What do you do when someone confides in you that he/ she is highly stressed, or when you observed that he/ she tends to isolate himself/ herself from others? How can you help someone who experiences panic attacks before some major events?
A person with mental health issues does not exist in a vacuum. Most of the time, the rest of the family go through much stress, trying to care for the affected person. Research has shown that individuals with strong family support have higher success rate of recovery in mental illness.
In this workshop, you will learn about the different types of anxiety and depression and gain a comprehensive understanding of the signs and symptoms of these mental health conditions. The possible contributing factors and effects of these conditions will also be discussed.
Using a family-centered approach, participants will be introduced to a different lens of looking at mental illness, understand how family dynamics, beliefs, family scripts and narratives influence mental health and individual functioning.
From understanding and insight to support and intervention, participants will also learn strategies to help not only the affected PERSON but also to support the FAMILY.
Participants are welcome to discuss complex cases they have encountered. This practical workshop is conducted in a multi-modal format including immersive and experiential training via role-play, case studies, peer activities and observation in addition to training teaching strategies.
This course is suitable for participants who do not have a psychological background but wish to be understand more about depression, anxiety and stress, and to help others appropriately.
Overview of Depression, Anxiety and Stress
- Introduction and statistics
- Types of anxiety and depression disorder
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Major depression disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- How these mental health conditions present themselves
Activities: Group discussions + videos
Contributing Factors and Effects of Depression, Anxiety and Stress
- Effects on self (emotional & psychological, work, studies, relationships, functionality, activities of daily living etc)
- Effects on family (family relationships, caregiver’s stress, tension at home, guilt, emotional effects like guilt & shame etc)
- Risk and Protective factors
- Suicide risk assessment
Activities: Case Studies
Using a family-centred approach as the lens to see and support those with mental illness
- Adopting a systemic view of mental illness
- How the family-based approach can help you see and support those with mental illness
- Using the family genogram to understand family dynamics, resilience and resources
- Understand how beliefs, family scripts and narratives surrounding mental illness affect individual and family functioning
- Interventions to support the individual
- Interventions to increase family functioning and reduce family stresses
- Other strategies
- When to refer for specialised intervention & psychiatric assessment
Activities: Role play, Video discussion and Case Studies