GAMH Lived Experience Training is a unique service providing training which engages your people in thinking, learning and change.
Our courses are delivered by professionals and trainers who bring the powerful and authentic voice of people with personal experience of mental health issues and recovery.
We regularly deliver courses for public, private and third sector organisations.
Mental Health Awareness
Mental Health Awareness courses can be tailored to suit your needs. They involve a range of activities which engage participants in discussions about mental health and recognising common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Courses help participants understand what they can do to support colleagues, service users and others experiencing mental health issues.
Topics can include:
- What is mental health?
- What affects our mental health?
- Recognising signs of mental health problems
- How and where to get help
- Equality, the law and adjustments
- Exploring what participants can do to look after their own well-being
‘Really excellent session,’ University Staff 2016
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid is a nationally certificated course which is for everyone. Participants do not need any qualifications, previous knowledge or experience to undertake this course and could include managers, volunteers and frontline staff.
SMHFA is a 12 hour course which can be delivered over two days or a series of shorter sessions. It provides an understanding of a range of mental health issues and how these affect people. It will assist participants to recognise when someone might have a problem and how to provide immediate help. It has an emphasis on suicide prevention.
Lived Experience Trainers bring their own expertise in mental health and recovery to help bring the issues around mental health to life.
Mental health problems are much more common than most people think, learn how to:
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
- Learn skills to help you make a difference in a mental health crisis.
- You could save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
- Provide initial help and signpost people to appropriate professional help.
- Earn what helps promote wellbeing and recovery.
- The knowledge and information is applicable to any setting.
Topics include: attitudes to mental health, recovery, listening skills, depression, suicide, anxiety, psychosis, self-harm, alcohol and drugs, how and where to get help, and looking after our own wellbeing.
‘Useful and interesting, enjoyed it very much,’ Vol Org 2016
Service User Involvement
This course is designed as a practical workshop which will enable organisations to develop their practice in involving service users in what they do. Lived experience trainers bring their perspectives as service users regarding what works and what doesn’t, as well as practical tips on how to make service user involvement effective.
Values and principles underpinning service user involvement
Levels of involvement
What are you already doing – review
How to involve people – removing barriers & developing supports
Things that help and things that hinder
Sustaining service user involvement
Evaluation & review of service user involvement
‘Thorough, professional and friendly,’ Vol Org 2016