Mental Health Awareness Week, 14-20 May – having confident conversations

Hampshire County Council is investing in Connect 5 training to help front line staff to be more effective in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing. The training is for staff working in the County Council’s commissioned Wellbeing Centres to support them to work with key community partners, such as housing teams and the criminal justice service

May 17 2018

Connect 5 is a mental health training programme designed to help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and the County Council’s Mental Health Champion, said: “One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year. Connect 5 training focuses on enabling people to have better conversations around mental health. This will help people to talk about the things affecting their wellbeing, find solutions and help to make positive changes.”

“Staff who attend this initial round of training will cascade the learning out to the wider workforce and community groups across Hampshire through a programme of courses. This is part of our overall approach to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the Hampshire population.”

Connect 5 is linked to the Five ways to mental wellbeing which are the key things we can all do to help improve our mental health.

1. Connect
2. Be active
3. Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment
4. Keep learning
5. Give

Watch this short film to find out more:

There’s lots of support available to help Hampshire residents with their mental health. This includes:

• Hampshire’s Wellbeing Centres which can be accessed by dropping in or GP referral

or one of the following services which provide free support to people experiencing common mental health problems:
Mind Infoline
Rethink mental illness adviceline