MindEd - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • BPS
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • RCPCH
  • Royal College of General Pracitioners

About the MindEd programme

With three-quarters of adult mental disorders in evidence by the age of 21, effective early intervention can be essential in preventing the development of ill health and disability. MindEd provides accessible, engaging online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. The education and knowledge provided is instrumental in breaking down stigma and maximising the life chances for all children and young people.

MindEd offers free, completely open access, online education in over 300 topics. Our e-learning is applicable to a wide range of learners across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings.

Our aim is to provide simple, clear guidance on children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and development to any adult working with children, young people and families, to help them support the development of young healthy minds.

The e-learning content is written to be suitable for all types of users, from healthcare and non-healthcare workforces, such as teachers or GPs, through to the general public.

MindEd Rewind 2016

MindEd has grown consistently and significantly year on year since its launch in 2014, and 2016 was no exception. The team is pleased to announce the launch of our Rewind video that was developed to capture our key activities in 2016 and our hopes for 2017. We hope that you enjoy finding out about MindEd and we encourage you to share this using the hashtag #MindEdRewind16.

Who and What is it for?

MindEd will help you become informed and better equipped when dealing with children and young people.

It is aimed at anyone working or volunteering regularly with children or young people, 0-18 years of age. There are a range of materials extending from the general level to more specialised levels. The majority of children develop healthy minds and bodies, but it helps us to help them if we understand better what is healthy, how to support good health and what needs closer attention.

All of the e-learning topics in MindEd can be completed as a ‘one off’ or ‘stand-alone’ learning experience. Alternatively, you can sign up to the MindEd learning community and complete several sessions or begin a learning path. Creating an account means that your activity will be recorded in a personal learning account.

It also means you have the option to print certificates to evidence your learning.

The more actively you reflect on the cases and different learning materials in MindEd, the better equipped you will become to support the development of young healthy minds.

If you are aware of a child or young person at serious risk of harm you should contact your local support services immediately.

Top 10 benefits for learners

  • Increased awareness and understanding of child mental health;
  • Confidence to tackle challenging situations positively by identifying and using creative problem solving skills and techniques;
  • Developed by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in the field of child mental health;
  • Credible, high quality learning resources to challenge and inspire;
  • Supported by a consortium of well-respected partner organisations;
  • Easy to use: with stand-alone modules that can be grouped for their relevance to you and your situation;
  • A range of real life case studies are used to inform your learning;
  • Flexible approach, learn at your pace when and where you like;
  • Free to register and learn;
  • Certificates can be printed as proof of completion.

Testimonials

  • MindEd
  • MindEd for Families
  • Safeguarding
  • Self-harm and Risky Behaviour
  • Counselling Children and Young People
  • Applying the Law

Who is behind MindEd?

Minded was developed by a consortium of partner organisations and funding by the Department of Health, the Department for Education and Health Education England.

The e-learning content has been written and edited by leading experts from the UK and internationally.  We are confident that the learning materials represent the very best advice and knowledge, presented in an easily digested, engaging and practical way.

Contact us and keep in touch

If you would like to know more about MindEd, or offer feedback on the programme we would love to hear from you!

Please email us: minded@rcpsych.ac.uk.

If you are having problems either creating an account or logging on to the platform please email the technical support team: minded.enquiries@e-lfh.org.uk.

Programme content

  • MindEd Universal (Core) Content
  • Counselling MindEd
  • Healthy School Child Programme
  • Targeted and Specialist CAMHS
  • MindEd e-Therapies Evidence Review

Digital risk resources

Digital Risk and Resilience Resources

This resource is an on-going development as information and support for all professionals who work with children and young people.  The content has been co-produced by Xenzone and young people from their online counselling and support service, Kooth.

Young people’s understanding and experience of the digital world often exceeds that of adults and professionals.  To help young people navigate the digital world we require more nuanced discussions and conversations about digital resilience.

This resource aims to provide the tools to begin to explore digital resilience with young people by providing information on key concepts, new ideas and links for further information.  For more exploration of theoretical underpinnings and deeper learning on this topic, come and try our e-learning session on digital risk and resilience, there are also sessions available specifically on risk elements:

This resource does not claim to have all the answers.  Through each of these pages we have links to vital information on each topic.  For general information in this area, we recommend:

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Youngminds

Rationale for a resilience building approach

Parent

Digital resilience building is everyone’s responsibility

  • E-Safety
  • Digital Footprint
  • Identity
  • Self esteem
  • Personal skills
  • Boundaries
  • Social impact
  • Cyberbullying
  • Pornography
  • Online gaming
  • Radicalisation
  • Access to information
  • Online CSE

General resources

MindEd e-learning sessions include links to external references and related information. This section includes additional information, general resources and useful links.

  • E-Therapies review
  • The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  • Youth Wellbeing Directory
  • Place2Be
  • Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
  • Kidstime:Who Cares?
  • External references
  • Background reading
  • Promoting the MindEd programme
  • Evaluation of MindEd

Frequently asked questions

  • 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.

  • 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.

Programme Team

  • Alistair Thomson

    Dr Alistair Thomson

    Consortium Executive
  • Dr Raphael Kelvin

    Dr Raphael Kelvin

    Consortium Clinical Lead
  • Dr Brian Jacobs

    Dr Brian Jacobs

    Lead Editor, Children and Young People
  • Dr Regi Alexander

    Dr Regi Alexander

    Lead Editor, Learning Disabilities
  • Dr Claire Hilton

    Dr Claire Hilton

    Lead Editor, Older People
  • Keith Chambers

    Keith Chambers

    Programme Manager
  • Alex Laver

    Alex Laver

    Programme Administrator
  • Ade Shannon

    Ade Shannon

    Project Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Jen Van Iwaarden

    Jen VanIwaarden

    Lead Instructional Designer, e-Learning for Healthcare

Counselling MindEd

  • Helen Coles

    Helen Coles

    Head of Professional Standards, BACP
  • Dr Susan Dale

    Dr Susan Dale

    Good Practice Guidance Manager, BACP
  • Judy Stafford

    Judy Stafford

    Administrator to Good Practice Guidance Manager, BACP

e-LfH Technical Team

  • Profile picture of programme director Martin Sinclair

    Martin Sinclair

    Programme Lead, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Bob Smith

    Bob Smith

    Site Administration, e-Learning for Healthcare

Thank you to our whole team

  • MindEd is an enormous undertaking and would have not been possible without the support and enthusiasm of many, many people, to whom we say Thank You!

How to access

All MindEd content is free to access, with no registration necessary. However, registration is recommended, as this allows users to track their learning, provide feedback on sessions, and retain certificates of completion. All MindEd content can be accessed at https://www.minded.org.uk.

If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the MindEd programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

If you are new to both MindEd and e-LfH, and do not qualify for an e-LfH account, you can register through the MindEd registration page.

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