Blog: Claire Leenhouwers talks about mental health training on #OurDay2019
To mark #OurDay 2019 https://www.local.gov.uk/our-day our learning and development officer Claire Leenhouwers talks about her role and why she loves doing her job. Claire is #proudtomakeadifference.
Mental health training
Since starting with the Joint Training team in June 2018 I have personally developed or co-developed 12 mental health-related courses.
These relate to a wide range of subjects related to specific mental health conditions or topical areas of interest, including mental health amongst marginalised groups (BME, LGBTQ+ and the homeless); young adults 16–25; and ‘resilience’ which aims to give staff an opportunity to explore how they can build their own resilience whilst also valuing the importance of the work they do. I also deliver courses related to co-existing conditions including learning disability and mental health, and substance misuse and mental health.
A course I’m particularly passionate about is supporting mental health carers, as this looks at the role carers play in supporting individuals with a mental health condition, but also aims to improve the relationship between carers and professionals; with carers often feeling unsupported, forgotten, neglected and let down despite them being integral to improving outcomes for service users.
The most popular of all the mental health courses I’ve delivered has far and away been suicide prevention, which I co-deliver with Vicki who is a suicide survivor. We’ve delivered it to a wide audience and have been so impressed by the learner feedback regarding the course, and the things that staff are taking away and doing differently having attended.
The mental health first aid training delivered by my colleagues Vicky Dudley and Jade Matravers is also extremely popular and has been attended by a wide audience. To be a training provider that is helping to grow the population of mental health first aiders is a privilege and pleasure.
I love working for the council and delivering training to the Shropshire population, improving their knowledge of mental health and making a difference to the individuals who rely on ourselves and our partners for mental health support.
Claire Leenhouwers, learning and development officer, Joint Training, Shropshire Council