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Mind the Gap - Free training for mental health team managers/leads.

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GET ON BOARD WITH FREE SEXUAL HEALTH AND HIV TRAINING FOR MENTAL HEALTH TEAM MANAGERS/LEADS

Herts Aid is proud to introduce ‘Mind the Gap,’ a new project funded by Public Health England HIV Innovation Fund. Working in partnership with Embrace Life Luton we will be offering free sexual health and HIV training across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to enable mental health support teams to make every contact count.

The training will ensure that mental health professionals are given the tools and information to feel confident to have conversations with clients about sexual health and to know where to signpost them to for testing and support if needed.

Why is this training needed?

This project has received high level strategic support from both Public Health and Adult Care services. It is recognised that there would be great value in narrowing the gap between mental health and sexual health services. By encouraging a culture of openness to discuss personal matters, concerns of service users around their sexual health and relationships could be brought to light and brief behavioural intervention could reduce risk taking behaviour, encourage regular testing for HIV and STIs and reduce onward transmission of these.

Who is this for?

The project is aimed at mental health managers and team leads, so that they can become Sexual Health Champions in the workplace. The training includes small steps that will encourage real systemic change to embed sexual health within mental health services.

What does this training involve?

The project involves a free interactive three-hour training session, which covers a sexual health and HIV update, awareness of local services and referral pathways and an opportunity to role play and practice asking sexual health questions with clients. This learning is supported with an interactive online portal and a toolkit of practical steps to take.

What do I need to do?

Choose a training date to suit you, contact info@hertsaid.co.uk, PLEASE NOTE ONCE WE RECEIVE A BOOKING FORM WE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING.

Dates and Venues (across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire):

Friday 16th March - ACCM (Bedford Town centre)

Wednesday 28th March - Welwyn Garden City

Friday 20th April - Watford

Monday 23rd April - ACCM (Bedford Town centre)

Friday 4th May - Stevenage

Thursday 10th May – Dunstable

Wednesday 23rd May - Hemel Hempstead

Wednesday 06th June – Luton

Monday 11th June - Stanstead Abbotts

Tuesday 26th June - Welwyn Garden City

Monday 2nd July – ACCM (Bedford Town centre)

Tuesday 17th July - Dunstable

WE CAN ALSO COME TO YOU IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO TRAIN, CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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