Portsmouth, IOW and Southampton Connect 5 Mental Health & Wellbeing Training programme
An evidence based course “Connect 5” is perfect of businesses, local authorities, organisations like charities, community groups as well as individuals working in key settings within Portsmouth, IOW and Southampton. The Connect 5 course builds the capacity and capability of people to have more proactive and supportive conversations about mental health, wellbeing and suicide.
Training is 100% subsidised thanks to funding from Portsmouth, IOW and Southampton Councils. Evidence shows the impact the training is having across the county, leading to
better support for customers or clients,
better support for colleagues and promoting workplace wellbeing
better support family and friends particularly during the pandemic where more people have struggled than ever before.
The Connect 5 Course is delivered interactively by HEH experienced trainers on-line over 3 x 3hr sessions. Trainers currently have a 97% satisfaction rating.
There are a range of Connect 5 course dates available, to book or find out possible dates check out the “Upcoming Courses” section below and follow the Eventbrite link. We can also accommodate specific dates for closed groups where groups have enough delegates to fill a course.
More about Connect 5
Objectives of Connect 5 derive from national policy on mental health and behavioural research. Using the framework of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and principles of cognitive behavioural theory, it aims to empower people to have conversations about mental wellbeing. These conversations are intended to contribute towards promoting mental wellbeing, preventing mental health deterioration and when necessary, identifying and taking appropriate action to address mental distress.
What will I learn?
Understanding the language around mental health, wellbeing and mental illness.
Learn about local services and self-help resources available.
Become more confident in offering wellbeing advice and support in everyday conversations
Develop skills and confidence working with individuals who are having troubling or difficult feelings.
Learn how to apply the five areas model in conversations with others.
Develop skills to work with individuals to improve their own wellbeing.
Learn how to use evidence-based interventions.
Understand how to help individuals make lasting changes that have a positive effect on wellbeing
How will I learn?
Each session is practical and interactive, using a variety of PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, small group work, and practical exercises in groups. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course.
Due to some of the sensitive subjects mentioned on the course, we limit numbers to a maximum of 16 people online.
If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.
This course is currently fully subsidised by Portsmouth IOW and Southampton Council Public Health Team and is therefore free to all organisations until Dec 2022.
Course dates are currently being set up for Portsmouth, IOW and Southampton. You can now book directly via our Eventbrite form.
More dates are added to the Eventbrite schedule periodically so please check back if you don’t see convenient dates. Or contact us on the email below.
If you’d like to know more about Connect 5 or to book a closed course for a group of people from your organisation then contact us on [email protected]
Further info about Connect 5
Testimonials and organisations that have already received Connect 5
“Every line Manager should go on this course” – Course Attendee – Havant Borough Council
“This has been a fantastic course. It has boosted my understanding of wellbeing and mental health, I feel confident to start using the tools given. Great course and thought the trainer was brilliant”.
“The trainer was clear and concise helping us think through the issues involving mental health and the tools and resources available to us to help our clients who struggle in this area”.
“Despite experiencing Zoom fatigue in general in the past year, the course was engaging and interesting, with a good mixture of learning and reflective discussion. 9 hours on Zoom sounds like a lot, but the time was well spent. I would fully recommend the Connect 5 training to any professional or volunteer group to inform their thinking around mental health and how we can tackle this growing issue in our communities”.
Just some of the organisations who have accessed Connect 5 in Hampshire include;
Abri (Formerly Radian Housing association)
Alton Gymnastics Club
Andover Mind 3
Breast Feeding Network
British Red Cross
Community First CVS
East Hants Primary Care Network
Eastleigh Borough Council
Gosport Voluntary Action
Havant & East Hants Mind
Havant Borough Council
Havant Men’s Shed
HCC Children’s Services
Kidney Care UK
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Rushmoor Borough Council
Rushmoor Voluntary Services
St John’s Winchester Almshouses
St Marks Church Bordon
The Ark Eastleigh
University of Winchester
Waterlooville Baptist Church
Wessex Cancer Trust
Winchester Borough Council
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Role Title: Crisis Peer Practitioner Job Types: Part-time, Contract Salary: Up to £20,680.00 per year
Havant and East Hants Mind has run a range of Recovery and Crisis services for adults with mental health problems in Hampshire for over 30 years. We offer a variety of interventions and support to work with people with complex mental health problems in their recovery. This ranges from assessments, one-to-one work, review sessions, crisis support planning, and group work, to outreach into the community to support people to manage their own mental health needs.
