Dr Richard Castle PhD MDA BA AFBPsS C.Psychol
Mental Health and Trauma Rehabilitation Consultant
Director Clinical and Compliance, Grenfell Hope Project
Associate, The Eleos Partnership
Vice President, Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education UK
UK Advisor, Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation Bangladesh
Instructor, MHFA England
Course Philosophy and Goals
The Mental Health Awareness Course provides participants with a broad understanding of mental health. Participants will learn about the factors that affect mental health, and will be introduced to the more prevalent mental disorders and accompanying signs and symptoms, the influence of stigma and discrimination, guidance on supporting people in distress and advice on honing personal resilience.
The course includes knowledge development followed by practical exercises and scenarios to develop participants’ understanding and confidence in providing support to people experiencing mental disorders. It is important to note that the course must not, by default, become a therapeutic space; some elements may prove triggering or upsetting to attendees and instructors will need to be sensitive to their needs and comfort.