There are lots of really helpful self-learning opportunities which provide a chance to widen your knowledge about mental health and wellbeing. Some of these require you to register for an account, but this is free and open to anyone working outside of the NHS.
Self Learning Courses
Understanding the impact of trauma and responding in a trauma-informed way
This is the foundation module for a set of learning resources from the National Trauma Training Program and is designed to increase your understanding of what psychological trauma is, how it can affect the people you work with, and how people can be supported to recover.
Opening Doors: Trauma Informed Practice for the Workforce
This is a short animation which provides an introduction to trauma.
More information: Opening Doors: Trauma Informed Practice for the Workforce
Mental health improvement and suicide prevention
Animations which cover the areas of mental wellbeing, suicide prevention and having compassionate conversations with people who are experiencing mental distress or may be feeling suicidal.
More information: Mental health improvement and suicide prevention
Promoting children and young people’s mental health and preventing self harm and suicide
This module is for staff working in health, care and wider services who support children and young people who may be at risk of poor mental health, self harm or suicide. The aim is to help workers to understand the factors that influence mental health and resilience in CYP, engage proactively with CYP about mental health, self harm, and suicide and recognise when to seek help to support those in their care.
Understanding maternal mental health
This module describes mental health problems in pregnancy and the post-natal period, the impact on the woman, infant, partner and family life. The importance of early intervention and risk assessment, and how to optimise mental health, including understanding care pathways and management strategies.
More information: Understanding maternal mental health
NHS England e-learning for healthcare portal
The NHS England e-learning for healthcare portal has a number of short and useful e-learning modules which you may be interested in. These are designed for healthcare professionals but are relevant more widely to other practitioners. To access these you will need to register for a free account.
Courses available include (you will need to be registered and signed in for these links to work):
- Five ways to wellbeing. This module is designed to build confidence in discussing things people can do to help improve and maintain their wellbeing to give them the confidence to stay physically and mentally well.
- All Our Health: Mental Health & Wellbeing. This module provides an overview of mental health and wellbeing – including key evidence, data and signposting to trusted resources to help prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing.
- Staying mentally well – spotting warning lights. This module is designed to help people identify the objective signs of stressful situations and develop positive habits to keep themselves well.
- Mental health awareness for healthcare professionals. This module gives a broad overview of what encompasses mental illness whilst highlighting the link between mental and physical health diagnoses. It also provides some simple guidance on how best to care for someone with mental health difficulties.
- Mental health awareness for volunteers. This module provides an overview of mental health for volunteers.
Wellbeing at work
The See Me in Work e-Learning Portal is a programme to help you understand more about mental health stigma and discrimination in work covering:
- Chapter 1 – Stigma and discrimination in work
- Chapter 2 – Recruitment and applying for a new post
- Chapter 3 – Recognising signs and symptoms and tackling performance issues
- Chapter 4 – Disclosing a mental health problem in work
- Chapter 5 – Why colleagues can have a positive role in supporting someone with a mental health problem
- Chapter 6 – Returning to work: Reasonable adjustments
See Me have developed the It’s Okay to Talk resource pack with tools for individuals and groups who want to try and have more open conversations about mental health.
See Me have developed resources to support young people directly and also adults who are supporting young people.
Penumbra have developed the Self-Harm Network Scotland, an online resource for those seeking support with self-harm.
Aye Mind provides a range of digital tools that can be used to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.