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4MH Emotional Resilience Training

Aims and target audience

Target audience:

Suitable for the public, including young people over the age of 13, non-clinical health and social care practitioners, healthcare students, unqualified health and social care practitioners, peer support workers, first responders, govt and public service workers, educationalists, students, community groups and third sector organisations


To increase participants’ ability to cope with emotional distress and stressful life events and know how to improve self-care and wellbeing.

Learning outcomes

  • Enhances delegates’ emotional literacy
  • Challenges stigma around emotional distress and tackles barriers to help-seeking
  • Uses ‘watercourse analogy’ to help delegates understand different levels of distress
  • Shares effective self-help strategies suitable for different levels of distress
  • Uses the ‘sunflower analogy’ to help delegates understand wellbeing and resilience
  • Shares practical ways to develop and maintain emotional wellbeing and promotes the importance of this
  • Equips delegates to have a greater emotional literacy and know how to enhance their resilience (not mental toughness)
  • Equips delegates with positive ways to cope with stress or emotional distress, to develop a personal plan to build their wellbeing and know where to access further support if they ever need help in the future via
  • Equips the delegate with the knowledge of how to use to make their own Safety Plan

Delivery methods and styles

  • Comprehensive and extremely robust safety protocol for trainer and participant safety
  • Training material: coproduced by people with lived-experience, few slides and mainly images
  • Workbook provided for use during training for solo/group work and post-training booklet to consolidate new learning
  • Training experience: immersive, supportive and values based
  • Training style: uses story-telling, analogy and facilitated discussions
  • Not diagnosis driven so accessible and inclusive,
  • Webinar Training involves trainers with additional skills training to ensure impactful, smooth and safe delivery
  • Strict participant numbers to enhance learning and psychological safety

Webinar Direct to Participant – 20 delegates max

Webinar Training Conference – 100 delegates max with 2 trainers and a full time ‘safety person’

Knowledge and skills required of the trainers

Appropriate work/professional qualifications and/or lived-experience for peer credibility, subject area knowledge and confidence for onward delivery to the target audience.

If delivering to young people ideally have a younger peer-trainer to co-deliver with a professional

Flexibility in schedules, and/or employer/ line manager support, to commit time to onward deliver the training

Involvement of people with lived experience

Training co-produced with experts by experience, including additional peer review by members of 4 Mental Health lived experience Expert Reference Group

4 Mental Health’s Lived Experience Expert Reference Group (ERG):“4 Mental Health recognises the essential nature and unique value that lived experience contributions and involvement bring to their work. As members of the 4 Mental Health ERG we feel that everything 4 Mental Health produces is coproduced with us and that our opinions are truly valued and respected. By recognising lived experience in this way, we feel assured that the content of their training is fit for purpose and the best it can possibly be.”

Assessment, CPD credits, certification

Attendance certificate provided confirming course attended and time spent which can be used towards annual CPD requirements, according to local CPD governance arrangements

We have a strong focus on lived experience, safety and governance and commitment to continuing quality improvement. We are proud of our international reputation for delivery of high-quality training and delighted that our approach has been adopted by numerous organisations and sectors, both in the UK and overseas.

4 Mental Health have successfully achieved accreditation with the first national suicide prevention accreditation program, with standards defined by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), Australia’s leading suicide prevention body, focussed on lived experience, safety and governance and our commitment to continuing quality improvement. Our training has also won several national awards.

Last Updated November 24, 2022

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