Over the last two years Catching Lives has been engaged in an EU Erasmus+ project in the form of a research programme, with partners in the UK, Spain, Belgium and Germany, to develop training for practitioners who work with people with severe mental disorders.
The aims of the project were to have the following impacts:
– Filling the gap of lack of specific formal training for social and health care professionals who support groups of people with severe mental disorders.
– Enhancing knowledge and skills of professionals with low or medium levels qualifications caring for people with severe mental disorders, as well as preventing burnout.
– Disseminating training materials for workers in the mental health care environment, in particular to those who work with people with severe mental disorders.
– Raising awareness of the specific support needs of people with severe mental disorders and the importance of training professionals who work with them.
Documents and Results
The results of this project can be found in the following documents:
Mental Prac National Reports on Good Practice
As part of the results, this document describes the essential aspects of the mental health and training systems, available for non-qualified professionals, in each of the participating countries of the MentalPrac Project.
This document details the visits to various organisations in the partnership countries (UK, Spain, Germany, Belgium).
MentalPrac Training Guide
This module is the starting point of training for carers within the MentalPrac project. The aim of this module is to explain the basic concepts of the field of Mental Health work and establish a common conceptual framework on which the subsequent specialized training contents will be built. This module is also intended to be an awareness raising tool for health and support
workers who work with people who have mental illnesses. To do this, it aims to facilitate the elimination of prejudice, discrimination and stigmatisation and promote the acceptance, inclusion and social integration of people with severe mental disorders.
Burnout syndrome is an important psychosocial problem, given that the deterioration of physical and mental health of workers has negative consequences for the organization (for example, absenteeism, loss of productivity, etc.).
In this module we learn about the importance of team building, peer support and learning networks in supporting people with severe mental health issues.
The Mentalprac Project was led by Fundación Diagrama (Spain) in partnership with Catching Lives (United Kingdom), Diagrama gemeinnützige GmbH (Germany), Groep Ubuntu (Belgium) and Action with Communities in Rural Kent (United Kingdom).