The following training courses will give you more information about mental health and wellbeing and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. They are designed to pass on knowledge but also to encourage behaviour change using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing for participants, the people they work with and their close family and friends.

There are also other mental health and suicide prevention training courses available locally.

Aims

This training prepares people to become a suicide first aider. ASIST participants will learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions.
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs.
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it.
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large.

Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care.

Time period
  • Two day course
Course details
  • Age group - 16 years plus 
  • Dates - Courses run regularly throughout the year
  • Venue - Varies dependent on the course provider. On-site provision is available where venues are suitable for training requirements.
  • Providers 
    • Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust with NHS Devon CCG 
    • Action to Prevent Suicide

To access this course register your interest with Mentalhealthinvolvement.tct@nhs.net or info@actiontopreventsuicide.org.

Aims

Connect 5 uses the framework of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, the 5 areas cognitive behavioural therapy model and underpins the principles of ‘Making Every Contact Count’. It has the following aims:

  • Bring wellbeing into everyday practice for the whole public facing workforce (including the community, voluntary, social enterprise and private sector).
  • Understand mental health and wellbeing as an everyday experience which everyone has the skills to understand and change for the better.
  • Give participants skills and tools which build confidence in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing in their routine practice (not just at work!).
  • Empowers people to change with person-based support and evidence-based psychological tools.
Time period
  • Session 1 - half day course
  • Session 2 - full day course
  • Session 3 - full day course

Connect 5 is an incremental three-session programme. Participants can do Session 1 only. Session 1 and 2 only or the whole course dependent on requirements.

Course details
  • Age group - 16 years plus
  • Dates - Courses run regularly throughout the year, please get in touch via the email below for more details.
  • Venue - Varies dependent on the course provider. On-site provision is available where venues are suitable for training requirements
  • Providers

To access this course register your interest at publichealth@torbay.gov.uk.

Aims

To improve students wellbeing over a 6 week period by understanding the 5 ways to wellbeing in a creative way. It has the following aims:

  • Understand how Connect, Learn, Active, Notice and Give can be used to support their mental health recovery.
  • Able to produce creative items in a friendly environment to take home and remind them of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.
  • Feel empowered to consider and try different way to support their own recovery.
Time period
  • Session 1-6: two hour sessions 10am-12 midday

Creative 5 ways to Wellbeing is an incremental six-session programme. Participants are expected to attend all sessions within reason.

Course details
  • Age group - 18 years plus
  • Dates
    • Autumn: 7, 14, 21, 28 November and 5 and 12 December
    • Winter: 10, 17, 24, 31 January and 6 and 13 February
  • Venue - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG
  • Providers - Devon Recovery Learning Community

To access this course register your interest with fleur.barr@gmail.com.

Aims

A programme to help local people struggling with long-term conditions; build confidence and learn how to manage their condition(s), including mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression better. The course will help you to:

  • Feel more able to support and share your experiences with others to help you feel less isolated.
  • Feel reassured and able to recognise your own potential and enhance your happiness and quality of life.
  • Feel more confident in dealing with emotional issues such as anxiety, anger, depression and uncertainty.
  • Increase your ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Discover how to use relaxation techniques to refresh your mind and body.
  • Learn how to make plans and achieve goals that can help you make changes for the better.
  • Use the skills from the course to improve and self-manage your life.
Time period
  • Six week course of 2½ hour sessions

Creative 5 ways to Wellbeing is an incremental six-session programme. Participants are expected to attend all sessions within reason.

Course details
  • Age group - 18 years plus (courses for younger people will be run in due course). A friend, family member or carer can come along to support you.
  • Dates - Courses run regularly throughout the year, please get in touch via the contact details below for more details.
  • Venue - Various locations in Torbay and South Devon.
  • Providers - Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust with NHS Devon CCG

To access this course register your interest on 01803 210493 or complete the online contact form.

Aims

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach that makes the most of the day to day conversations that organisations and individuals already have with people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health & wellbeing.

By supporting people to make changes to their lifestyles it is possible to prevent ill health, improve health and reduce health inequalities.

A MECC approach can also be used to engage people in conversations about change on wider issues that have an impact on health and wellbeing such as reducing social isolation, managing debt, or in tackling housing issues.

MECC helps to develop a different way of working with people to improve health and wellbeing. Telling people what to do is not the most effective way to help them change. MECC is about changing how we interact with people through having Healthy Conversations and learning how to spot opportunities to talk to people about their wellbeing.

For more information please visit the Devon County Council MECC Training page.

Time period
  • There are various MECC training offers. Further details are available on the Devon County Council MECC Training page.
Course details
  • Age group - 16 years plus
  • Dates - Courses run regularly throughout the year, please get in touch via the email below for more details.
  • Venue - Varies dependent on the course provider. On-site provision is available where venues are suitable for training requirements
  • Providers
    • Torbay Healthy Lifestyles Team
    • Torbay Council

To access this course register your interest at publichealth@torbay.gov.uk .

Aims

Half day course (awareness raising)

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • Basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

One day course to qualify as an MHFA Champion

  • Knowledge and confidence to provide Mental Health First Aid for the most common mental health issues
  • Understanding of how to help build a mentally healthy workplace, challenge stigma and support positive wellbeing
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

Two day course to qualify as a Mental Health First Aider

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Time period
  • Half-day course - four hour session
  • One day course
  • Two day course
Course details
  • Age group - 16 years plus 
  • Dates - Courses run regularly throughout the year
  • Venue - Varies dependent on the course provider. On-site provision is available where venues are suitable for training requirements.
  • Providers - Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust with NHS Devon CCG

To access this course register your interest with Mentalhealthinvolvement.tct@nhs.net.

Aims

This training prepares people to become a suicide-alert helper. safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present.
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked.
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide.
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.

Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help.

Time period
  • Half-day course
Course details
  • Age group - 15 years plus 
  • Dates - Courses run regularly throughout the year
  • Venue - Varies dependent on the course provider. On-site provision is available where venues are suitable for training requirements.
  • Providers - Action to Prevent Suicide

To access this course register your interest with info@actiontopreventsuicide.org.