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MindEd resources for teachers and education staff as pupils return to the classroom

Posted on: September 6th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and MindEd are inviting teachers and education staff to access 3 useful resources to support pupils as they return to school and college this September.

Adverse Childhood Experiences is designed to deliver key knowledge and skills development for teachers and other professionals in schools to support children who have been affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as domestic violence, abuse or neglect.

The module covers topics including:

  • The science behind ACEs
  • Building resilience for children affected by ACEs
  • General classroom management of children affected by ACEs

Suicide and Self-harm Prevention Skills for Schools aims to help teachers, social workers, volunteers and parents to better understand how to approach children and young people in difficult situations. The session offers skills building scenarios and supporting knowledge sessions to help learners:

  • talk to a young person who they suspect of harming themselves
  • know what to say that will be helpful
  • assess their safety and co-create safety plans
  • learn more about what helps and what can make things worse
  • learn what do if a young person has experienced a death by suicide
  • understand the overlap and differences between suicidal thinking and self-harm

Coronavirus Staff Resilience Tips supports teachers and education staff with useful tips on a variety of subjects during these challenging times, including:

  • Stress and trauma – this session explores the psychology of stress and trauma and what to do about it in children and young people.
  • Loss and bereavement – this session provides learners with advice and tips to help a child or young person who has lost a loved one during the pandemic or has faced loss in other forms, such as a loss of relationships through lack of play activities and feeling isolated from friends.

 

MindEd is a free educational and training resource for mental health support.  The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New “Blue Light” mental health and wellbeing resource added to MindEd programme

Posted on: August 25th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new resource to help “Blue Light” colleagues better support each other has been added to Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s MindEd programme.

Rates of distress and mental disorder in emergency services staff are known to be high. Collectively, “Blue Light” personnel and emergency responders have expressed a wish to be able to support each other better.

In response to this, Blue Light Services Building Staff Psychosocial Resilience and Wellbeing has been developed for professionals across all emergency services including ambulance, police, lifeboats, fire, search and rescue. The resource consists of 4 elearning sessions to help learners identify colleagues who are struggling and offer advice to better support one another and manage early distress.

The 4 sessions, which each take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete, cover the following topics:

  • Caring for Blue Light Teams – An Organisation-wide Approach
  • Supporting Your Colleagues Effectively
  • Staying Mentally Well – Spotting Warning SignsEffective Conversations With Our Peers
  • Effective Conversations With Our PeersThe sessions complement the existing Top Tips for Blue Light Staff which were developed earlier this year.

For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the Blue Light Services Building Staff Psychosocial Resilience and Wellbeing programme page.

MindEd is a free educational and training resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has added a new elearning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

The new session – Formulation and Working Across Agencies in Self-harm – helps learners understand the ways in which different mental health services can work together to support people with suicidal ideas.

The resource discusses the case of a young adult who presents to services with suicidal ideation and self-harm. The resource reviews the ways services may work together to manage risk and provide support.

Learners can work through this video-rich case study session on their own or in a face to face group setting. Additional materials are provided as downloadable PDFs to complement the resource. This includes learning points at key moments in the videos.

By the end of this session, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, learners will gain an understanding of features which may promote or hinder continuity of care between services, such as effective collaboration and sharing key information, and how this will impact positively or negatively on delivery of care.

The session is aimed at health and care professionals who, within their daily work, may encounter people feeling suicidal and/or self-harming, such as GPs, paramedics, emergency department colleagues, university mental health support staff, community mental health teams and social workers.

The latest session is the 6th and final session within the Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is free to access.

For more information and to access the resource, visit the Formulation and Working Across Agencies in Self-harm session.

MindEd is a free educational and training resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

MindEd infographic highlights programme’s success during COVID-19

Posted on: July 1st, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for Healthcare (HEE elfh) has produced an infographic charting the achievements of its flagship mental health programme, MindEd, through the pandemic.
MindEd: A year in review highlights the successes of the elearning programme from April 2020 to April 2021 by featuring a record-breaking 50,265 session launches in May last year. It also shows that, on average, a session was launched every 90 seconds and 12 hours of learning was completed every hour, 365 days a year.

The infographic also offers a percentage breakdown of users based on their profession and found that 40 per cent of learners came from a health background while 15 per cent worked in education.
Positive feedback from learners, mental health statistics and details about the Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub can also be found on the infographic.

MindEd offers more than 500 free open access elearning sessions about the mental health of children, young people, adults and older people. The resources cover a range of topics including suicide and self-harm prevention and adverse childhood experiences. Emergency services colleagues can also access tips on enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of staff who find themselves working in difficult situations.

For more information and to access the programme’s resources, please visit the MindEd programme page.

MindEd Infographic

New top tips for “Blue Light” colleagues added to MindEd programme

Posted on: May 26th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A collection of helpful short tips to support emergency services colleagues who experience stress and trauma as a result of their jobs has been added to Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s MindEd programme.

The tips and advice, which are aimed at team leaders and colleagues within “Blue Light” services including police, ambulance, fire and rescue, focus on enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of staff who find themselves working in difficult situations.

