Title Training for Mental Health promotion
Project Number LLP/LdV/TOI/2009/IRL-502
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
This project addresses the knowledge and skill gaps in relation to mental health promotion in three settings – schools, workplaces and older people’s homes.
MindHealth is aimed at people in each of the settings who can implement or influence the implementation of mental health promotion programmes. These include:
- School setting: Headmasters, Head Teachers, Teachers, Psychologists and Other School Health Staff.
- Workplace setting: Managers, Occupational Health and Safety Personnel, Occupational Physicians, Human Resource Professionals, Employee Representatives.
- Older people’s settings: Managers of care facilities, Unit managers, Care Staff and Nursing Staff.
An e-learning programme which can be used as a self-learning programme or can be supported by a face-to-face training course has been produced.
This project aims to equip teachers, HR professionals and care workers to understand the factors that are critical to life span mental health maintenance and promotion in schools, workplaces and older people’s services and to initiate, implement and monitor policy and programme development within their organisations. This requires:
1. An understanding of the distinction between mental health and mental illness
2. An appreciation of the importance of MHP as a strategy for improved quality of life
3. The project management knowledge and skills to implement organisational change projects
4. A repertoire of resources to create and support mentally healthy environments
5. An insight into setting specific mental health promotion needs, challenges and responses
The partnership was made up of organisations expert in the field of mental health promotion and service development. Drawn from the currently running ProMenPol project, they comprised of two partners who are expert in the workplace setting (WRC and BAUA), two who are expert in the older people’s homes setting (FRK, THL) and one who is expert in mental health promotion in schools (ERSI). The partnership was completed by a web/e-learning company (e-Worx) and by an employers’ representative organisation (IBEC). All of the partners were members of the ProMenPol consortium and many worked together before on other projects, most notably the LDV sponsored Reintegrate project.
The issue of mental health is becoming more and more prominent as the proportion of populations experiencing poor mental health increases. Current approaches, which are mainly treatment based, are inadequate to tackle the problem both in terms of the resources available and the effectiveness of treatment. It is now recognised that preventive and promotional strategies applied by professionals and non-professionals have the potential to maintain and improve mental health across a range of settings. However, there is also evidence that there is a lack of knowledge and skills amongst people in key positions to influence the mental health of important target groups.
The project objectives were as follows:
-To develop training which provided knowledge and skills to teachers, managers and care workers to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing of the people and clients with whom they interact.
-To develop and implement a set of training courses which operate outside of the standard or traditional VET systems. The project utilised an already existing network of practitioners and policy makers from the schools, workplace and older people’s homes settings for purposes of dissemination and implementation. It is firmly placed at the EU level and supports the current major initiative of the EU commission – the Mental Health Pact. One of the major aims of the project was to make an impact in multiple EU countries and this was reflected in the makeup of the consortium and the resources drawn upon such as the Promenpol website. This website, which all of the consortium members are part of, offers access to about 600 practitioners and policy makers throughout Europe. It provides multilingual functionality and this is maintained by the current project.
-The project supported the development of innovative content by developing an e-learning system for each of the three settings. Currently, no such e-learning system exists in the emerging area of mental health promotion.
-Raising competence levels of groups at risk - The project dealt with this priority by addressing citizens throughout the lifecycle who may be at risk of developing mental health problems. The training enables professionals in the school, workplace and older people’s settings to develop the competencies needed to maintain and promote good mental health. Two of the groups most at risk of developing mental health problems are older workers and older people.
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Human Health and Social Work Activities
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program or curricula
material for open learning
MindHealth has produced an in-depth training programme which assists target groups to implement mental health promotion. Training was developed in relation to Schools, Workplaces and Older people’s homes. Research suggests that there was a lack of knowledge and skills among people in key positions to influence the mental health of these target groups. The Training for Mental Health Promotion project addresses these knowledge and skills gaps through an e-learning programme which can be used as a self-learning programme or can be supported by a face-to-face training course. There are four key modules in the course, namely:
1. Common training programme
2. School setting training
3. Workplace setting training
4. Older people's setting training
The project website is populated with relevant resources and news items regarding mental health promotion.