England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Personal and organisational development, Welfare and equalities

An Introduction to Mental Health (lunchtime session)

This 75-minute session has been developed to provide participants with an introduction to mental health.

Practical and interactive in tone, the programme covers:

  1. An explanation of mental health
  2. The factors which influence mental health
  3. Causes of mental disorders
  4. An introduction to some of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders.

Full handouts are provided, together with copies of the PowerPoint Slides.


Welcome (5 mins)

Programme objectives and overview

Personal introductions


An Introduction to Mental Health (15 mins)

  • Defining mental health
  • Influences and causes of mental health disorders
  • Statistics and facts

An Introduction to Mental Health Disorders (50 mins)

  • Depression, anxiety, bi-polar affective disorder, schizophrenia and self-harm
  • Main treatments and support which is available

Programme review (5 mins)

  • Key learning points
  • Feedback and evaluation
  • Close.


Who should attend?

This will be relevant to any officer or elected member wanting to support colleagues as well as understanding how to support themselves.


Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.