Mental Health Awareness
Courses & Training.

Breaking The Cycle offer a wide range of innovative, engaging high quality courses aimed at mental health awareness. All of our course can be delivered both face to face and virtually.

Mental Health Awareness Courses.

Breaking The Cycle are very proud to announce we were awarded The Social Care Mental Health Trainers for the Midlands 2020.

We can deliver bespoke training covering a wide range of mental health conditions from self-harm and suicide to understanding schizophrenia. We also deliver training covering the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity and, given the importance intervention plays I recovery courses such as Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focussed Therapy.


Overview of our courses.

Self-Harm & suicide awareness

Course Overview

This course has been developed for learners who have only a basic knowledge of suicide and self-harm. This course is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings including residential care homes, residential children’s homes, hospitals and working within the community in peoples own homes. The Course is designed to raise awareness of the issues of self-harm and suicide, the factors resulting in an increase in risk and how those in a caring role can understand and react. The course will provide staff with a clear understanding of the dysfunctional cycles that lead to self-harm and the psychological and bio-medical elements that impact on self harm and suicide ideations.

This course has been developed and mapped to the following:

  • The Care Act 2014
  • Leaving Care Act 2000
  • Children Act 2004
  • Making Safeguarding Personal
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in Health and Social Care

Learning Outcomes

  • What is Self-Harm and suicide?
  • What makes a service user vulnerable to self-harm and suicide?
  • The Dysfunctional Cycle
  • Eating Disorders and other forms of self-abuse
  • Intervention Models
  • Describe signs of self-harm and increase an awareness of suicide
  • State how to respond to both issues and understanding empowerment
  • List ways to reduce the likelihood of suicide and self-harm
  • State how to recognise and report suicide and self-harm
Mental health awareness

Course Overview

Breaking the cycle can design to offer an introduction to mental health, mental well-being, self-esteem and resilience. This course will cover the key issues pertaining to mental well-being through exploring how anxiety disorders and depression affect an increasing number of adults and young people in modern society.

The course will assist in recognising the early signs and symptoms, how to engage with someone in need and strategies to assist to support appropriately. We believe that knowledge is the key to increase confidence in addressing mental well-being in a pro-active rather than a re-active manner.  

This training culminates in how to support individuals into positive outcomes which is person centred that works towards successful outcomes in a way does not view the person as a “problem to solve” but rather a mutual person involved in their own solution.


Learning Outcomes

  • What is Mental Health?
  • Definition of stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Why early intervention is key to success.

  • How to positively promote mental health.

  • Identifying the main mental health conditions, their symptoms and treatment.

  • What barriers there are in dealing with mental health in the community and work.

Mental Health in the workplace training for staff & managers

Course Aims

Mental Health has become an issue which is impacting upon all work settings. As awareness increases and the levels of sickness rates rise it is imperative that organisations seek to address concerns in the workplace.

This course aims to provide staff and managers with clear and useful information pertaining to mental health and mental wellbeing in order to provide a pro-active and positive response.

Using national guidance, the course assist participants in both understanding and developing professional and personal responses to mental health concerns in order to provide a consistent and effective response.

Knowledge is key to delivering great outcomes and therefore participants will consider how depression, anxiety and psychosis impacts upon an individual’s life.

It is also well understood that many people living with poor mental health seek to ‘self-medicate’ using alcohol and/or illicit substances. This course aims to explain why this is a common response to mental health and how to recognise and respond to the issue of ‘Dual Diagnosis’.

This course will be of value to managers and staff alike and aims to increase knowledge and provide a healthier and more productive work environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on the relationships between line managers and employees.
  • ACAS guidance on good practice and promoting good health.
  • Recognise the importance of getting employees involved.
  • Consider the impact of job design, flexible working and the use of occupational health.
  • Take a closer look at mental health, stress and understanding the connection between this and external factors.
  • Increase knowledge of alcohol and drug problems and why mental health is connected to substance misuse.
  • Consider processes such as disciplinary and Attendance Management.
  • Review management checklists and defensible work practice.

Mental health act, mental capacity & dols

Course Overview

This course is designed to help attendees gain knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and what they mean for the service user and service provider. The course uses case studies and reflective questions to help embed learning through considering these requirements from the perspective of person centred practice as well as the legislative expectations.

