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Mental Illness Investigated Oldham

Skills Young People Need to Thrive


Increasingly, we are concerned about the mental health of young people, and Health Education is statutory from September 2020. Mental Illness Investigated is a day-long course to train staff to deliver seven lessons that help young people understand the science of mental illness and to develop techniques and essential learning to help their look after and maintain mental health.

Fully funded by Oldham Opportunity Area.


Mental Illness Investigated Lessons 

After completing the online training, teaching and learning materials for seven lessons will be delivered electronically – ready for use in the classroom.

Click each lesson to reveal the learning outcomes.

  • 1) Defining Mental Health

    • I know where and how to get support both in and beyond school
    • I can define mental health
    • I can draw parallels between mental and physical health
    • I understand that mental health is a spectrum and can illustrate this with examples
  • 2) The Science of Mental Illness

    • I can define mental health and mental illness
    • I understand that mental health is a spectrum and can illustrate this with examples
    • I can explain the brain’s role in keeping us mentally healthy
  • 3) Understanding Mental Illness

    • I can define depression and anxiety and outline their prevalence
    • I can describe the symptoms of depression and anxiety and explain how these might impact on someone’s day-to-day life
    • I can explain the most common treatments for common mental health issues
  • 4) Triggers, Protective Factors and Promoting Wellbeing

    • I can explain a range of protective factors that reduce the risk of developing mental illness
    • I understand that physical health underlies mental health and can describe small changes to promote wellbeing
    • I can explain some of the common triggers for mental illness
    • I can differentiate between facts and myths about mental health and know where to seek further information if I am unsure
    • I can describe the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ and outline simple changes I could try to make to promote my own wellbeing
  • 5) Mental Illness Spotting & Supporting

    • I can model how to have a conversation with a friend about their mental health
    • I know when, where, how and why to get support for myself or a friend and I am aware of the types of support that are available.
    • I can recognise the early warning signs of mental illness
  • 6) Healthy Coping Strategies

    • I understand that everyone has to manage difficult situations, thoughts and feelings sometimes
    • I can describe healthy and unhealthy coping responses
    • I can describe a range of difficult situations, thoughts and feelings and suggest specific healthy coping strategies that might help someone manage each of these
    • I can explain a range of simple coping strategies and how these might help someone manage difficult situations, thoughts, and feelings
    • I know how and where to access further support if I need to
  • 7) Reducing Mental Health Stigma

    • I can define stigma and describe the impact it may have on someone with mental illness or emotional wellbeing issues
    • I can demonstrate some simple steps to overcoming mental health stigma in our school community to enable those who need it to seek support

Click to reveal answers to some frequently asked questions

  • What is it?

    Mental Illness Investigated is a series of seven lessons designed to help build an understanding of mental health and mental illness.

    The 1 day training has been fully funded by Oldham Opportunity Area.  

    Mental Illness Investigated is an evidence-based programme has already helped many students understand and combat stress, recognise common types of mental illness, develop strategies to identify and overcome mental illness and learn how to boost mental health.

  • What age group are the lessons for?

    The seven lessons are designed for students aged 13-16 years old.

  • Do I need to attend live?

    Yes, the training is fully interactive and you are required to be present to complete the course.

    The aim is for you to explore the content and consider the learning in terms of your own mental wellbeing. This approach has been central to the evidence for achieving the most effective outcomes for students and for high quality teaching and learning in the classroom.

  • Will I receive a certificate?

    Yes, you will be certified with a Mental Illness Investigated certificate upon completion of the full training.

  • Are there breaks?

    Yes, we recognise the need to build in regular breaks to the training. The off-line breaks will include activities relevant to the training and down time to relax and respond to demands at home.

  • Can I ask questions?

    Absolutely, this is a fully interactive training programme. You will be one of a small group and able to engage directly with the trainer.

  • Will I be visible to the group?

    Yes, this is a fully interactive, online training programme where all participants use their camera and microphones to take part.

  • Where is it?

    The training will take place on Zoom, an online platform that allows participants to see each other and the content. If you don’t already have the Zoom app, you can download it for free here. Once installed on your device, simply click on the link provided by us at the allocated time, and we will take care of the rest. There is a useful video tutorial on how to join a meeting here.

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“It was so useful to think about mental health generally, and then look more specifically at the excellent teaching resources, case studies and practical strategies that I know will engage students.”

Teachers rate this training 4.7 out of 5