Connect 5 has been developed by a unique partnership of academic, clinical and public mental health expertise based primarily in Greater Manchester. Connect 5 is a mental health promotion training programme based on the latest evidence base. Evaluation has shown it increases the confidence and core skills of front line staff so they are more effective in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing. It has been designed to help people manage stress and distress and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive change. Connect 5 takes the position that we don’t need to be mental health specialists to support those who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems.

 

Both the 'Face to Face' and 'Live Online' Connect 5 training aim to improve population health by changing the way people have conversations about mental wellbeing with the public. Both training programmes contain the same content with the 'Live Online' training having been developed and piloted in light of the recent crisis and social distancing responsibilities we all face.

 

Connect 5 provides an introduction to:

  • Our characters, whose stories span the three connect 5 training sessions

  • The five ways to wellbeing

  • The five areas model (on which the three sessions are based)

  • Different public health models of mental health, mental illness and mental wellbeing

  • Initiating conversations about mental wellbeing and the key skills needed

 

Connect 5

The focus of Connect 5 is to enable you to feel more confident and skilled to work collaboratively with individual adults,

so you can help them improve their mental wellbeing and:

  • Better understand language around mental health, mental wellbeing and mental illness

  • Learn about local services and self-help resources available

  • Become more confident about offering wellbeing advice and support within your everyday work or volunteering role

  • Provide an accessible, de-stigmatised common language and understanding with which to confidently discuss mental wellbeing and distress in day-to-day settings

  • Impact the numbers of people transitioning from poor mental wellbeing into serious mental health problems and to support improved access for those in need of specialist help

 

Connect 5 is relevant to a wide range of non-specialist frontline staff who work with people at risk of poor mental health. It uniquely optimises opportunities for building a culture of self-management, prevention and improved access to psychological approaches for mental health and wellbeing.  Examples of relevant workforces could include: justice and rehabilitation, social care, housing associations, social enterprise and third sector, pastoral and higher education support services, allied health as well as hair dressers, barbers, taxi drivers and really anyone in a public facing role. All can benefit from this evidence based innovative and grounded training.

 

Connect 5 - Live Online Training Dates

If your organisation has 10 -12 participants wanting to access the Connect 5 training you are welcome to contact us to arrange an organisation specific course. Module 1 must be completed prior to accessing and completing Module 2. Dates for our upcoming training are as follows: 

2nd July 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 1

25th June 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 2

17th June 2020 // 3pm - 6pm -- Module 2

25th June 2020 // 19am - 1pm -- Module 2

30th June 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 1

2nd July 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 1

6th July 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 1

7th July 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 2

13th July 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 2

20th July 2020 // 1pm - 4pm -- Module 1

23rd July 2020 // 1pm - 4pm -- Module 1

27th July 2020 // 10am - 1pm -- Module 1

 

Event registration closes at 9am the working day before the training starts (this is to make sure everyone gets the relevant information prior and in good time). If registration is full or closed please email us and we’ll add you to the list and then contact you as soon as we have new dates available.

Benefits and Outcome Measures

What are the outcomes for the worker that attends connect 5?

  • Improved service delivery by staff in participating organisations

  • Increased capacity of the workforce to support people with low level mental health/wellbeing who either would not meet the criteria for specialist mental health services or who do not want to be referred

  • Continuing support and reinforcing of the learning for those who have accessed IAPT services

  • Developing psychological readiness for clients to make most effective use of IAPT/mental health services

  • Increased awareness of frontline staff regarding how to improve their own mental health and wellbeing

  • Increased skill in holding a conversation around mental wellbeing

  • Increased confidence and skill of participants when they talk about mental health to people who use their services

  • Increased skill in applying practical evidence-based activities that participants can use in helping someone to improve their mental health and wellbeing

 

What is the outcome for the people using services that have connect 5 trained staff?

  • Improved access to support for people with low level mental health problems, given that the majority of people with poor mental health and low levels of mental wellbeing will not be I touch with specialist mental health services

  • Increased health and wellbeing for people with low level mental health/wellbeing

  • Improved knowledge and skills in self-management and care of their own mental health and wellbeing

Module 1

Brief mental health and wellbeing advice. Aims to raise awareness of how you can support mental health and wellbeing within your everyday practice the intended outcome of session 1 is to change the way we have mental wellbeing conversations so that we are confident and skilled to have brief conversations in which we help a person think about ways they can take action to improve their mental wellbeing.

 

The purpose of this session is to:

  • Extend participants skills and confidence to have mental wellbeing conversations within everyday practice

  • Explain two public mental health models so that they can be used to frame mental wellbeing conversations

  • Describe the 3 Cs of connected conversations

  • Locate mental wellbeing services and resources in your area

 

This session focusses on conversations in which you suggest ways a person can take action to improve mental wellbeing. These conversations can include brief wellbeing advice such as “have you thought of looking at any self-help materials?” This behaviour assumes that you might not have opportunity in terms of your role or time to go a step further and, together with the person, develop a shared understanding of their mental health and wellbeing needs

This 3 hour session is practical and interactive, involving a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs.

