Talking about....Mental Illness (TaMI)

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Hours 2

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What is Recovery from Mental Illness?  Whether you're a mental health professional, carer or someone living with a mental illness, you need to understand Recovery.  Make sure that when you engage with your client, friend or loved one that you do so in a way that truly supports their Recovery.

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Talking about....Mental Illness (TaMI)

Extensive experience working with and delivering mental health training to carers of people living with a mental illness, those they care for and mental health professionals, combined with an honours degree in Psychology has provided Gerald with the knowledge and experience required to produce training material related to mental illness, and Recovery.  His experiences supporting people at risk of suicide both in person and through a crisis support line as well as having delivered suicide intervention training for many years have contributed to his development of an introductory course about suicide intervention. 

Course Summary

Talking about Mental Illness will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the most common mental illnesses, how they affect someone and how you can most effectively communicate with them about their illness.   Most people are afraid to talk about mental illness but this course will provide you with the skills and confidence to be the person who can talk about this topic in comfort and with confidence.

Course Details

By the end of this online course you will be able to:

  • describe why it can be difficult to communicate with someone who is living with a mental illness,
  • explain the importance of communicating effectively with someone who has a mental illness,
  • identify different types of mental illnesses and associated symptoms,
  • describe how disabling mental illness can be,
  • explain what ‘recovery’ means in relation to mental illness,
  • explain what effective communication sounds like and why it can be difficult to use,
  • identify good examples of effective communication, and
  • describe what it sounds like to communicate effectively with someone living with a mental illness.

You will finish this course with a thorough understanding of what someone living with a mental illness experiences and how you can most effectively engage with them.   This is knowledge that is important for all people to have and particularly those that know and/or live with someone living with a mental illness.

You will understand the importance of talking with others about their mental illness in a non-judgmental way, using active listening skills.  You will be just as comfortable talking about someone's experience with depression as you might be talking about a physical illness they may have experienced.

Your increased level of comfort when talking about mental illness will help fight the stigma associated with doing just that.