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Responding Effectively to Signs of Mental Distress

This course will help you respond to the possible signs of mental distress effectively, humanistically and compassionately. 

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There are some Scholarship Places for people from developing countries to access this course.  Please email Karen Taylor for more details -

N.B. - You can access this course without being a member of the Recovery College - although we would recommend if you want to get full benefit of the course that you are a member.  To find out more about Recovery College membership - CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, queries or require more information about any aspect of this course - please do not hesitate to contact Jim Campbell, Recovery College Manager -

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The course begins by looking at the principles of mental distress that will help you respond in the most recovery orientated way and to help you make the most informed decisions.  The course then enhances this learning by looking at possile signs of mental distress.  Building on this knowledge, the second part of the course takes a practical apporach on how to respond effectively towards someone showing signs of mental distress, including, referral, active listening, respectful ways of enquiry, responding positively to disclosure and how to bring closure and sign-post the person.

Learning Outcomes:
  • To explore what is meant by mental distress, the underlying principles and why someone may experience distress.
  • To examine the signs of mental distress, both inwardly and outwardly.
  • To think about ways to be with someone in distress that will help the person feel more at ease and more likely to disclose their distress.
  • To consider initial ways to respond to someone experiencing mental distress when first meeting them.
  • To explore how to respond to someone in distress in a recovery focused way.
  • To learn different listening techniques.
  • To develop confidence and knowledge in using active listening, respectful way or enquiry, responding positively to disclosure and sign-posting.
Outline of the Course

Module 1 – Introduction
Module 2 – Signs of Mental Distress
Module 3 – At Referral
Module 4 – Responding to Mental Distress

This course and all our Foundation Courses were accredited in 2015.  What this means, is that this course was examined by an External Accreditation Provider ( and was improved to reach a high standard.

When you fully completed the course, you will receive a Course Completion Certificate, stating the specific learning hours.  As you progress through the course, you will be guided through a process to ensure that you are able to fully complete the course and receive a Certificate.

This certificate can be used in your professional and personal portfolios.
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