This is an exciting time to join Havant and East Hants Mind in a project which places peer support at the centre of improving people’s mental health and wellbeing. The role of Crisis Peer Practitioner has been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of mental health problems in crisis. Through sharing wisdom from their own experiences, Crisis Peer Practitioners will inspire hope and belief in others that recovery is possible.
Havant and East Hants Mind is partnering with Solent Mind and Solent NHS to provide this formalised peer support and practical assistance to service users via the Harbour Helpline as well as imbedding wellbeing peer support in the Havant and East Hants Wellbeing Centre.
The project with Solent NHS and Solent Mind will be provided during the evenings (2.5 sessions a week, 4pm – 11:30pm) via virtual means by text and telephone.
Last week we delivered another enjoyable and interactive training session for one of our partners, Eastleigh Rugby Football Club. At the end of the session they showed us their new kit, with our logo on the sleeve.
On Friday 24th September Hampshire FA and Official Charity Partner, Havant and East Hants Mind, brought together a variety of local organisations to take part in a ‘World Mental Health Day Tournament’. The tournament was a fun and casual event, with teams from organisations including Saints Foundation, Eastleigh and District Mini Soccer League, AFC Stoneham and Hampshire FA.
The aim of this new initiative was two-fold; firstly, to give the individuals involved in the event the opportunity to get active and open up about mental health to others in the local grassroots football community, with mental health support available on the day and post-event from Havant & East Hants Mind. Secondly, to use the event as the focus of a new promotional video that will launch today, 10th October #WorldMentalHealthDay 2021; to illustrate the importance of mental wellbeing, particularly within grassroots sport.
Discussing the tournament, Hampshire FA Chairman James Pearson said, “Throughout the tournament, it was fantastic to see members from every organisation speak really openly to Havant and East Hants Mind about their personal experiences with mental health. Importantly, we’ve been able to capture these conversations on camera; this will make a huge difference for a lot of people across the local community that might be experiencing something similar, but feel alone, or not know where to turn to. We’re hoping that when we share some of these conversations as part of our World Mental Health Day promotional video in partnership with Havant and East Hants Mind, we can show people that actually you’re not alone and there are people and organisations out there who can help you.”
James Pearson explained, “I would urge everyone from across the grassroots community all over the country to view the new video and share it with as many others as you can. It’s a really important message that we need to get out to help people feel comfortable talking about mental health and know where they can find support if needed.”
Havant and East Hants Mind’s Head of Community Engagement & Communications, Mike Craft said “Today has included an amazing range of conversations regarding personal experiences and insights with mental health and general wellbeing. A huge thank you to all the coaches, officials and players that shared their experiences today. Our discussions will be part of a video that will reach thousands of people across Hampshire, tackling stigma and showing it is ok to be affected by a mental health illness; many of us are. And that if you are affected, there is support for you. Additionally, if someone watches our video and wants to find out more or get involved in our work at sports clubs please visit our website (easthantsmind.org) and contact us”.
Six teams from across Hampshire contested the World Mental Health Day Tournament, featured in the video. Team played each other once in league format, before the top four battled it out in semi-final knock-outs. In the end, it all came down to a penalty shoot-out in the final between AFC Stoneham and Hampshire FA Reds. Thanks to some Goalkeeping heroics in the shoot-out from Hampshire FA’s new Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer, Dean Jones, Hampshire FA just beat AFC Stoneham to the trophy. However, the more important victory was promoting the importance of mental wellbeing to the football community.
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Great to be able to support this fantastic new initiative between @HampshireFA and their Official Charity Partner, @HEH_Mind!
If you haven't seen the video that was produced for #WorldMentalHealthDay yet, please take a look via the link below 👇👀