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Connect 5


Free mental health training in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire

The Connect 5 Programme is an accessible, evidenced based training that is relevant to the whole of the public facing workforce. It provides participants with skills and competencies that build confidence in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing. It presents tools to empower others to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves. Connect 5 takes the position that we don’t need to be mental health specialists to support those who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health and courses are delivered by a range of local accredited trainers. It is a modular course with up to 3 sessions available, how many sessions you cover will depend on your role.

Connect 5 complements other training including Making Every Contact Count.

Session 1 (1/2 day) - brief advice

What will it cover? - Develop your core understanding of mental health, mental wellbeing and how to signpost to local services and resources that enable people to help themselves.

Who is this for? - Anyone with an interest in improving mental wellbeing / anyone whose role involves interaction with the public / anyone who has the opportunity to give brief wellbeing advice.

Session 2 (full day) brief wellbeing intervention

What will it cover? - Build your skills and confidence to work with and improve the mental health and wellbeing of others. Including, how to support greater insight into experiences of stress and distress and how to help people take first steps to make themselves feel better.

Who is this for? - Those with the opportunity, through their working practice, to engage in brief interventions.

Session 3 (full day) intergrated wellbeing intervention

What will it cover? - Advance your skills to work collaboratively with clients to create an action plan and integrate brief interventions to motivate and support people to make changes that last.

Who is this for? - Those with the opportunity, through their work practice to engage in brief interventions over an extended period of time.

Sessions are currently being held online.  To make enquiries about the Connect 5 programme in Wiltshire please contact Kerri Lavender at 

Other useful links: Staff wellbeing