10 May 2019

Mental health trust hosts free Psychosis Awareness Training for Mental Health Awareness Week

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Staff from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust's Early Intervention team are inviting members of the public to a free Psychosis Awareness Training workshop in Bath's Guildhall as part of activities to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

As part of a range of events taking place across the week AWP's Early Intervention Team in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) is providing the public with a unique opportunity to learn about psychosis. The aim of the training is to increase awareness of psychosis, reduce stigma and provide more people with the tools to support others and be empowered to signpost to local services as well as talk more openly about mental health.

Areas included in the training:
• Signs and symptoms of psychosis
• Why people might develop psychosis
• How to support someone with psychosis
• Useful resources

The event, which is free, takes place on Monday 13 May from 2pm to 4pm at the Guildhall in Bath and people are welcome to attend drop in as no booking is required to take part.

Mental Health Support Worker, Nat Burgess, said: "Diagnosing psychosis and getting support early on makes an individual's recovery journey much less distressing. Learning to spot the signs and symptoms of psychosis is a skill that we can all learn and use in our personal and professional lives.

"Taking part in the session is a practical way of actively looking after your own mental health and the mental health of those around you."

The BaNES Early Intervention Team regularly train staff at statutory and voluntary organisations across Bath and North East Somerset, and are available on request to deliver training onsite. Having worked with over twenty organisations from the area including the University of Bath, Bath JobCentre Plus, Hayesfield School and Bath City Farm, the training has been received as overwhelmingly positive.

Each year in BaNES approximately 20 young people will experience their first episode of psychosis. When diagnosed most cases can be treated to the point of recovery.

For more information on psychosis visit: /advice-support/conditions/psychosis/

Contact the team to arrange Psychosis Awareness Training in your place of work.
Telephone: 01225 362 760
Email: olaf.wilde@nhs.net

A psychotic experience or episode can be distressing and often includes audio or visual hallucinations. Psychosis can also involve unusual beliefs that are not shared by others, such as a strong unfounded belief that the individual or their family are under great threat of harm.

Mental Health Awareness Week is a national campaign, which is being held this year between Monday 13 May and Sunday 19 May, with the aim of educating and increasing awareness around all forms of mental ill health.

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