News – Training

FDAMH Celebrates the Official Launch of its Training Academy

[caption id=”attachment_7301″ align=”alignleft” width=”500″]Academy Launch Dennis Canavan, Jamie Hepburn and Michael Matheson at the launch of FDAMH’s Training Academy[/caption]

Falkirk’s Association for Mental Health continues to blaze a trail by launching Forth Valley’s first Training Academy dedicated to reducing stigma and discrimination surrounding poor mental health.

FDAMH’s Training Academy was launched on Tuesday 25th August by Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health. Also in attendance was Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Provost Pat Reid and Dennis Canavan, FDAMH’s Patron and over forty invited guests, marking another milestone in FDAMH’s history.

Mr. David McClements, Chair of the Board of Trustees thanked Mr Hepburn for visiting FDAMH for the second time this summer. He advised that with thousands of hours of training already delivered to individuals and local organisations, the Training Academy aims to build on this success by offering bespoke training and e-learning courses in the near future. This will allow the Training Academy to reach a wider audience and contribute to the goal of further reducing the stigma and discrimination all too often surrounding mental health issues.

Mr Hepburn thanked FDAMH for inviting him to launch the Training Academy and for making him feel so welcome again. Remarking on how impressed he was with the aims of the Training Academy, Mr Hepburn added that he was fully supportive of all initiatives that support people and those caring for them, who live with poor mental health.

If you are interested in finding out more about FDAMH’s Training Academy please visit the Training Academy section of our site using the menu on the left.

Tag: FDAMH, Training
01/09/2015 at 12:11 pm



Pink 2: 2 Media Group – Inspiring a new generation of mental health workers

“This is educational and inspiring for everyone involved” was one student’s response to Pink 2:2’s latest performance of ‘Being Frank’ and is typical of the feedback the group is receiving – there is no doubt that ‘Being Frank’ is proving an excellent tool in the education of future mental health workers. The latest leg of the performance took place in Stirling University’s Macrobert Arts Centre to an audience of student Mental Health Nurses and trainee Social Workers. Supported by the wonderful technicians at the Macrobert’s Playhouse Theatre, the group gave a sterling performance that raised cheers and applause. The subsequent Question and Answer session was excellent, with pertinent and intelligent questions from the students leading to some wonderful discussions between the group and the audience. Students particularly value the openness of the cast, telling us that they find the opportunity for frank discussion invaluable in their own developing understanding of mental health issues. Such was the success of the event that the Head Of Department, Sandy McOmish, is keen to utilise the skills and experience of the group members in the future.

The group members would like to say a huge thank you to all the Stirling University and Macrobert staff for their support in putting on this event. Everyone the group encountered were friendly, accommodating and helped to make the whole experience fun, easy and enjoyable. The group is also delighted that the event was filmed by the university’s AirTV, and are looking forward to watching the completed edit – from “behind the sofa” apparently, but we don’t think you need have anything to fear Pink 2:2!

Tag: Activities, FDAMH, Training
22/05/2015 at 9:57 am



Mindfulness Walk for Mental Health Awareness Week

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More than 20 walkers enjoyed the experience of Mindfulness during a guided ‘Mindfulness’ walk on Friday 15th May. Mindfulness is an approach of growing interest to people from all backgrounds, and was chosen by the Mental Health Foundation as the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. After a healthy breakfast for all participants, our gentle stroll from the Victoria Centre to Callander Park was led by Neil Sowerby and blessed by sunshine. FDAMH offers Mindfulness courses to service users, however these are very popular and there is a waiting list – if you’re interested please get in touch with Jane Shirra. Alternatively, if you care for someone with mental health problems you may be eligible to take part in one of our special Mindfulness for Carers Courses – in which case please contact Neil Sowerby.

Tag: FDAMH, Training
19/05/2015 at 2:16 pm



Next Certificate in Counselling Skills Course announced

This September will see the commencement of our next COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills Course at FDAMH. With two courses currently running very successfully we are delighted to be entering our second year of running this course. Our students are enjoying competitive pricing and the benefits of being able to access the course locally, meaning they are not involved in expensive travel to alternative courses in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The Certificate in Counselling Skills provides the opportunity for you to take your interpersonal and communication skills to the next level. It can enhance your understanding of other people and yourself, helping to improve your relationships and workplace performance. The course is also a recommended first step for people who wish to train to become professional counsellors, providing a platform for further study, and has been awarded 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 7.

The course will commence in September 2015. You are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible as spaces tend to be taken quite quickly! You can find out more by visiting our course page.

Tag: Training
09/04/2015 at 1:14 pm



New Carers Education Course Date

This course gets very positive feedback from the carers who attend. There are a very limited number of spaces available, so if you would like to attend please get in touch with us quickly.
Carers Education Course Poster

Tag: Training
11/03/2015 at 12:09 pm



Caring Counts – A free online self-reflection and planning course for carers

OpenLearn Works is offering a free online course for carers and front-line workers who support them.

For carers, the course will help you gain a clearer understanding of who you are, identify your personal qualities and recognise the range of skills and abilities you’ve developed from your personal experiences and while caring. It will help you to look forward, think about what you’d like to do now or in the future, and make plans that will help you get where you hope to be.

For support workers and non-carers the course will help you gain a clearer understanding of carers’ personal qualities and recognise the range of skills and abilities that people develop in a caring role.

You can find out more and sign up for the course on the OpenLearn Works website

Tag: Training
30/01/2015 at 1:06 pm