TRAINING FOR CARERS INFORMATION SHEET
1. WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?
This training is aimed at those carers whose loved one suffers from a mental health problem. Mental health problems cover a wide range of conditions:
- Schizo-Affective Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
- Drug-Induced Psychosis
- Psychotic Depression
- Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personality Disorder
In some cases a diagnosis may not have been identified as it is too early. However, if your loved one experiences symptoms of a mental health problem and is receiving treatment from Slough Community Mental Health Team, this training may be for you.
2. WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE?
- Signs and symptoms of mental illness
- Ways of identifying and dealing with stress (for your loved one and for yourself)
- Medication management, including information on medicines
- Making sense of the jargon and dealing with mental health professionals
- Communication techniques both verbal and non-verbal
- How to identify and deal with violence and aggression before it occurs
- Problem solving
- Early warning signs, preventing relapse and action planning
- The Mental Health Act (carers’ rights)
- Welfare rights and benefits
- Coping strategies for your loved one and for yourself
- Healthy living
This training is flexible and adaptable to the specific needs of the group. Topics you would like to cover can be included in sessions where appropriate if advanced notice is given.
3. WHO WILL DELIVER THE TRAINING?
The training will be delivered by at least two experienced and trained community mental health workers. There will also be the opportunity to invite for specific sessions:
- A pharmacist specialising in medication for mental health
- An approved mental health professional
- A specialist in drug and alcohol services
- Others where appropriate if given advanced notice
4. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM US?
- The training will be held over 10 sessions, once a week for 10 weeks
- Each session lasts for 2 hours
- Daytime or evening sessions can be offered depending on the needs of the group
- The venue will be in the Slough area
- There will be an opportunity for refreshments and getting to know other members of the group at each session
- Question and answer opportunities at the end of each session
- Information pack provided to take away and keep, which will be added to each week as different topics are covered
- Opportunity for anonymous feedback
- Guest speakers for specialist subjects
At the end of the 10 weeks you will be offered the chance to express your views about the training and assist in improving the training for other carers.
5. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU?
- A commitment to attend as many of the sessions as possible
- To practice the suggestions made in the group between sessions
- To support and respect each other
- To keep what is said of a confidential nature in the group just between group members
If you feel this training opportunity could meet your needs please speak to your care co-ordinator or contact:
based at New Horizons, Pursers Court, Slough, SL2 5BX.