Mental Health Awareness workshops

During the coronavirus public health emergency, Mental Health Awareness workshops are suspended. Please see the Mental Health Awareness online page for current online workshops.

The aim of Mental Health Awareness workshops is for you to gain a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health, both your own and others, and so to work more effectively with mental health problems. They are suitable for anyone over the age of 16. The workshops can also be a “taster” for those thinking of taking one of our 2-day Mental Health First Aid courses. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certificates are provided, certified by the CPD Certification Service and sponsored by Cygnet Hospital, Godden Green.

By the end of the 3-hour workshop you will be able to:

  • identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • define mental health and different mental health problems
  • relate to people’s experiences
  • demonstrate how to support people with mental health problems
  • look after your own mental health

The subjects and questions raised include:

  • language and mental health issues
  • what is mental health?
  • mental health problems
  • hearing voices
  • recognising distress
  • supporting people in distress
  • our own emotional wellbeing

The programme will include personal perspectives, interactive exercises (no role play!), as well as time for questions. You are encouraged to ask questions at any time, but to specifically make use of questions during the personal perspectives.

We also ask you to assess your experience of the workshops. Here is some typical feedback from previous workshops:

“Live” experiences of people with mental health issues gave a fresh perspective”


“I now have a better understanding of what mental health issues there are and how others impact on those struggling”


“The personal experiences were excellent – incredibly powerful”


“Excellent blend of interactive activity and good information”


“I need to be more open in my ability to help people that I come across with mental health problems”


“I really enjoyed the workshop.  It was a rewarding, life-enhancing workshop.  The presenters were brilliant”

Members of the Sevenoaks Mind Awareness Raising Team (SMART) run these workshops. The next workshops will be as below:


The cost is only £30 per place, and any surplus generated goes towards supporting the work of our charity. To book and securely pay for your place(s) go to our online booking form.

Please contact us if you are interested in offering the course to 8 or more people, as we can then discuss bringing the workshop to you.