Top Tips for Blue Light Managers and Team Leaders are intended to help:

  • build psychosocial resilience and wellbeing across teams and organisations
  • reduce risk of burn-out
  • support those with additional mental health and wellbeing needs

Top Tips for Blue Light Team Members include:

  • building healthy, mutual support between colleagues
  • managing one’s own stress
  • managing the stress of colleagues
  • reducing risk of burn-out

To access the top tips, which have been developed by experts and members of Blue Light services, please visit the Top Tips for Blue Light Staff programme page.

To complement these tips, 4 additional elearning sessions will be added to the MindEd programme from June 2021. These include 3 standard knowledge-based sessions on the topics of organisational wide mental wellbeing, how colleagues can support each other effectively and how to stay mentally well while spotting warning signs. A skills building session will also cover key skills around resilience, trust and confidentiality, and provide a case study to demonstrate how staff can have conversations with peers if they are concerned.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information and to access the programme’s resources, please visit the MindEd programme page.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has added a new elearning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

The session is aimed at health and care professionals who, within their daily work, may encounter people feeling suicidal, such as GPs, paramedics, emergency department colleagues and social workers. On completion of the resource, learners will:

  • consider how being in a suicidal crisis can make someone feel
  • understand what structured care for suicidality looks like and where it can be accessed
  • know what safety planning is and how to involve someone in their own safety plan
  • learn how to help someone who is feeling suicidal to complete a safety plan

The latest session complements 4 existing sessions within the Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is also free to access. The final session on assessment and formulation will be available soon.

For more information and to access the session, visit the Structured Care and Safety Planning session.

MindEd is a free educational and training resource for mental health support.  The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: February 11th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has added a new elearning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

In the session – Postvention Support for Staff and Organisational Response – learners will gain an understanding of the impact of bereavement by suicide on family, colleagues and friends, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, by following the story of two people affected by a suicide. The session explains how effective and timely support after a suspected death by suicide can reduce the distress experienced by people affected, and how colleagues can support those affected by suicide on their return to work.

The Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is free to access, offers guidance and advice to anyone who is directly involved with caring for or in contact with those who have suicidal ideas, with or without self-harm, or those who self-harm, with or without current suicidal ideas. This could include health and care professionals, parents, carers and teachers.

It is designed to support learners with knowledge-oriented sessions to help identify the dos and don’ts in these difficult situations – such as remaining calm and compassionate when reacting to self-harm or suicide attempts – and skills building sessions which equip them with the skills to act.

The latest session complements 3 existing sessions on self-harm, making an assessment and therapeutic consultation competencies.

A further 2 sessions on assessment and formulation and structured care and intervention including safety planning will be available soon.

For more information and to access the session, visit the Postvention Support for Staff and Organisational Response session.

There are 2 existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available on the MindEd Suicide and Self-harm Prevention programme page.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New resources added to MindEd’s Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub

Posted on: January 27th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has added 2 new elearning resources to the MindEd Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub.

The Hub, which was created last April in response to the pandemic, features tips and advice for frontline staff to help them better support each other across all services through these difficult times. Existing resources cover topics such as helping each other, end of life, stress and fear.

Phase 2 of the Hub now includes the following 2 new resources aimed at staff supporting children and young people in these challenging times:

  • Stress and Trauma – this session explores the psychology of stress and trauma and what to do about it in children and young people. It offers advice to all professionals involved with caring for children and young people, including teachers and education staff.
  • Loss and Bereavement – this session provides learners with advice and tips to help a child or young person who has lost a loved one during the pandemic or has faced loss in other forms, such as a loss of relationships through lack of play activities and feeling isolated from friends.

The new and existing resources can be found by visiting the Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

MindEd’s new online Adverse Childhood Behaviours sessions

Posted on: November 18th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

New sessions added to MindEd’s Adverse Childhood Behaviours elearning programme
Health Education England elearning for healthcare has added three new sessions on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to its MindEd mental health elearning programme.
A child, whose mind and body are overly stressed and in fight, flight or freeze mode, is not open for learning. ACEs have short and long-term negative life changing consequences across education, health, care, criminal justice, later employment and life expectancy outcomes.

The new sessions, which complement the existing three sessions that went live in September 2020, are aimed at teachers and other professionals in schools. They focus on case studies across three different areas:

  • Multi-agency Working – this session focuses on a mental health service which addresses issues with multiple agencies using different frameworks to support children with ACEs, which can lead to miscommunication between professionals. The learner will be prompted to think about some techniques that work in meetings, and how to manage disagreement.
  • Anxiety and Distress in the Classroom: Internalising Difficulties – in this session the learner is asked to think about how to help children in the classroom who have ACEs. Learners meet Billy, aged 10, who is distressed about moving to senior school and Kayleigh, aged 16, who feels excluded by her peers but has fortunately found one good friend and a supportive teacher. The session explores how to separately support Kayleigh, in simple but important ways that make all the difference.

Behavioural Issues in the Classroom: Externalising Difficulties – this session focuses on a young boy who has not completed his homework due to difficulties at home living with a mother who has depression and alcoholism. Through this session learners explore how to be sensitive in these situations and avert difficulties in the classroom with young people who can be volatile because of their circumstances.
The sessions are freely available to access here: https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/653614.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

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