It will provide an overview of what mental capacity is, how to make best interest decisions and the implications of human rights and duty of care, as well as how and where to seek advice in order to make informed decisions. The course will also provide attendees with an understanding of their role and responsibility in safeguarding liberty and the correct lawful processes they need to follow where appropriate covering the Liberty Protection Safeguards legislation.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will gain awareness and understanding of the legal responsibilities and principles of the Mental Capacity Act. They will:

  • Understand the importance of the MCA and who it helps.
  • Reflect on the five core principles.
  • Develop confidence in how to assess capacity to make decisions.
  • Understand the complex ways to make decisions in a person’s best interests.
  • Consider how to help people plan for the future.
  • Understand DoLS (Deprivations of Liberty Safeguards) – now and in the future.
  • Introduce how referrals are made to the DOLS team and how the referral system should work.
  • Establish a framework for supporting and involving people in making decisions.
  • Recognise how the MCA and Code of Practice keeps people safe.
  • Understand how it supports human rights and helps decision making.
  • The types of authorisation and assessments involved in the decision-making process (e.g. assessors, IMCA’s, Attorney’s, ‘living wills’ and the Court of Protection) 
  • An introduction to Liberty Protection Safeguards and how the new legislation will impact on professional practice.
  • Know how to provide individuals with information to enable them to have choice about the way they are supported.
trauma informed care

Course Overview

The practitioners at Breaking The Cycle have over 40 years’ experience and this enables us to design courses that are relevant and address the needs of staff and those using the service. This two-day programme will consider the traumatic consequences resulting in recognised Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), how these impact upon the individual as an adult, how this may increase risk factors and negatively impact on positive outcomes. Research indicates that trauma often develops into complex disorders and low self-esteem, which further impacts upon engagement and motivation. Participants will consider what is means in practice and how person-centred modelling can increase effective outcomes.

In recognising the essential strengths of person-centred planning and relationship building, Breaking The Cycle utilise the Social Pedagogic principles and this is embedded in all the training we provide. In order to develop effective relationships a practitioner needs to understand behaviours which are expressed due to trauma and grief. Understanding why individuals behave the way they do always helps in effective engagement, allowing for appropriate and non-judgemental intervention.

When considering the mental health issues trauma can led to it is essential that participants have a basic understanding of neurological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders, Depression and Anxiety driven behaviours such as self-harm, obsessive compulsive disorders and Hording. With this in mind the course seeks to consider how the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act impacts upon safeguarding whilst recognising what is meant by ‘best interest’ and an ‘adult at risk’.

The course concludes with a reflection on person-centred intervention planning utilising processes such as Motivational Interviewing, Internal External Locus of Control Learning Outcomes and Solution Focussed Modelling. Research shows that vulnerable adults are at an increased risk of further exploitation and, at times, are an increased risk of abusing others.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an increased understanding of what is meant by Adverse Childhood Experiences and the trauma this causes as an adult.  
  • Consider the Social Pedagogy framework and how this impacts upon any relationship with an individual and how this promotes empowerment.
  • Develop a better insight into mental health conditions and how these many impact upon the individual’s ability to engage and impact upon their vulnerability.
  • Reflect on the risk of trauma and how this affects brain development resulting in negative life as an adult. 
  • Delegates will be able to identify what is meant by capacity and how the Mental Health Act can also impact on potential safeguarding and how these fit with ‘best interest’. 
  • Delegates consider the relevance of effective target setting, set with the person themselves, in a manner which increases participation and promotes empowerment.
  • Participants will consider the most effect way to record and evidence outcomes in line with ‘evidence-based practice’ through the development of a vibrant and useable plan which is inspection ready.

“Just back from training and had to email to let you know it was brilliant! The best course I have been on in a long time. Very relevant and more about our relationships with children rather than the formality of paperwork. Course leaders name is Simon Booth, his approach centred around ‘Social Pedagogy’ , which I haven’t heard of before but made a lot of sense. Both myself, as well as others on the course we’re very impressed and have taken a lot away from it.”

Foster carer – Coventry Council

specific mental health disorders (as required)

Course Overview

Breaking The Cycle are an award winning company receiving the GHP Social Care Mental Health Trainers 2020 for the Midlands. We have been allocated trainers in Mental Health for Cygnet Mental Health services for the past 5 years and offer mental health awareness and support training for private business, Councils, and foster care/ children’s home services.

We offer a wide range of mental health training.

  • Mental Health awareness and support
  • Mental Health Act and Guiding Principles
  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Self-harm/ suicide
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar

All our bespoke courses will cover the following areas:

  • Mental Health legislation
  • Capacity and person-centred approach work
  • Definitions of the specific mental health topic and diagnosis
  • Treatment models
  • Best practice and the 5 guiding principles


“I now feel much more confident in dealing with such a complex and difficult area”

Youth Offending Service Case Manager

View some of the fantastic designs entered into our mental health awareness competition.


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