The goal of this workshop is to help participants get a better understanding of Mental Health.
The workshop will be divided into three sections.
Morning Session – 9.30am – 11am
- The introduction gives a brief overview of what Mental Health Wellness actually means in today’s modern society.
- The different Mental Health services available in Ireland.
- What aspects of Mental Health are most common. After a short break the three most prevalent forms of mental health that affect workers in Ireland today are discussed in more detail.
Mid-Morning Session – 11.30am – 1pm
Trauma and PTSD
What is trauma?
- How are some people affected by PTSD and not others?
- What can we do to help protect us against PTSD?
- What can we do if we are affected by PTSD?
What is Stress?
- What modern day ailments are caused by stress?
- How can purely psychological turmoil make us sick?
Anxiety and Depression
- The different manifestations of anxiety and depression.
- What is the difference between clinical depression and “the blues”?
- What exactly is happening when we’re anxious?
- Exercises and techniques to help in moments of anxiety.
Afternoon Session – 2pm – 4.30pm
- Suicide in Ireland today.
- Myths and facts of suicide and self-harm.
- If someone tells you that they are suicidal, do you respond or react?
- Where does confidentiality start and end?
- How to respond to a suicide in the workplace.
- Is it possible to spot the signs of suicide?
- The relationship between self-harm and suicide.
- What issues does it raise for you?
- Appropriate and inappropriate ways to respond to self-harm and suicide and the appropriate language to use?
Video of Kevin Hines, a survivor of suicide is shown.
Due to the very sensitive nature of this topic, this part of the workshop is conducted in a process group style layout, with all participants and the facilitator sitting in a circle discussing the topic. The workshop will end with grounding techniques in order to help re-establish safety for participants. Another (heart warming and light) video closes the session.