// Remote Area and Expedition Mental Health Awareness

 

At Remote Area Risk International, we take Mental Health very seriously. We have seen the impact on remote area workers, expedition teams, family members - and, sometimes, ourselves.

 

We have worked to develop a series of Mental Health related training courses, underpinned by Ofqual regulated qualifications, to assist those deploying others, or working with deployed teams - whether as an expedition leader, outdoor instructor, medic, HR and more.

 

Our courses have been developed by experienced remote area medics, leading academics in the remote area psychology field, University lecturers, counsellors and more. We have a Faculty which includes academics at the forefront of remote area psychology, ensuring relevant issues are fed in to the course.

 

Our courses include Remote Area Emphasis Mental Health Awareness and Remote Area Emphasis Psychological First Aid. The former is related to an awareness of remote area mental health related matters - the latter allows those trained in Psychological First Aid to make meaningful interventions in the event of a traumatic incident.

Both courses are delivered by professionals - Medical professionals or Trauma professionals.

 

With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health condition each year, it is no surprise that there is a move to improving individuals awareness of mental health. As ever, the emphasis at Remote Area Risk International is remote area operations, expedition, exploration, outdoors and adventure travel sectors.

We are privileged to have a unique team of remote medical professionals, with experience of mental health related matters, specialist remote area psychological training, university level mental health awareness training and are either currently, or previously, been responsible for the mental health of others in the field - whether that be on expedition, outdoors, remote area field stations, oil and gas settings or on board ships.

Our suite of Ofqual regulated qualifications start at level 1 with a simple half day awareness qualification; aimed at anyone who wants a better understanding of their own mental health, a 1 day course, through to a Level 3 Award in Mental Health at Work (our emphasis being remote areas). Each of the three qualifications builds on each other, culminating in the learner being able to undertake simple mental health conversations at work - and signposting to additional support when necessary.

Remote Area/Expedition Mental Health Awareness. 

Our flagship course is the two day Level 3 Mental Health at Work. We deliver that with a remote area emphasis, with supporting expertise, case studies and materials - including film footage shot on location in the Antarctic and elsewhere. 

Contents:

  • Remote area considerations v urban considerations

  • Screening

  • Preparation for deployment

  • Culture shock - arrival in country and upon return home

  • Family issues at home - communications

  • Factors impacting mental health such as duration and intensity/purpose/location of deployment

  • Environmental factors

  • Be aware of common mental health disorders.

  • Know how to recognise the causes and impact of stress

  • Know how to recognise the causes and impact of common mental health conditions.

  • Know how to recognise and support individuals with a personality disorder.

  • Defining the terms mental health and mental ill heath

  • The impacts of poor mental health on an individual

  • Common mental health issues

  • Ways to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues

  • Defining the term stress

  • Factors that increase the risk of stress in an individual

  • The potential signs of an individual with stress

  • The potential impact of stress on an individual

  • Different mental health conditions

  • Factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions in an individual

  • The potential signs of an individual with a mental health condition

  • The potential impact of common mental health conditions on an individual

  • Support in the field - Duty of Care systems

  • Practical issues in case of repatriation - ratios, resources and more

  • Organisations where individuals with a mental health condition can be referred to

  • Defining the term personality disorder

  • Types of personality disorders

  • Factors that increase the risk of an individual developing a personality disorder

  • Ways to identify an individual who has a personality disorder

  • Organisations where individuals with a personality disorder can be referred to

  • Know how to recognise and support individuals with Psychosis,

  • Understand how individuals may use harmful strategies to cope with a mental health disorder,

  • Know how to recognise and support an individual in suicidal crisis, 

  • Be able to support an individual with a mental health issue,

  • Know the legal requirements for managing mental health in a workplace, 

  • Defining the term psychosis

  • Factors that increase the risk of an individual developing psychosis

  • Ways to identify an individual who has psychosis

  • Organisations where individuals with psychosis can be referred to

  • Identifying common harmful coping strategies

  • How substances are misused

  • Defining the term eating disorder

  • How individuals may self-harm

  • The potential signs of an individual who uses harmful coping strategies.

  • Organisations where individuals who use harmful coping strategies can be referred to

  • Factors that increase the risk of suicide

  • Warning signs for someone who is suicidal

  • Actively listen to an individual having a mental health conversation

  • Ways to support an individual in suicidal crisis

  • Ways to improve mental health and well being

  • Demonstrating an approach to take when supporting individuals with a mental health issue

  • Being responsive to an individual following a mental health conversation

  • Impacts of poor mental health on the individual, others and the organisation

  • Key legislation, regulations and codes of practice related to mental health in the workplace or on operational deployments.

  • Employee’s and employer’s responsibilities in relation to mental health in the workplace or on operational deployments.

  • Actions an employer can take to improve mental well-being within workplace or operational deployments.

Remote Area Emphasis Psychological First Aid

This course is aimed at allowing Psychological First Aiders to provide suitable support to assist in the aftermath of a traumatic situation.

More details will follow in due course.

This course is led by a qualified professional who lectures at a UK University and has significant experience training those deploying overseas, including hostile and austere environments.

Bookings/Next Courses:

Dates: 2020 dates to be published soon. Courses will also be available as 'closed' courses at client venues for their won staff.  

Cost: TBA for the 2 day course only .

Venue: Plas Y Brenin or client venue.

Places: 

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