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Great Minds Often Think Differently - A WMHD 2015 webinar

Mental Health in Further Education Network

Friday, 30 October 2015 from 12:15 to 13:15 (GMT)

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The Mental Health in Further Education Network (MHFE)  and BIS Community Learning Mental Health Pilot are offering an online session each weekday from 12th - 30th October to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2015. Join us for as many sessions as you like and please tell other people about these sessions - open to anyone with an interest in adult learning and mental health.

Helping to close this programme on Friday 30 October we are pleased to bring you:

"Great Minds Often Think Differently: Lessons learned from the Barnsley BIS Community Learning Mental Health pilot: What difference does a learning in a residential setting make a difference?"

by Caroline Lees, Mental Health Co-ordinator, The Northern College

From Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2015, in the beautiful setting of Northern College, the Barnsley Community Learning Mental Health pilot, 'Great Minds Often Think Differently'. offered a 'Wellbeing Retreat'. This was followed up by a day session on Saturday 10 October - World Mental Health Day 2015.

The 'retreat' was designed to use learning to help people experiencing mild-moderate mental health difficulties develop strategies to manage their mental health and wellbeing. Residential and non-residential places were offered. Food, refreshments and accommodation for children and childcare were all part of the package. The Retreat included condition management, chill out therapy sessions, various workshops and evening entertainment. 

In this session Caroline will reflect on the experience, using feedback from learners and delivery partner organisations to illiustrate the lessons they have all learned. 

Icon containing the letters www. indicating that a link to a website followsAbout 'Great Minds Often Think Differently' Barnsley's BIS #CLMH_pilot

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The practical stuff

How do I book?

Places are limited to 30, so reserve yours now. Simply select your 'ticket' and 'register'. We'll send you the meeting ID (which you need to join). You don't need to worry about setting up a password and username when you join at 12.15 pm on Friday 30 October 2015.


 12.15 -1.30 pm. Please check that your login and equipment are working before the session starts.

Join from a PC, Mac, iOS or Android

1) Download and install Zoom (or the Zoom app on your smartphone or tablet) before the session

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2) Select the following link to join the session  or join by phone: +44 (0) 20 3695 0088 

3) Enter the meeting ID (which we'll send you when you register your place here on Eventbrite) 

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We want everyone to enjoy and have full access to this webinar. Please do not be offended if we ask you to help us do so. You can help by telling us:

  • when you book, if you have any specific accessibility requirements we need to know about
  • If you notice something we've missed or made difficult for you or others

We will do everything we can to make it right.

What next?

Once you've registered your place we'll send you the meeting ID by email. Eventbrite will automatically send you a reminder 48 hours before the session. We look forward to meeting you. 

I'd like to come, but...

Are you interested in the topic but put off by the technology or previous webinar experiences, or the date or time or anything else? Please get in touch and we'll happily help you make up your mind/suggest other ways you can find out about this content.

Tell people about it - please

Do take a look at our full programme of World Mental Health Day 2015 webinars. You'll find details in the calendar on our home page at . Join us for as many sessions as you can make. Please share this event with other people and on Facebook and Twitter

Any questions?


We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.

Do you have questions about Great Minds Often Think Differently - A WMHD 2015 webinar? Contact Mental Health in Further Education Network


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We are busy in the background planning our month-long series of online sessions in October in support of World Mental Health Day 2016 - let us know what you'd like to see and if you'd like to present an aspect of your work/experience.

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