MindEd

About the MindEd programme

With three-quarters of adult mental disorders in evidence by the age of 21, effective early intervention can be essential in preventing the development of ill health and disability.

MindEd provides accessible, engaging online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people, adults and older people in the UK. The education and knowledge provided is instrumental in breaking down stigma and maximising the life chances for all.

In 2018 these resources were extended to include a programme of learning supporting the mental health of adults with a Learning Disability, aimed at the care workforce. This programme was further expanded in 2020. 

MindEd offers free, completely open access online education with over 500 sessions. These can all be found on our website and are available to browse using our Session Brochure, which can be downloaded from our Resources web page. Our eLearning is applicable to a wide range of learners across the health, social care, education, blue lights, criminal justice and community settings.

MindEd is delivered by a consortium of partner organisations, hosted at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education, and Health Education England. The elearning content has been written and edited by leading experts from the UK and internationally. We are confident that the learning materials represent the very best advice and knowledge, presented in an easily digested, engaging and practical way.

MindEd aims to empower users with the confidence and skills to understand, identify, and address mental health challenges. This is done through provision of education for all and CPD opportunities for professionals, and by carrying out regular horizon scanning to help tackle any gaps in service provision. 

Who and what is it for?

MindEd will help you become informed and better equipped when considering the mental health of those under your care, whether dealing with children and young people, adults, people of all ages with a Learning Disability and the older population. There are a range of materials extending from the general level to more specialised levels.

It is aimed at anyone working or volunteering regularly with:

  • children or young people
  • adults
  • people of all ages with a Learning Disability
  • older people.

The majority of children develop healthy minds and bodies, but it helps us to help them if we understand better what is healthy, how to support good health and what needs closer attention. As adults, we all face challenges to our mental health, and we can be better at supporting each other if we share an understanding of how to protect our mental health, and how to respond when things go wrong.

All of MindEd’s  eLearning sessions can be completed as a ‘one off’ or ‘stand-alone’ learning experience. Alternatively, you can sign up to the MindEd learning community and complete several sessions or begin a learning path. Creating an account means that your activity will be recorded in a personal learning account. It also means you have the option to print certificates to evidence your learning.

Important: If you are aware of somebody at serious risk of harm you should contact your local support services immediately.

Learning Paths 

The MindEd website holds over 500 free eLearning sessions, but not all of these will be appropriate for all users. MindEd offer the option for organisations to create their own MindEd Learning Path – a section of the site where we gather our most relevant content for your audience in one place. Your learning path will have a unique URL so you can signpost your users straight to it. By creating a Learning Path, you will be identifying a ‘starter pack’ of sessions which are most relevant to your user group, so that they can quickly access them. You can include introductory text, with images and links to your own website.

To enquire about creating a learning path, please email minded@rcpsych.ac.uk

Top 10 benefits for learners

  1. Increased awareness and understanding of mental health;
  2. Confidence to tackle challenging situations positively by identifying and using creative problem-solving skills and techniques;
  3. Access to resources developed by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in the field of mental health;
  4. Learning experience built on credible, high quality learning resources to challenge and inspire;
  5. Supported by a consortium of well-respected partner organisations;
  6. Easy to use with stand-alone modules that can be grouped for their relevance to you and your situation;
  7. Includes a range of real-life case studies to inform your learning;
  8. Allows for a flexible approach, learn at your pace when and where you like;
  9. Free to register and learn;
  10. Certificates can be printed as proof of completion.