Connect5 is a mental health promotion training programme that increases the confidence and core skills of frontline staff so they are more effective in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing.

Connect5 focuses on training staff to enable them to support better mental health, resilience, and ultimately improved wellbeing. The techniques used by Connect5 are underpinned by the Five Ways to Wellbeing and a cognitive behavioural model for understanding stress, distress and learning tools for self-management.

Connect5 is an incremental, three-module programme. The programme underpins the principle of ‘Every Contact Counts’ and supports the aim of making the best use of the skills and local contacts of frontline staff. Some staff will just undertake Module 1 as a personal development opportunity, whilst others go on to do all three modules.

You can register and book various dates for this free training through Eventbrite.

1. Brief mental wellbeing advice

Aims to raise awareness of how you can support mental health and wellbeing within your everyday practice. The intended outcome of Module 1 is to change the way we have mental wellbeing conversations so we are confident and skilled to have brief conversations in which we help a person think about ways they can take action to improve their mental wellbeing.

2. Brief mental wellbeing interventions

Aims to develop your skills and confidence to recognise mental health and wellbeing needs and to make effective interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing.

3. Extended mental wellbeing interventions

Aims to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to use a range of strategies and interventions which effectively support people to take positive steps to improve their mental health and wellbeing.