Mental Health and Risk

Course overview:

This one or two day course will introduce delegates to concepts of risk associated with mental health difficulties and will provide staff with basic tools and skills for assessing and managing risk in a safe, ethical and effective manner.

Course content:

  • What is risk?
  • Different kinds of risk associated with mental health including suicide, self-harm, violence and aggression
  • Myths about risk and mental health
  • What is positive risk taking?
  • Understanding the importance of differing perspectives on risk
  • A structured approach to assessing risk
  • Understanding the risk assessment process
  • Information sharing and joint working
  • Taking a collaborative approach to working with risk
  • Talking about risk with service users
  • Understanding risk factors
  • Factors that increase vulnerability and risk
  • Using a risk checklist
  • Assessing levels of risk
  • Recording risk guidelines
  • Structured approaches to risk management
  • Common approaches: preventative and crisis measures, post incident procedures
  • Generating effective risk management strategies
  • Mental health and risk case studies


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