Understanding Mental Health

Essential skills for workers in community settings to support hope, recovery and connection among people living with mental health conditions.

Course outline

Gain the confidence to respond and support people living with a mental health condition, using recovery -oriented, person-centred principles.

Understanding Mental Health is an introductory course aimed at people in a wide range of organisations who work with others or support people living with mental health conditions.

Course details

This course was created with the input of consumers, carers, mental health experts and other stakeholders and aims to familiarize people with current frameworks about mental health.

The course is facilitated by trainers with lived experience, who speak with insight about their personal journey and self-defined recovery. The training uses a variety of methods to introduce concepts, making it a highly accessible introduction to recovery-oriented approaches to mental health.

Understanding Mental Health acknowledges the essential role of the consumer movement in shaping an understanding about mental distress, recovery and moving away from a clinical model.

It is based on the understanding that people view mental distress through different frameworks and cultural backgrounds that impact their understanding of experiences – and these experiences are self-defined.

It places mental health in the context of multiple factors that impact on wellbeing, such as community connection, housing, physical health, poverty, gender, ethnicity, education and more.

*Note: Registration for fully funded courses open four weeks prior to course date

Who is this for?
  • Community services
  • Housing services
  • Government services
  • Advocacy and legal services
  • Community members who support people living with a mental health condition

All MHCC’s professional development training is available for delivery on site at your premises. Alternatively, MHCC can tailor a course to suit your specific requirements.

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Course fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$409 $498

Completion options

Face-to-face Workshops
This qualification requires attendance at 2 full-day face-to-face training sessions on consecutive days.*

Statement of Participation
A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrolment. Mental Health Connect is also available in a one day format on request.

Course content

  • Learn to create respectful relationships that support recovery and come to understand principles of duty of care and dignity of risk, self-care and managing stress
  • Explore different understandings of mental ‘illness’
  • Hear real-life experiences of mental ‘illness’ and recovery
  • Understand what can impact on wellbeing, mental health and recovery
  • The course highlights the multiple, significant impacts of trauma and demonstrates ways to encourage people to discover the supports that work for them
  • Gain new insights on duty of care and risk
  • Support a person’s self-directed recovery goals