Carers Education Course
This is a free course but you must be booked on to attend! To book your place please contact Neil Sowerby at FDAMH.
This course aims to give you information about mental health, as well as ideas for coping with issues that might arise whilst you are helping or spending time with a friend or relative who has mental health problems.
It will look at common difficulties and ways of dealing with these.
You will have the opportunity to share with others who have had similar experiences and may have the same questions as you. Most people find the atmosphere supportive.
As the group’s facilitators, we look forward to learning from you what your concerns are. We also hope to find out about any good ways you have for coping with these. By working together, you should learn from each other as well.
The course consists of six 2-hour sessions, held over 6 weeks. We aim to cover the following areas:
• Mental health awareness
• Recognising and managing stress
• Coping with loss
• Dealing with feelings of anger
• Ways of supporting and communicating with someone in mental distress
• Sharing experiences
In the first week we will set the scene, going through ground rules for the group, participation, confidentiality, and anything else you feel is important.
There will also be time at the beginning of each session for coffee and a chat, and to find out specific pieces of information you may need – where to go for benefits advice, for example.
We hope people are able to attend every week, although we appreciate that this may not always be easy.