Module 3: Mental Health Intervention Training

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FREE places are available for frontline third sector staff in Nottinghamshire county (excluding city) only, these places are funded by Nottinghamshire County Council.
If you do not meet criteria we’d still love for you to join us. Tickets cost just £45, with all income going towards our free therapeutic support services.

Nottinghamshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver a range of Mental Health awareness and Suicide prevention accredited courses. Training is targeted to specific audiences, rather than knowledge levels so you will not need to attend ALL modules.

Please note in order to qualify for this funded training opportunity, you must be:

  • A resident or supporting people who reside in Nottinghamshire
  • Working with adults (18+)
  • A frontline staff member who is part of a third sector organisation

Working with:

  • Adults with medium level mental health support needs
  • Who may have one or more coexisting conditions

For more information or advice on the courses being delivered please speak to a member of the training team:

  • Training@harmless.org.uk
  • 0115 880 0281

LGBTQ+ Rani’s thoughts

Growing up as part of a minority heritage group, I understood from an early age how many societies struggle with ‘difference’. This can often begin with a lack of knowledge or a response to fear bourne from a perceived threat to traditionally held values and beliefs which provide psychological comfort and security. Often, the result is prejudice and discrimination.

Looking beyond these deeply ingrained values and beliefs to incorporate a more inclusive perspective of society can be a complex thing to achieve for some people. It is a constant fight to subvert these barriers. It shouldn’t still be this way. How sad it is that we still have to fight to love who we want and be who we want without facing discrimination or barriers.

Sexuality, gender, colour or heritage should not be the primary focus of association in any social interaction but many of us feel that our ‘difference’ defines us. We are as a result either forced to or choose to wear our ‘difference’ as a badge of honour. I have always been drawn to people from the LGBTQ+ community because I understand that their fight is still real and difficult and they, like my minority group need support and love and help with this fight against prejudice and discrimination.

Teaching my children about healthy relationships, gender identity and sexuality has never been an issue for me. I taught them from an early age that they could marry anyone they wanted to, male or female or not marry or be in a relationship at all. I encourage open conversations about gender identity and who we are drawn to be close to in life.  I hope that when or if that journey of exploration and self-identity becomes difficult, that they will come to me in the knowledge that I will love, accept and stand their corner for them always.

Rani,

Specialist Therapist

Why its important to discuss the LGBTQ+ community and Mental Health

Despite the valiant efforts we’ve made towards LGBTQ+ equality in recent years, many LGBTQ+ people still face significant barriers to leading
healthy, happy and fulfilling lives in the UK today.

Stonewall commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey asking more than
5,000 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people across England, Scotland and
Wales about their life in Britain today.

Here are the key findings from the study

  • Half of LGBT people (52 per cent) said they’ve experienced depression in the last year.
  • One in eight LGBT people aged 18-24 (13 per cent) said they’ve attempted to take their own life in the last year.
  • Almost half of trans people (46 per cent) have thought about taking their own life in the last year, 31 per cent of LGB people who aren’t trans said the same.
  • Forty-one per cent of non-binary people said they harmed themselves in the last year compared to 20 per cent of LGBT women and 12 per cent of GBT men.
  • One in six LGBT people (16 per cent) said they drank alcohol almost every day over the last year.
  • One in eight LGBT people aged 18-24 (13 per cent) took drugs at least once a month.
  • One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBT.
  • Almost one in four LGBT people (23 per cent) have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff. In the last year alone, six per cent of LGBT people – including 20 per cent of trans people – have witnessed these remarks.
  • One in twenty LGBT people (five per cent) have been pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing healthcare services.
  • One in five LGBT people (19 per cent) aren’t out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care. This number rises to 40 per cent of bi men and 29 per cent of bi women.
  • One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they’re LGBT.

If you would like to read more, you can download the report using the following link – https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/lgbt_in_britain_health.pdf

Welcome to LGBTQ+ week

Daniel Quasar redesigns LGBT Rainbow Flag to be more inclusive

Join the Harmless & The Tomorrow Project team as we discuss this weeks theme focusing the LGBTQ+ community.

June is International Pride Month. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals with their straight allies gather in cities all across the world to celebrate their true selves while recognising the struggles they face.

Let’s let’s talk about the importance and power of pride, recognise the mental health challenges of the LGBTQ+ community, but most of all let’s celebrate diversity!

Ayurveda – Harmonising mind and body

The practice of Ayurveda is, in essence, about harmonizing mind and body. And what you eat affects everything. An Ayurvedic diet is an eating plan that provides guidelines for when you eat, what you eat, and how you eat to boost your health, prevent or manage disease, and maintain wellness.

If you follow an Ayurvedic diet, you’ll eat primarily whole or minimally processed foods and practice mindful eating rituals. “Doshas” in Ayurveda refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three and your dosha, or combinations, will determine your diet and routine. Your dosha is determined by things like your complexion, eye colour, how you handle stress, body temperature and many more. There are three types dosha:

Kaphas –  tend to have larger hips and shoulders and are prone to illnesses such as bronchitis and sinus problems when they are out of balance.

Pittas – have high energy levels and good muscle tone but are short tempered when out of balance. They are also prone to ulcers, allergies and skin rashes.

Vatas – tend to be slender and often feel cold. When out of balance, they are inclined to have arthritis and dry skin.

You can take a free test to see which one you are here: https://bit.ly/37jcqLR

You can find out more about what food to try to avoid and what food is best for your dosha type here: https://www.ayurveda.com/pdf/food-guidelines.pdf

Although determining your dosha can be difficult and the diet can be a little restrictive, there are many pros to Ayurveda. Some of the main benefits associated with Ayurvedic diets include:

  • Improved digestive and metabolic processes
  • Improved heath of the gut/microbiome
  • Weight management
  • Enhanced detoxification
  • Less anxiety and more inner calm
  • Improved fertility and sexual/reproductive health
  • Improved efficiency in the excretion process (help passing bowel movements)
  • Improved functionality and range of motion due to decreased inflammation

Aja Ireland,

Trainer

Welcome to Food & Mood Week

One of the most obvious yet under
recognised factors in the development
of mental health is nutrition. Just like the
heart, stomach and liver, the brain is an
organ that requires different amounts of
complex carbohydrates, essential fatty
acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals
and water to remain physically and emotionally healthy.

Nutrition can play an important
role in the prevention, development
and management of diagnosed mental
health conditions. So this week the Harmless team will be dedicating our blog content to the topic of Food and Mood.