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Skills & Learning Mental Health Academy

Mental Health and Wellbeing Academy

Welcome to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Academy. Here you will find a range of courses that have been designed to teach you about Mental Health and how to support others who may be experiencing mental health issues. All of these courses will be beneficial to people supporting others, managers looking after their staff and those wanting to start exploring working within mental health.

Courses

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

A welcoming and friendly two hour session designed to increase participants’ awareness of the importance of protecting and maintaining wellbeing and mental health and practical advice on how to do this.

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Awareness of Mental Health

A welcoming and friendly one day course designed to increase participants awareness of different mental health conditions, potential risk factors of mental health decline, signs and symptoms of mental ill health and the importance to protect and maintain wellbeing and own mental health and strategies of how to do this.

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MHFA England Approved Course

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

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Mental Health Awareness Level 1

This is an introductory level of knowledge and understanding in relation to mental health issues leading to a Level 1 award qualification.

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Awareness of Mental Health Problems Level 2

This online qualification is designed for anyone looking to develop their understanding of mental health, and the problems that can cause mental ill health, leading to a Level 2 qualification.

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Understanding Mental Health Level 3

Increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. A challenging and in depth course leading to a Level 3 qualification.

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Discrete Course Opportunities

If you are a business or organisation looking for a course specifically designed for your own staff on a specific day and time then please contact us. We can offer discrete courses in Mental Health First Aid and Awareness of Mental Health. You can also book onto one of our pre-programmed courses by using the options above.

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Meet the Team

Marie-Clare Gale

Marie-Clare Gale

I’ve been working within mental health for over 17 years now and feel more than ever we need to do all we can to support others and ourselves when it comes to mental well-being.
I am on a mission to start and continue conversations about mental health, helping people to normalise asking for help if they ever need it. Each and every one of us deserve to be happy, at peace and receive any support that we should need.
Katie Gatehouse

Katie Gatehouse

I am so proud to be part of this Team. Together we are powering through the stigma that has surrounded mental health. I want people to have a safe haven in a crisis, I want people to have control over their own lives. It is for this reason I am committed with passion and energy to be the difference, alleviating suffering, and empowering us all. I bring a wealth of experience to the group from over 25 years of working in education and wellbeing, bringing warmth and acceptance.

Anne Johnson

Anne Johnson

My goal in life is to inspire people to be the best person they can be. 
I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives helping them to find happiness from within. 
There is always one person or one sentence that changes the course of your life, I would like to be a part of that journey with you. 

Maureen Torpey

Maureen Torpey

It’s such a pleasure to be part of this exciting new venture. The Mental Health & Well-being Academy, has the potential to be a trail blazer in the field and I am enjoying being part of the amazing team. My main role is as the lead tutor of The Counselling Academy, within Skills & Learning ACE. I am trained to degree level in Humanistic Counselling and I am a fully trained tutor for the adult sector. I am in private practice, a clinical supervisor for counsellors and trainees and deliver training independently. I’m so looking forward to meeting you all, and being part of this incredibly important and essential learning. 

Andy Morris

Andy Morris

I have always been interested in mental health. So far in my career I’ve worked as a volunteer, support worker, counsellor, and social worker in a variety of settings and teams. Two of my main passions are learning and teaching. I’ve been supporting social work students in Bournemouth University and Solent University for many years, and I’ve loved working with Skills and Learning ever since I joined the organisation. As for my own qualifications I’m a qualified tutor and I have a master’s degree in Mental Health, a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a diploma in Counselling and various other qualifications that I’ve picked up over the years. The Mental Health Academy is an amazing project, which I’m proud to be part of.
Catherine Crosby

Catherine Crosby

Educated to degree level and a qualified Tutor, Assessor, and Internal Verifier, I have a keen interest in and a passion for improving mental health and wellbeing. I have practised yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for over 20 years, and this has been a useful tool to help me find relief from stress and to better understand myself. Having been actively involved in International Womens Day for many years, I am keen to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all women and their families. I have also worked in schools where I have been involved in training and signposting to offer practical support and mental health awareness for parents, carers, and their children. There is a lot more that needs to be done to break down the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and to promote wellbeing, and I am looking forwarding to being involved in this important work with the Mental Health Academy. 

Bec Freiesleben

Bec Freiesleben

I’m lucky enough to enjoy my many work roles, which include stone carving, letter-cutting, garden maintenance, teaching ESOL and History with Skills & Learning. In my spare time, I grow vegetables and flowers, play the violin and piano, and sing in a local choir. I love learning, especially languages: I’m currently trying to get to grips with Arabic! I’m proud to be part of the Wellbeing Academy. Mental ill-health has been a taboo subject for far too long; we need to discuss and understand low mood, depression, stress and anxiety, and put coping mechanisms in place. Our courses are the first step in this process.

Linda Green

Linda Green

Prior to joining Skills & Learning I worked in the computer department of a chemical company.  I saw so many peers suffering with anxiety, stress, and depression from the increasing workload especially with 24 hours working.  I realised how important it is to look after yourself and your colleagues. I had mental health issues, a few years ago, and came to realise how important it is to have good support and advice.  It is vital that proper support be widely available when required.  I was incredibly lucky because my doctors realised the importance of mental health and the NHS waiting lists were inordinately long, so they set up a free counselling service dealing with trauma. So many of my students are currently stressed about their jobs and their family.  Young people, who I work with in a voluntary capacity, are struggling with uncertainties.  We have been holding weekly get-togethers since March 2019 to help, encourage and listen. I am delighted that Skills for Learning are setting up an Academy to highlight mental health and to provide support to organisations.   

Teresa Barton

Teresa Barton

As a woman of age, starting work at 14, my employment experience covers banking, clerical, complaints, mystery shopping, barmaid work, waitressing, estate agency and I was head of a Dancing School for 7 years. I have also been a Manager in three jobs, teaching, selling and catering. A keen dancer in my youthI am now a singer and crafter, I love writing, acting and learning new things. Because I suffer from anxiety, I have developed strategies to overcome my inner critic and part of this is to be prepared, so I immerse myself in whatever I feel I need to know before I am confident in making comments or ‘owning’ a conversation. I am an advanced teaching and learning coach and use coaching models in many of my teaching lessons. I am certain that personal self-awareness is one of the keys to understanding learning and developing the memory techniques that work for you. Qualifying as a teacher in my 50s, I am living proof that Adult Learning works. I am addicted to learning and sharing my passion.

Joanne Brown

Joanne Brown

I live in north Dorset with my two beautiful children, teaching English, creative writing and creative writing for wellbeing.  I believe that raising our awareness of our wellbeing and mental health enriches our day to day lives as well as helping us to make informed choices for ourselves and those we love. 

Janet Miller

Janet Miller

I decided to retrain to become a tutor 8 years ago ( at Skills & Learning) – It’s one of the best decisions I have made; I love it! The courses I teach are all aimed at supporting people to be resilient and happy, and I believe that having strong mental health is an essential first step that everyone deserves to have, so they can succeed. 

Testimonials

Yesterday’s session was really thought provoking, and I very much valued your honesty and everyone else’s.  It was a great comfort to know others feel similarly to me.

Learner

The session was peaceful and was a gift to give oneself.

Learner

The strategies were very useful and you gave us permission to be kind to ourselves in a way we probably already are to others.

Learner

 

Thank you so much for this morning  – it was just what I needed and couldn’t have come at a better time.

Learner

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