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About MindEd

What is MindEd?
How does it work?
Aren't there already resources out there like this – what makes MindEd any different?
Who is it for?
Who is behind it?
Who is funding it?
How does the search work?

Technical

I am having technical problems using the site. Who do I contact?
I'm not desk-based. Can I still use MindEd?
I live outside of the UK. Can I access MindEd?

Registration

What are the benefits of registering?
Do I have to pay to use MindEd?
I've forgotten my password, how do I reset it?

Learning with MindEd

What will MindEd help me to do?
I don't have a lot of time. Will it be time consuming?
This isn't for me, I don't do mental health. Why is it relevant to me?
This isn't for me, I'm a healthcare professional and the content's too basic. Why is this relevant to me?
Is it compulsory?
I'm already learning about this. Will MindEd add value?
Will it contradict what I'm learning?
Will it teach me all I need to know?
What is a 'Learning Management System' (LMS)?
I have completed a session, but cannot find my certificate. Where do I find it?

Sharing MindEd with colleagues

I want to tell my colleagues / members about MindEd. Are there any promotional materials I can use?

Learning Paths

What is a Learning Path?
Why can I only see a Foundation Learning Path? Why isn’t there a specific one for my profession?
I’d like to create a Learning Path for my sector. What is involved and who do I contact?

Quality Assurance and Evaluation

Is MindEd evidence based?
How will you ensure that it reflects all the latest research?
How are you going to demonstrate impact?

Other

Won't MindEd encourage 'vigilante' counselling which creates undue distress for children, young people and their families?
Won't it lead to a host of misdiagnosis and 'worried well' and an extra burden on an already over-stretched service?

What is MindEd?
MindEd is a free online e-learning resource for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. This could be as a counsellor, teacher or police officer or equally as an athletics or football coach or through involvement with the Scouts or Brownies.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

Our free online mental health courses can help you be prepared to deal with an issue before it arises or, equally, it can provide much needed guidance to handle an issue of which you're already aware. It also covers a range of behaviours that can be present in children and young people which do not signify a mental health issue.

MindEd contains a specialised curriculum of e-learning for students studying Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) at University. Learners can access this learning path via the MindEd home page.

MindEd also contains a curriculum called MindEd Counselling, an e-Learning programme to support training of school and youth counsellors and supervisors working in primary, secondary, tertiary and community settings, as well as the independent sector. Learners can access this curriculum directly via the MindEd home page.

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How does it work?
It offers short (no more than 20-30 minutes) online learning sessions to help adults identify mental health problems (looking at how problems manifest themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example) and demonstrate what action to take in the best interests of the child or young person.

These sessions can be completed as a 'one off'. Alternatively, visitors can sign up as MindEd members and complete several sessions which they can record on their personal page and print as a certificate for their learning record.

To learn more about using MindEd and the five components which make up the portal, work through the sessions in the Introduction to the MindEd portal.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

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Aren't there already resources out there like this – what makes MindEd any different?
MindEd is the only always on e-learning resource which helps all adults with a duty of care for children and young people to identify a mental health problem and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

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Who is it for?
MindEd is for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people.

When we say 'everyone' we mean everyone who regularly comes into contact with children and young people through their work or outside of work. This could be as a counsellor, teacher or police officer or equally as an athletics or football coach or through involvement with the Scouts or Brownies.

MindEd has something for everyone.

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Who is behind it?
MindEd is developed and supported by a group of multi-disciplinary organisations, known as the consortium. Its members are: the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; the Royal College of Psychiatrists; the Royal College of Nursing; the Royal College of General Practitioners; the British Psychological Society; the National Children's Bureau and YoungMinds.

The content on the site was written by a number of recognised leaders in the field of children and young people's health and mental health.

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Who is funding it?
MindEd is funded by the Department of Health.

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How does the search work?

When you put a word into the search box, it will search for that word in the titles of each session, then the session descriptions, and then the session tag words.

When the results are displayed they appear in the same order, with session title matches first, etc.

For multiple word searches the words are processed in alphabetical order. So if you put two words into the search it will search for these words in alphabetical order, not necessarily the order in which you enter them. It will also deliver the results for each word in that same order.

If you know the name of the session you are looking for then you could use the “A-Z” search page; https://www.minded.org.uk/course/search.php?page=0 but remember that sessions starting with ‘The’ will be listed at T.

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I am having technical problems using the site. How do I contact a site administrator?
If you are experiencing any technical problems with the site or any of the sessions, please contact the site administrator at minded.enquiries@e-lfh.org.uk.

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I'm not desk-based. Can I still use MindEd?
Because it's available online – MindEd is available anywhere at any time of the day. You could take part in a session during your lunch break, on the train home, or once you've put the kids to bed on your laptop or tablet.

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I live outside of the UK. Can I access MindEd?
MindEd is available to anyone, at any time, wherever you are. For a limited period, MindEd will also be free to access for users outside the UK. In due course users outside the UK will need to buy a licence to access the MindEd website. Please email the MindEd team at minded.enquiries@e-lfh.org.uk for further information.

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What are the benefits of registering?
Registered users are able to save their work mid- session, returning to complete it whenever is convenient. As a registered user you are encouraged to provide details including your profession or role. This will enable MindEd to suggest appropriate sessions recommended by professional organisations (where applicable).

