BeWell@StepOne: Starting a conversation about mental health for communities

colourful speech bubbles

We understand that people can be nervous about joining online groups and discussing mental health issues. So, we’ve put together a course spotlight to make things a little easier when you’re deciding which of our courses will be best for you. Here is a more information about our Starting a Conversation About Mental Health for Communities online workshop, which starts Thursday 14th April at 9.30am to 12.30pm.

We’re constantly told we should be talking more about our mental health. But when it comes to doing it – actually speaking to someone you’re worried about or opening up yourself – it can be terrifying. However it’s common to feel worried about upsetting people you care about, and feel nervous about what people will think, or how it might affect your relationships.

Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

Can you tell us a bit about this course, who it’s aimed at and what it aims to achieve?

Starting a Conversation About Mental Health fro Communities is a one-off workshop developed by the First Aid for Mental Health course. This workshop in particular aims to give you the confidence to open up and start that important conversation about mental health by providing you with professional tips, tricks and strategies.

Overall, this workshop will provide you with:

  • An introduction to the use of communication skills to encourage a conversation about mental health
  • An understanding of the different approaches involved in the use of different communication skills
  • An appreciation of the importance of opening up about your mental health

This course is aimed at those who want to understand how to start a difficult conversation with someone who they suspect is suffering with their mental health, this may be  a loved one, or a work colleague.

Key takeaway from this course: by talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, and take the stigma out of something that affects us all

Here are some comments from our participants who have previously attended our BeWell@StepOne courses:

”I am looking forward to attending more!”

”Very useful and informative. Excellent course leader, really understanding and optimistic.”

”The group that i was with were great. I was lucky as we all gelled and participated and wanted to benefit and improve our health and well being. We all had different reasons for being on the course and it worked we were all sensitive to each others needs.”

”I thought it was an interesting course with good reminders of techniques and well-presented and delivered.”

Related articles

The power of movement for mental wellbeing

The power of movement for mental wellbeing, by Dr. Lindsay Jones

Dr. Lindsay Jones, Clinical Psychologist here at Step One, explores 6 ways in which movement and exercise can enhance our mental wellbeing.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

How you can get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health'. We have a jam-packed schedule of events designed to get you moving, connecting with others, and feeling your best.
Becky, Fundraising Officer

Fundraising for Step One: Your questions answered by Becky – Part 1

Meet Becky, our Fundraising Officer here at Step One Charity. Fundraising is at the core of Step One - the funds we receive allow us to continue to support the people of Devon with their mental health and wellbeing through our vital services.

Step One Charity unveils fresh new look to reflect commitment to wellbeing across Devon

Introducing Step One Charity's refreshed brand identity to better reflect our mission of supporting individuals with mental health challenges, learning disabilities, and neurodiversity across Devon.

A brighter path to wellbeing: Introducing Step One Charity’s new brand

Discover Step One's refreshed look and learn how you can support our mission!
Person skydiving

Skydive for Step One Charity in 2024!

Take your fundraising to new heights by taking on our skydive challenge with Skydive Buzz! Jump for free when you raise £395 for Step One Charity.
Photo of woman smiling and a quote that reads: My favourite thing about being a support worker is making a difference to people’s lives. Giving people the help and support that I wish my mum and nan could have had.

Celebrating 10 years of Charlotte, Support Worker at Cypress Hospital

Driven by a deep personal connection to the cause, Charlotte has dedicated her career to making a positive difference in the lives of others. In this short Q&A, we delve into Charlotte’s journey with Step One Charity.
Person signing their name on an official document.

Make a Will Week: Top tips for writing your Will

Have you thought about writing your will but you’re not sure where to start? Often the process can simply be broken down into four practical questions which form the basis of any will.
Three people embracing eachother and smiling, surrounded by Christmas inspired DIY crafts.

How your donations can make a Difference This Christmas

Donations during the festive season allow us to continue supporting adults over 18 in Devon to manage their mental health, achieve employment goals and live more independently.
©️ Copyright 2024 – Step One. Registered Charity Number: 235434 Company Number 393477 in England. X Centre, Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AD. Web Design by The Ambitions Agency