interested in availing of mental health awareness training or to discuss further, please contact Rachel, Development Officer Sligo/Leitrim, Mental Health Ireland, on 071 9135901 or email email@example.com
There are a number of mental health promotion programmes which are used in schools in Sligo and Leitrim. These include MindOut in post-primary schools and Zippy’s Friends in primary schools.
Training for teachers on these programmes takes place during the school year. There are currently no training dates planned but information will be posted here when available.
Description of Programmes:
MindOut is a mental health promotion resource pack developed to address the mental health of Irish adolescents in a secondary school setting. MindOut takes a positive approach to the promotion of positive emotional health among young people. The emphasis is on the various ways young people might cope with stressful or difficult life events and challenges. MindOut consists of 12 sessions and is best delivered in the context of a wider SPHE Programme by teachers who have attended the training sessions. MindOut can also be used in other settings including Youthreach.
Zippy’s Friends is aimed at five to seven year olds of all abilities, teaches young children how to develop skills to cope with problems that may occur in adolescence and adulthood. It teaches them how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them.