Understanding mental health difficulties and treatments

Our courses that promote understanding mental health difficulties and treatments include:

 

 

Understanding a diagnosis of psychosis
(half-day workshop)

Experiences of psychosis, such as hearing voices or experiencing altered perceptions, are surprisingly common, and can lead to a diagnosis such as schizophrenia. For those diagnosed with psychosis, it can be a frightening and life changing event. There are lots of popular myths about what psychosis is and how it affects individuals, which makes coming to terms with this diagnosis even harder.

This introductory workshop aims to give an awareness of issues relating to the process of diagnosis, possible treatment options and ways to promote self-help and recovery. We will explore personal experiences of psychosis and discuss some of the useful ways people have found to manage their own experiences in order that they can get on freely with their lives.

“I don’t feel ashamed about my mental illness. The value comes from knowing it could happen to anyone.  I found the course challenging and I learned to listen carefully.”
(CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College student)

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Understanding self-harm
(half-day workshop)

Life can, at times, be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced traumatic events. Sometimes it feels that the only way to feel better or express how you feel is to hurt yourself in some way. What starts as a private act, can become a habit, which can get out of control and can also be very embarrassing to talk about. As with many embarrassing things, the reality is that many more people self-harm than you think.

Because it is something that many people find difficult to understand, there are lots of myths about self-harm and it can be seen as a taboo subject that is uncomfortable to admit and address. Often self-harm and suicide are seen as being related and therefore those seeking help are reluctant to do so. The aim of the workshop is to explore the facts and realities of self-harm, how it can be treated and ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

“Brilliant! The Trust must recruit more staff onto this course – crucial! It was valuable to learn about different techniques to approach self-harm and different models.”
(CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College student)

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Understanding your medication
(half-day workshop)

For some people medication might be a short-term strategy to help get through a difficult time. For others it could be a longer term decision that enables someone to live their life to the full with a mental health condition. You may have been prescribed medication by your doctor or perhaps you are considering your options. It can feel confusing as there are so many different drugs designed to treat mental health conditions.

The workshop guides you through some of the most commonly asked questions: What is the drug designed to do?  How does it work? What is its effectiveness? How long does it take to work? What are the side effects? We will talk you through the different medications available, alongside exploring strategies that have been helpful for some people when wanting to combat unpleasant side effects. Whether you are taking medication yourself or know someone who is and want to support them, this workshop will provide you with a step by step guide, leaving you with a much greater understanding.

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Understanding a diagnosis of personality disorder
(half-day workshop)

Personality disorders are common, long-lasting mental health conditions that affect how people view and manage their emotions and relate to other people.

This workshop discusses:

    • What is meant by personality disorder in general and the impact of having that diagnosis?
    • How personality disorder may influence other aspects of a person’s mental and physical health.
    • Specific treatments for personality disorder as well as how people can help themselves to regain some control in their lives.

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Contact details:

Address: Admissions Office 2nd Floor, Stephenson House, 75 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PL
Phone: 020 3214 5686

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