Training Opportunities

Mental Health Training, Learning and Education Opportunities January – March 2024

Belfast Community of Interest Training & Education Subgroup

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Course / Programme Date, Time, Venue Who’s it for? Registration
“SPOT” Suicide Prevention Overview Training

Delivered by PAPYRUS in partnership with Forward South Partnership

Wednesday 7th February

11am – 12.30pm

Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, 283 Ormeau Rd

SPOT – Suicide Prevention Overview Tutorial : What EVERYONE needs to know.

The key objectives are:

 To understand the prevalence and impact of suicide

 To explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide

 To recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide

 To consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.


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Self-Compassion: Why The Way We Talk to Ourselves Matters

Delivered by South Eastern & Western Health and Social Care Trusts in partnership & ASCERT

Tuesday 20th February 10am – 1pm

Via Zoom

There is good evidence that practicing self compassion can improve mental well-being. This workshop is open to anyone over 18 and will introduce self- compassion to participants, what it is and how to make the most of it, create the opportunity to experience some self-compassion exercises and offer some tools to keep the work going after the workshop. Register Here
Building Our Children’s Developing Brains

Delivered by South Eastern & Western Health and Social Care Trusts in partnership & ASCERT

Tuesday 12th March 10am—1pm

Via Zoom

Building Our Children’s Developing Brain is about supporting parents/carers to strengthen their children’s emotional awareness and self-regulation.

The session will equip you with a range of tools, simple techniques and practical strategies which you can then use with confidence. Additionally, you will have access to a booklet and page tiger platform which can be shared with families.

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OCN Level 2: Understanding the Principles of Self-Advocacy

Delivered by Inspire

Starting 5th Feb over two weeks:

2 sessions per week on Mondays & Tuesdays from 9:30am – 4pm


Offered as part of Inspire’s Advocacy for All project— a free service for people 18+ who need support and information about mental health issues or concerns.

This course is for service users and professionals to enable the learner to understand different types of advocacy, the advocacy relationship and how it may be used to resolve conflict.

Substance Use Workforce Development Training

Delivered by Ascert

Ongoing Programme of free Training for staff Courses include:

Understanding Alcohol, Understanding Illicit Drugs, Level 3 Certificate in Tackling Substance Misuse, Complexities of Cannabis, Parental Substance Misuse, Conversations on Recovery—Beginning Chance, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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Belfast Recovery College Prospectus

Delivered by Recovery College Peer Educators

Ongoing Programme of free Training for members of the community in Belfast

Both online and face-to-face

Recovery College courses running between January and March include:

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP); Living with Anxiety; Compassion Fatigue; Top Tips for Looking After Yourself; Building Self-Esteem; Personal Independence Payments (PIPS); Living with Self Harm

Tel: 028 9504 3059 or Email the College
Bend Don’t Break Workshop

Delivered by South Eastern & Western Health and Social Care Trusts in partnership with ASCERT

Tuesday 16th January

10am – 1pm

Via Zoom

Do you have times when things seem to get on top of you, you can’t stop worrying, stressful situations are just too much, your mood is low? Then this workshop could be for you.

This workshop is based on Bend Don’t Break, a low intensity self-help tool to strengthen the building blocks of resilience. It is open to anyone over 18.

What you will get from the workshop: Exploring the building Blocks of resilience; Gain an understanding of how our nervous system works; exploring resilient thinking skills.

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Stress Control Classes

Delivered by HSCNI

6 Weekly Sessions lasting 90 minutes

Programmes starts Monday 4th March


Stress Control is a 6 session Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) class for the most common mental health problems: anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep and poor wellbeing.

It is not group therapy and you will not be asked to share your personal experiences. The classes are currently delivered online with free access for anyone in NI.

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Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention Training

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Free Online Training to Support Your Mental Health

There are a wide range of training courses available on the themes of mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.
The Training Guide below lists online courses which are currently available free of charge in NI.

For information on other training opportunities available on these topics please contact Free Training – T1 (