Connect 5Together: Let’s change the mental wellbeing conversation across Greater Manchester.

We currently have funding from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to roll out our Connect 5 - Train the Trainer programme across Greater Manchester.

This funding is available until September 2021. Please book your places on our training as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this fantastic opportunity. 


Book your place now

To be eligible for our fully funded train the trainer course you must attend module 1 prior to your course starting (or have completed connect 5 previously) and be able to attend all four sessions of the train the trainer cohort. You must also sign the learning agreement and have booked on to module 2 and 3 before the course starting. You do not have to have attended module 2 or 3 before your course starts but you must complete these before being signed off as a Connect 5 trainer.


To book please book directly via the links found below under Available Core Modules:

Please also send a completed signed learning agreement to trainingacademy [at] - Please click here to download a copy for you to sign


Available Core Modules

You must attend Module 1 before the train the trainer course starts.

These dates are only for those who are undertaking our Train the Trainer programme. Please do not book if you are just looking to attend individual modules.


Date Time Modules Book
Tuesday 31st August 1pm - 4pm Module 1 Link
Thursday 19th August 1pm - 4pm Module 2 Fully Booked
Wedsnesday 8th September 9:30am - 12:30pm Module 2 Link
Tuesday 24th August 1pm - 4pm Module 3 Fully Booked
Wedsnesday 15th September 9:30am - 12:30pm Module 3 Link

Please note - These will be our last dates before the funding stream ends.


Available Train the Trainer Cohorts

You must attend all four of these sessions in addition to the core modules!

There are a variety of dates/time frames so there is something suitable for everyone so some cohorts may take longer to complete than others.


Cohort Face to Face or Online Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Link
17 Online 9th August PM 10th August PM 11th August PM 12th August PM Link
18 Online 23rd August AM 23rd August PM 25th August AM 25th August PM Fully Booked
19 Online 7th September AM 9th September AM 14th September AM 16th September AM Fully Booked
20 Online 20th September AM 20th September PM 22nd September AM 22nd September PM Fully Booked


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 / 2 / 3

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

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


"I thought that the session today was excellent. It was presented well by Mel and good interaction with the other group members. I am looking forward to taking part in the second session as soon as it is up and running. I have passed details to other people who I think would benefit from attending these sessions."

Douglas Craddock – Army Cadet Force


"I really enjoyed this training and have learnt many new skills. I really enjoyed the small group work and felt as it was online there were not as many opportunities to speak in the larger group and I felt I had 'saved' it all until the end (which Mel was very patient with). Mel is a great trainer and managed the group and process very well, listening and hearing what everyone contributed."

Emma Lenihan – Calm Connections


"I found all the Connect 5 sessions very useful, learning experience and it was nice to work in smaller groups for everyone to get their feedback in. Looking forward to doing the next Connect 5 session."

Fozia Khan – Pennine Care


"I really enjoyed the session, Mel was a great trainer and was very supportive, made everyone feel at ease. I've never used Zoom before, so I found this really helpful that Mel sent us a how to link - thanks Mel. I really enjoyed going into the 'break out' rooms and working in small groups, then going into whole group feedback and discussion. Thank you for a really good session."

Debbie Tyszkowski – Guiness Partnership


"Helped develop an understanding of the difference between mental wellbeing and symptoms of mental health. Demonstrated ways of opening difficult conversations. Used different theories that can be used in practice when working with someone with low wellbeing. Helped to understand the things I can do for my own wellbeing."

Paige Artus – Pure Innovations


"I found the online course extremely informative. I feel I have a much greater understanding of mental wellbeing and will be far more confident when discussing these issues with clients.  A big thank you to Mel who delivered the online course, Mel was extremely informative and delivered the course professionally."

Julie Simpson – Bury Council


"A lot of the content is familiar to me as a Samaritan, but the different models studied were interesting and helpful. The small group work was useful, and Mel's general approach was warm, informed and encouraging. My first Zoom meeting - a learning experience! Looking forward to Module 2."

Isobel Matthews – Samaritans


"I thoroughly enjoyed this Connect 5 session - I didn't know how the Virtual sessions would feel compared to the face to face sessions but it certainly worked from my point of view. Mel was great, making connections to us all and slick with the break out rooms/white board function etc. Really enjoyed it thank you :)"

Francesca Tabern – Wigan Council


"The pace was just right, the language was very accessible, you explained clearly what was going to happen in terms of using Zoom. The time just whizzed. Excellent."

Jane McAllister – NHS


"Enjoyable 3 hours. It was a refresher and complemented other training that I have completed in the past."

Julie Miller – Oldham council


"I am new to a role where mental health issues exist, found the content was good for a beginner like myself and the more experienced members on the module. Found it very educational and thought provoking and look forward to Module 3."

Jane Lees – Age UK


"A very interesting and thought provoking session. Lots of ideas and tools to help promote wellbeing. Thank you."

Phillip Brooke – Active Tameside

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