Connect 5

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Connect 5 is a mental health promotion training programme designed to increase the confidence and skills of front line staff so they can be most effective in having conversations with the people they work with about mental health and wellbeing and so help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes. Connect 5:

  • Promotes a self-help philosophy, helping people to better understand, manage and improve their mental health, including understanding how environmental factors influence their mental health and wellbeing
  • Supports the improving access to psychological therapies programme as it helps build the capacity and capability of the wider workforce to support timely and effective access to specialist help
  • Delivers the skills and competencies outlined in the Core Skills for Mental Health Education & Training Framework (2017) for Tier 1 & Tier 2 section of the workforce.

“The training has really helped me feel more confident in talking to people about their mental health and wellbeing. The methods and tools we learnt about have made it easier to approach the conversation with the young people I work with.” (Mentor)

How does Connect 5 fit with health and care priorities?

“I found the training to be very useful and it has equipped me with new skills to be able to open up and expand on conversations regarding mental health and wellbeing.” (Probation Officer)

How does Connect 5 work

There are 3 options:

  • Connect 5 has 3 sessions. Frontline staff can undertake session 1,  sessions 1 & 2 or the complete programme. Each sessions build on the previous one so they can incrementally develop their skills. Connect 5 underpins the principle of ‘Making Every Contact Count’ and supports the aim of making the best use of the skills and local contacts of frontline staff.
  • There’s a 2 day train the trainer programme that’s delivered by a lead trainer who is an experienced Connect 5 trainer with expertise in teaching training skills. During the train the trainer module participants are taught the underpinning frameworks, principles, values and approaches of the Connect 5 programme, as well as skills on how to deliver Connect 5 sessions 1, 2 and 3 to their peers
  • The day programme consists of   days of Connect 5 training and the 2 day train the trainer programme.

Who is Connect 5 suitable for?

Its suitable for frontline health and care staff who want to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing. The programme has three levels and participants progress though stages, dependent on how much of their role involves working with people experiencing poor mental wellbeing. The training is useful for people working in:

  • Allied health
  • Housing
  • Justice and rehabilitation
  • Pastoral, further and higher education support services
  • Primary care
  • Social care
  • Social enterprise and third sector

Connect 5 training

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has commissioned Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind to administer a training of trainers programme to build a group of largely VCSE trainers who will then cascade Connect 5 in their organisations and in localities across GM.

However, in the light of COVID-19 the GM offer was reconfigured and online Connect 5 sessions were developed to enable the quick rollout of direct training to public and voluntary sector workforce across the city-region. This is already being rolled out across Greater Manchester. Please contact Emma Balfe at TOG Mind to find out more and to discuss availability emmabalfe@togmind.org

In the near future, TOG Mind will be offering places to become a trainer in Connect 5 to allow trainers to cascade Connect 5. Please contact TOG Mind to hear more about the offer emmabalfe@togmind.org

Please visit our resources page for Connect 5 resources