Module 2

Brief mental health and wellbeing intervention. Aims to develop your skills and confidence to recognise mental health and wellbeing needs and to make effective interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing

This session provides opportunities to gain greater insight into experiences of stress and distress and explores how to help people take their first steps to feeling better. Participants will gain confidence and skills needed to help others improve their mental health and wellbeing

The intended outcome of session 2 is to change the way we have mental wellbeing conversations so that we can have conversations in which we and the person we are talking with develop a shared understanding of their mental wellbeing needs.

The purpose of this session is to:

  • Apply the five areas model to a wellbeing conversation

  • Practice the 3Cs of connected conversation

  • Assess the nature and extent of the mental wellbeing issue being presented to ensure people get the right help at the right time

  • Identify steps that can be taken to improve mental wellbeing

  • Locate services and resources that support people to improve mental wellbeing

This session focuses on conversations in which you and the person you are talking to develop a shared understanding of that person’s wellbeing needs. These conversations include brief mental wellbeing interventions. This goes beyond the brief wellbeing advice covered in session 1. These conversations provide a framework for a person to understand why they feel like they do and what action they can take for themselves to feel better.

 

This 3 hour session is practical and interactive, involving a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs.

 

Module 3

Extended mental health and wellbeing intervention. Aims to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to use a range of strategies and interventions which effectively support people to take positive steps to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

This session will advance your skills to work collaboratively with clients to create an action plan and integrate brief interventions to motivate and support people to make changes that last. The intended outcome of session 3 is to change the way we have mental wellbeing conversations so that we have conversations that empower a person to make changes that address their mental wellbeing needs.

The purpose of this session is to:

  • Explain a number of strategies and techniques that break the vicious cycle at each of the five areas

  • Apply strategies and techniques relating to each of the five areas

  • Practice implementing self-management strategies to support successful change processes

  • Practice working collaboratively to set goals

  • Incorporate self-management strategies and resources into everyday practice.

This session focuses on conversations in which you use appropriate methods to empower a person to make changes that address their mental wellbeing.

These conversations work with someone to help them gain insight into actions that might help them to address their mental wellbeing.

 

This session is practical and interactive, involving a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs.

 

Become a Connect 5 Trainer

Once you have attended the three connect 5 sessions you are able to sign up to become a trainer which will enable you to deliver connect 5 to your workplace and community. Prospective trainers will attend the Connect 5 Train the Trainer programme delivered by a lead trainer – an experienced Connect 5 trainer who also has expertise in teaching training skills for Connect 5.

 

Trainers for Connect 5 will aim to achieve behaviour change within the workforce. This behaviour change will be framed by the COM-B model of capability, opportunity and motivation. By understanding this model it can help you to deliver training that is effective in changing the behaviour of participants.  Our train the trainer course runs for two full days and will cover the skills needed to effectively deliver the three day connect 5 course. participants are taught the underpinning frameworks, principles, values and approaches of the Connect 5 programme as well as skills on how to deliver connect 5 sessions 1, 2 and 3 to peers.

Session one will cover:

  • Using transformative educator skills to create an effective adult learning environment

  • Attending to emotions that might surface on the course

  • Asking questions and giving feedback

  • Training for behaviour change

  • Trainers box of tricks

  • Identifying who you are and reflective practice as a trainer

 

Session two will cover:

  • Setting up for practice

  • Practice session

  • Action planning for delivery

  • Establishing needs moving forward

 

Once you are signed off as a Connect 5 trainer you will:

  • Be able to deliver all the connect 5 sessions

  • Be able to access online development pathways

  • Be part of a community of best practice

  • Be able to attend CPD events

  • Receive one to one mentoring from lead trainers

If you would like to deliver CBT based sessions with clients, you will also be able to access our printed resources including living life to the full, reclaim your life and enjoy your baby which are designed by Chris Williams and free for you to use in your sessions.

Feedback and Testimonials

“I found the overall experience to be helpful, in particular the break out room sessions during the training. I found them to be an effective way of collaborating information, and gaining insight and ideas from fellow practitioners within the mental health field”

Megan McCann – Community wellbeing practitioner

 

“I found the Connect 5 training extremely informative – my favourite part was being able to connect with others who had different experiences and learning from these experiences. The online delivery was smooth and enjoyable.”

Mary Taylor – Wellbeing Centre Coordinator

 

“Really informative and the time went so quickly because it was so insightful. I’d call it a simple yet necessary and effective learning experience!”

Leonie Quilliam – Community Wellbeing Practitioner

 

“It was great to get together  and see the way different people view and deal with mental health through the tasks of the session! It helped during these uncertain times to get the conversation going about mental health and the ways in which we can keep on top of our wellbeing”

Jessica Atkins – Community Wellbeing Practitioner

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