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Posted on: 24/01/2019

Rethink Mental Illness

On Wednesday 23rd January 2019, the Learning Support team at St. Charles College received training on mental health from the national mental health charity, Rethink Mental Illness. The training known as Collective Voices is co-designed by local mental health practitioners and professionals, working together with young people with experience of mental health issues. The training was expertly delivered by Charlotte and Lucy from the charity and was supported by Annie (Waterfield) from Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

The training provided the team with an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on and consider their own well-being.
  • Understand a young person’s perspective on mental health and mental illness.
  • Receive useful information about signposting, referrals to CAMHS and resources available.

The training began with a look at resilience and our ability to deal with stress. We looked at stress through a fantastic metaphor, the stress bucket. The basic concept was if your bucket (life) is full to capacity we need holes in the bottom of our bucket to release some of the content and create space for new content, otherwise it all becomes too overwhelming and impossible to cope with. Further on in the session, staff explored the warning signs “Red Flags” of stress and how to be pro-active in identifying the signs in advance in order to avoid feeling worse.

The training then explored the positive activities that help counterbalance signs of stress for example creating a well-being “playlist”, which includes activities such as listening to relaxing music, being active and organising activities with friends etc. To conclude the session Annie from K&C CAMHS discussed the referral process available for K&C students.

Overall the interactive training session was very informative, serving as a useful reminder for staff working with a cross-section of college students with mental health needs through the SEND Dpt on how to recognise the triggers and the support avenues available.

The Learning Support Department are now looking forward to running a student led awareness raising campaign working with Rethink Mental Illness with a particular focus on issues that affects young people’s mental health in today’s society e.g. loneliness  etc. Watch this space!

 

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