The Mental Health Toolkit

The Comprehensive Toolkit

8 core modules
12 week course
Online or face to face
Our most in-depth mental health training course to embed workplace wellbeing. Learn effective and practical skills to support others with poor mental health.
In-depth knowledge
Practical & effective tools
Confidently support others

Our 8 module mental health training course

Equip yourself and your team with an effective, practical toolkit of techniques, skills and knowledge. Our training is based on up-to-date research from the fields of mental health psychology, addictions, counselling and social sciences. This course will empower you to support people towards recovery whether they are experiencing stress or any of the mental health challenges that can develop from this.

At The Mental Health Toolkit, we want at least one person from every organisation trained in the skills and techniques from The Comprehensive Toolkit.

Why choose The Comprehensive Toolkit?

The Comprehensive Toolkit provides attendees with an in-depth understanding of mental health, the challenges people face, and why. Alongside this knowledge, we teach effective tools and strategies your team can practise. In turn, they will be able to confidently support someone, and enable them to meet their needs.

The course will enable your team to support people facing a range of mental health challenges, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, insomnia and poor sleep
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

Your team will also learn how they can look after their own mental wellbeing whilst supporting clients or colleagues with their mental health.

The Comprehensive Toolkit comprises eight core modules

Module 1: The Essentials – half day

Half day.

Learn an effective approach to understanding mental health and wellbeing.  

  • Gain the essential knowledge that underpins emotional health
  • Learn an effective approach  to understand mental health and wellbeing
  • Understand the importance of our emotional needs
  • Empower people to maximise their inner resources
  • Learn why many people experience poor mental health
  • Understand the three barriers to securing good mental health and wellbeing
  • Learn the link between sleep and mental health
  • Understand the connections between security, trauma and addiction
  • Gain an effective tool for measuring wellbeing

Module 2: The APET Model – full day

How to work effectively with the human brain

  • Learn how your brain makes sense of your experiences?
  • Understand unconscious patterns in the brain
  • Understand the fight-or-flight response
  • Recognise the language of strong emotions
  • Activate the relaxation response to reduce stress response
  • Challenge negative thinking and self-talk
  • Learn to recognise and re-frame the 3 Ps
  • Maximise the effectiveness of your interventions with up-to-date knowledge

This session will help you understand the human brain and why we each react to things differently.

Module 3: Understanding the Mental Health Continuum – half day
  • Understand the mental health continuum in depth
  • Gain knowledge of the signs, symptoms and medication for different mental health conditions
  • Dispel myths and unhelpful beliefs around mental health
  • Understand the overlap between mental health conditions
  • Gain profound insights about the mental health continuum asleep and the REM Sleep
Module 4: Effective Communication – half day

Gain advanced skills to connect with members of the public, clients, patients and team members. Listen out for unmet needs and calm distress. Develop knowledge and confidence around language to enable you to communicate effectively.

  • Understand which language to use and which to avoid
  • Learn essential skills to listen and re-frame with hope for the future
  • Protect yourself from the spiral of negative metaphors and abstractions
  • Learn how to stay clear-headed when speaking with people experiencing stress, confusion or anger
  • Develop skills to help calm someone safely and effectively
Module 5: The RIGAAR approach – full day

A framework for supporting wellbeing

Bring your skills together with a coherent approach – The RIGAAR framework. This empowering and practical framework will guide conversations which:

  • Take clients, patients or colleagues beyond mental ill health
  • Support people through sickness and returning to work
  • Help people find clarity and support with demands at home and at work
  • Identify meaning and purpose to build resilience
  • Enable recovery from severe mental ill health and addictions

In this session you will learn effective ways to:

  • Fine-tune your rapport-building skills
  • Gather concrete information to boost change
  • Set collaborative goals which meet needs
  • Access your client’s hidden resources
  • Agree strategies which boost motivation for change
Module 6: Understanding Suicide and Self-harm – full day

Use the Emotional Needs & Resources approach to better understand suicide and self-harm.

  • Learn how you can offer support and act to keep people safe
  • Recognise the links between suicide and self-harm
  • Undo unhelpful common misconceptions
  • Build your confidence in talking about and responding to suicide and self-harm
  • Reflect on your own self care
Module 7 – The Cycle of Addiction – half day

The Cycle of Addiction

In this session you will gain an understanding of:

  • Identify relationships between mental ill health and addiction
  • Apply the three components of all successful recovery strategies
  • Work with reward and punishment mechanisms in the brain
  • Apply the motivational cycle of change
  • Spot the addictive component of self-harm and eating disorders
  • Understand why self-medicating is so prevalent
  • Become more effective at supporting co-morbid conditions
Module 8 – Ethics & Wellbeing – half day

Ethics & Wellbeing

Protect yourself and your organisation from stress and strong emotions which drive toxic attitudes and unhealthy behaviours. In this session you will cover:

  • Why ethical practice is rooted in emotional wellbeing
  • What an emotionally healthy organisation looks like
  • The role of pattern-matching and perception in shaping culture
  • How to access your observing self and increase awareness
  • Spot the unconscious patterns which shape how we see ourselves and others

The Comprehensive Toolkit course delivery

The Comprehensive Toolkit training programme is delivered in 8 modules, with our open courses taking places over 12 weeks. When booking for a whole group, these can be scheduled flexibly over 6 to 12 months to minimise disruption to your normal service delivery.

Attendees must complete all modules of The Comprehensive Toolkit.

Our next course starts on 3 October 2024. The schedule is as follows:

The Essentials3 October 20249.30am to 1.30pm
The APET Model10 October 20249.30am to 3.30pm
Understanding the Mental Health Continuum    17 October 20249.30am to 12.30pm
Effective Communication24 October 20249.30am to 2pm
The RIGAAR approach7 November 20249.30am to 4.30pm
Understanding Suicide & Self-harm 21 November 20249.30am to 3.30pm
The Cycle of Addiction 28 November 20249.30am to 1pm
Ethics & Wellbeing 28 November 20241.30pm to 4.30pm

Go beyond your training

Once you have completed The Comprehensive Toolkit, you will be invited to join our Effective Practitioner Network.

Along with providing regular updates and opportunities to network with other attendees, you’ll also be invited to join one free follow-up Mastering Skills session, to help instil and refresh what you’ve learned. Further sessions cost just £40 per person.

We also offer a complementary interactive refresher booklet to help you continue your learning at a time that suits you.

The Comprehensive Toolkit has a 91 Net Promoter Score.

This means over 9 in 10 people would go out of their way to recommend this course to friends, family or colleagues.

Book The Comprehensive Toolkit

Select as many places as you need for you and your team on one of our open online courses. Alternatively, you can choose the ‘Whole group session’ option to book an exclusive course for your team.

If you would prefer face to face delivery of this course, please contact us to discuss.

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