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Frequently asked questions

MindEd FAQs

What is MindEd?

MindEd is a free online e-learning resource for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. This could be as a counsellor, teacher or police officer or equally as an athletics or football coach or through involvement with the Scouts or Guides.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

Our free online mental health courses can help you be prepared to deal with an issue before it arises or, equally, it can provide much needed guidance to handle an issue of which you're already aware. It also covers a range of behaviours that can be present in children and young people which do not signify a mental health issue, but about which you may want some advice.

MindEd contains some specialised sections  for those joining or working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and for students studying Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) at University.  
MindEd also contains a curriculum called MindEd Counselling, an e-Learning programme to support training of school and youth counsellors and supervisors working in primary, secondary, tertiary and community settings, as well as the independent sector. 

 

All of these sessions are also open and free to any user.

How does it work?

It offers short (no more than 20-30 minutes) online learning sessions to help adults identify mental health problems (looking at how problems manifest themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example) and demonstrate what action to take in the best interests of the child or young person.

These sessions can be completed as a 'one off'. Alternatively, visitors can sign up as MindEd members and complete several sessions which they can record on their personal page and print as a certificate for their learning record.

To learn more about using MindEd and the five components which make up the portal, work through the Introduction to MindEd Core Content session .

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

Aren't there already resources out there like this – what makes MindEd any different?

There are many sources of advice on the internet. MindEd is unique in that it is comprehensive, written by experts, free for everyone to access and structured around short e-learning that makes it easy to use. It provides trusted, reliable, advice and support, available anytime and anywhere.

Who is it for?

MindEd is for everyone who cares for, or about, children and young people’s health and development.

When we say 'everyone' we mean everyone who regularly comes into contact with children and young people through their work or outside of work. This could be as a counsellor, teacher or police officer or equally as an athletics or football coach or through involvement with the Scouts or Brownies.

MindEd also has a special section designed for parents, carers and families (MindEd for Families). These topics are shorter and more closely interlinked. The topics work really well on mobile devices and they can also be really useful as an introduction to main MindEd site.

MindEd has something for everyone.

Who is behind it?

MindEd is developed and supported by a group of multi-disciplinary organisations, known as the consortium. Its members are: the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the Royal College of Nursing; the Royal College of General Practitioners; the British Psychological Society; the National Children's Bureau and YoungMinds.

The content on the site was written by a number of recognised leaders in the field of children and young people's health and mental health.

MindEd is an NHS resource funded through, and working closely with, Health Education England and NHS England.

Who is funding it?

MindEd is an NHS resource funded through, and working closely with, Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England. Through HEE MindEd receives grants from several different government departments, primarily the Department of Health and Department for Education.

I am having technical problems using the site. How do I contact a site administrator?

If you are experiencing any technical problems with the site or any of the sessions, please contact the site administrator at minded.enquiries@e-lfh.org.uk.

I'm not desk-based. Can I still use MindEd?

Because it's available online – MindEd is available anywhere at any time of the day. You could take part in a session during your lunch break, on the train home, or once you've put the kids to bed on your laptop or tablet.

MindEd for Families is specifically designed to work well on mobile devices like tablets and even phones.

I live outside of the UK. Can I access MindEd?

MindEd is available to anyone, at any time, wherever you are. For a limited period, MindEd will also be free to access for users outside the UK. In due course users outside the UK will need to buy a licence to access the MindEd website. Please email the MindEd team at minded@rcpsych.ac.uk for further information.

What are the benefits of registering?

Registered users are able to save their work mid- session, returning to complete it whenever is convenient. Registered users are also invited to provide detailed feedback on sessions as they complete them.

As a registered user, a log of sessions you have completed is stored on your personal page. You can print certificates for completed sessions and keep a detailed track of your learning record.

Do I have to pay to use MindEd?

No. All the content available on MindEd is free to access.

It is free to register with MindEd, and as a registered user you can save your work mid-session, picking up where you left off. You can also print certificates for completed sessions and keep a detailed track of your learning record. 

What will MindEd help me to do?

MindEd helps adults to spot mental health problems (looking at how problems reveal themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example). It demonstrates the best course of action and provides guidance in communicating and engaging with children and young people involved.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

It can help you be prepared to deal with an issue before it arises or equally, it can provide much needed guidance to handle an issue of which you're already aware.

It also covers a range of behaviours present in children and young people which do not signify a mental health issue.

I don't have a lot of time. Will it be time consuming?

No. Sessions take a maximum of 20-30 minutes to complete and you can dip in and dip out of them as you wish – saving a session as you go. This enables you to return and complete it whenever is convenient. You can also browse and save session titles that you would like to complete at a later date.

We're sure that you'll be able to find the time for something this important, and because MindEd is available online – you can make the most of any spare time you have, participating in a session whenever and wherever you are – be it on the train, on a lunch-break or at home.

This isn't for me, I don't do mental health. Why is it relevant to me?

While your role may not specifically detail a responsibility to address a child or young person's mental health problems, having a duty of care means ensuring that they are safe from harm – regardless of whether that harm is physical or mental.

When there is an opportunity to intervene, tackle harm and improve outcomes for a child or young person – as responsible adults, we should take it.

However, before we can take an opportunity – we need to be able to spot one and know what action to take. Otherwise we feel uncertain, without confidence that what we're doing is right. We probably feel it's safer to do nothing.

MindEd provides knowledge and confidence to do the right thing at the right time.

It offers short (no more than 20-30 minutes) online learning sessions to help adults identify mental health problems (looking at how problems manifest themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example) and demonstrates what action to take in the best interests of the child or young person. It also covers a range of behaviours to be expected in children and young people which do not signify a mental health issue.

