‘What’s on your mind?’ First Aid for Mental Health in C&YP
The causes of distress can be many and varied. How one person reacts or responds to a certain situation will be different from that of another. It is also important to note that just because someone is distressed or ‘stressed’ does not necessarily imply that they have a mental health problem. The purpose of this training is not to consider diagnosis of mental health problems – and whilst it is appropriate to be aware of the possibility of a mental health problem existing, it is more important to consider early recognition and appropriate responses to emotional and mental distress that may prevent continuing problems or a mental health problem manifesting.
At times, we adults can feel unsure as to how to approach someone who is distressed – the fear of intruding, making matters worse or not knowing what to say can leave us feeling ineffective and powerless; and the individual in distress is left feeling undervalued, isolated and vulnerable.
This training follows a 5Rs approach:
- Recognise – spot the signs of (di)stress (including signs and symptoms of mental health problems).
- Respond – appropriate responses and improved listening skills utilising the mnemonic HOLD
- Refer – self-help as well as organisational assistance.
- Record – internal mechanisms/data protection issues and confidentiality.
- Review – check in and future support.
By the end of the training participants will:
- Recognise the ways in which distress can manifest.
- Have strategies to respond to distress appropriately.
- Have improved confidence in supporting those experiencing distress.
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