This isn't for me, I'm a healthcare professional and the content's too basic. Why is this relevant to me?

As you'll no doubt agree, children and young people's mental health is something that all health workers need to be aware of. As you know, there's a requirement to treat the whole person – not just physical symptoms. If you're confident that you already know how to identify mental health issues in a child or young person and know the appropriate next steps to take – that is great, and you're probably correct that this isn't for you.

However, if you feel there may be gaps in your knowledge – then why not have a quick look to see if there is something new for you to learn? The content on MindEd has been developed by leading experts in children and young people's mental health and may contribute towards your continuing professional development.

MindEd contains some specialised sections of e-learning for those joining or working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and for students studying Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) at University. Learners can access this learning path via the MindEd home page.

MindEd also contains a curriculum called MindEd Counselling, an e-learning programme to support training of school and youth counsellors and supervisors working in primary, secondary, tertiary and community settings, as well as the independent sector. Learners can access this curriculum directly via the MindEd home page.

MindEd also has a special section designed for parents, carers and families (MindEd for Families). These topics are shorter and more closely interlinked. The topics work really well on mobile devices and they can also be really useful as an introduction to main MindEd site. As a healthcare professional you should make yourself familiar with this material as it could prove very valuable in referring worried parents, or even some adolescents, for support and advice.

Is it compulsory?

No, but we think that if you have a duty of care for children and young people that this is the wrong question to be asking. We feel that you should instead be interested in whether MindEd will help you do a better job and improve outcomes for those in your care.

MindEd helps adults to spot mental health problems (looking at how problems show themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example) and demonstrate action to take in the best interests of the child or young person.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

It can help you be prepared to deal with an issue before it arises or equally, it can provide much needed guidance to handle an issue of which you're already aware.

I'm already learning about this. Will MindEd add value?

The MindEd content has been written by leading experts in the field of children and young people's mental health. We're certain that it will add value – either by teaching you something new, inspiring you to do more, or simply reinforcing what you already know. You can also print certificates for sessions completed for your personal learning record.

Will it contradict what I'm learning?

No. The MindEd content has been written by leading experts in the field of children and young people's mental health and is based on best practice. It should complement any teaching from other reliable, accredited sources.

Will it teach me all I need to know?

No, MindEd wasn't created to replace other forms of learning. It is for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. It provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

What is a 'Learning Management System' (LMS)?

MindEd is based around a Learning Management System (LMS). When you register and sign in to MindEd you are signing into an LMS. Registered users can manage their learning in the ‘My MindEd’ section of the site.

You do not need to register with MindEd to access the e-learning resources, however, by signing in to the LMS you will be given access to a learning path, specifically created to suit your individual learning requirements. The LMS keeps a track of your learning by recording completed sessions and tracking your progress through sessions (if you do not have time to complete a session, the next time you visit that session, you will be asked if you would like to start where you last finished). It also allows you generate certificates and offers the opportunity to feedback on any specific session.

When you have finished an e-learning session you will be prompted to mark the session as complete. If you are signed in, this will mark the session as complete on your learning record. You will also be provided with a link to print a completion certificate. 

I want to tell my colleagues / members about MindEd. Are there any promotional materials I can use?

A range of materials has been created to help you to encourage your colleagues or members to access the MindEd e-learning programme and improve the knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent mental health in your organisation.

You can download a poster, infographic, leaflet, and web banners from the resources page, which you will find on here (http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/minded/).

What is a Learning Path?

MindEd contains over 350 sessions and topics, but not all of these will be appropriate for all users. As well as providing the sessions, we also provide suggested Learning Paths, grouped by sectors such as Education, or Health, identifying those sessions which are most relevant to you, so that you can quickly access them.

MindEd is working with many professional organisations to develop Learning Paths. Where a Learning Path has not yet been developed for your profession or role, a Foundation Learning Path is suggested as an introduction. Why not speak to your own organisation about a Learning Path for you and your colleagues, or contact us at minded@rcpsych.ac.uk

I am interested in creating a Learning Path for professionals in my sector. What is involved and who do I contact?

Creating a Learning Path is a partnership. It involves identifying those sessions which are most appropriate for your user group and deciding what order you would like these to be presented in. The MindEd team will help any professional organisation interested in creating a Learning Path through the process.

If you are interested in creating a Learning Path, please contact us at minded@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Is MindEd evidence based?

MindEd is based on evidence of best practice and has been written by leading experts in child and young person's mental health. Every session includes a resources section which lists references and further reading. Our resources page (found here, http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/minded/) also contains links to additional evidence based research to enable further reading.

How will you ensure that it reflects all the latest research?

MindEd has been written by leading experts in child and young person's mental health. It is managed and maintained by Health Education England. Content will be reviewed regularly and new evidence represented. Our resources page (found here, http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/minded/) also contains links to additional evidence based research to enable further reading.

Won't MindEd encourage harmful 'vigilante' counselling which creates undue distress for children, young people and their families?

No. We're certainly not suggesting that non specialists attempt the diagnosis, counselling or treatment of children and young people. MindEd will certainly not equip non specialists to do so.

MindEd is for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. It provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved. This may include talking to that child or their parent, or suggesting referral to a GP or counsellor.

Won't it lead to a host of misdiagnosis and 'worried well' and an extra burden on an already over-stretched service?

In reality, we know that up to three-quarters of mental health problems in children and young people go undetected and undiagnosed. This is not good for the wellbeing, now or in the future, of our children, young people and their families. It's clear that action is wanted and needed to turn the tide and that is why MindEd has been developed.

Importantly, we're certainly not suggesting non specialists attempt the diagnosis, counselling or treatment of children and young people. MindEd will certainly not equip non specialists to do so.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults the confidence to identify a potential mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

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