As a registered user, a log of sessions you have completed is stored on your personal page. You can print certificates for completed sessions for your learning record.

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Do I have to pay to use MindEd?
No. All the content available on MindEd is free to access.

It is free to register with MindEd, and as a registered user you can save your work mid-session, and print certificates for completed sessions for your learning record. If you provide details of your profession or role, you will be able to access a Learning Path of sessions recommended to you by professional organisations (where applicable).

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I've forgotten my password, how do I reset it?
On the 'Sign in' page there is a link that you can follow if you have forgotten your username or password. Follow the instructions and an email will be sent to you, containing a link. Following the link will trigger a second email to be sent to you. This second email will contain your new password. It will also provide you with a link to enable you to change your password to something more memorable.

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What will MindEd help me to do?
MindEd helps adults to spot mental health problems (looking at how problems manifest themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example). It demonstrates the best course of action and provides guidance in communicating and engaging with children and young people involved.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

It can help you be prepared to deal with an issue before it arises or equally, it can provide much needed guidance to handle an issue of which you're already aware.

It also covers a range of behaviours present in children and young people which do not signify a mental health issue.

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I don't have a lot of time. Will it be time consuming?
No. Sessions take a maximum of 20-30 minutes to complete and you can dip in and dip out of them as you wish – saving a session as you go. This enables you to return and complete it whenever is convenient. You can also browse and save session titles that you would like to complete at a later date.

We're sure that you'll be able to find the time for something this important, and because MindEd is available online – you can make the most of any spare time you have, participating in a session whenever and wherever you are – be it on the train, on a lunch-break or at home.

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This isn't for me, I don't do mental health. Why is it relevant to me?
While your role may not specifically detail a responsibility to address a child or young person's mental health problems, having a duty of care means ensuring that they are safe from harm – regardless of whether that harm is physical or mental.

When there is an opportunity to intervene, tackle harm and improve outcomes for a child or young person – as responsible adults, we should take it.

However, before we can take an opportunity – we need to be able to spot one and know what action to take. Otherwise we feel uncertain, without confidence that what we're doing is right. We probably feel it's safer to do nothing.

MindEd provides knowledge and confidence to do the right thing at the right time.

It offers short (no more than 20-30 minutes) online learning sessions to help adults identify mental health problems (looking at how problems manifest themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example) and demonstrates what action to take in the best interests of the child or young person. It also covers a range of behaviours to be expected in children and young people which do not signify a mental health issue.

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This isn't for me, I'm a healthcare professional and the content's too basic. Why is this relevant to me?
As you'll no doubt agree, children and young people's mental health is something that all health workers need to be aware of. As you know, there's a requirement to treat the whole person – not just physical symptoms. If you're confident that you already know how to identify mental health issues in a child or young person and know the appropriate next steps to take – that is great, and you're probably correct that this isn't for you.

However, if you feel there may be gaps in your knowledge – then why not have a quick look to see if there is something new for you to learn? The content on MindEd has been developed by leading experts in children and young people's mental health and may contribute towards your continuing professional development.

MindEd contains a specialised curriculum of e-learning for students studying Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) at University. Learners can access this learning path via the MindEd home page.

MindEd also contains a curriculum called MindEd Counselling, an e-learning programme to support training of school and youth counsellors and supervisors working in primary, secondary, tertiary and community settings, as well as the independent sector. Learners can access this curriculum directly via the MindEd home page.

In September 2014 MindEd is planning to introduce further materials aimed at mental health specialists. This material will also be open to all MindEd users.

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Is it compulsory?
No, but we think that if you have a duty of care for children and young people that this is the wrong question to be asking. We feel that you should instead be interested in whether MindEd will help you do a better job and improve outcomes for those in your care.

MindEd helps adults to spot mental health problems (looking at how problems show themselves through particular feelings or behaviours, for example) and demonstrate action to take in the best interests of the child or young person.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

It can help you be prepared to deal with an issue before it arises or equally, it can provide much needed guidance to handle an issue of which you're already aware.

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I'm already learning about this. Will MindEd add value?
The MindEd content has been written by leading experts in the field of children and young people's mental health. We're certain that it will add value – either by teaching you something new, inspiring you to do more, or simply reinforcing what you already know. You can also print certificates for sessions completed for your personal learning record.

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Will it contradict what I'm learning?
No. The MindEd content has been written by leading experts in the field of children and young people's mental health and is based on best practice. It should complement any teaching from other reliable, accredited sources.

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Will it teach me all I need to know?
MindEd wasn't created to replace other forms of learning. It is for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. It provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

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What is a 'Learning Management System' (LMS)?
MindEd is based around a Learning Management System (LMS). When you register and sign in to MindEd you are signing into an LMS. Registered users can manage their learning in the ‘My MindEd’ section of the site.

You do not need to register with MindEd to access the e-learning resources, however, by signing in to the LMS you will be given access to a learning path, specifically created to suit your individual learning requirements. The LMS keeps a track of your learning by recording completed sessions and tracking your progress through sessions (if you do not have time to complete a session, the next time you visit that session, you will be asked if you would like to start where you last finished). It also allows you generate certificates and offers the opportunity to feedback on any specific session.

When you have completed an e-learning session you will be prompted to mark the session as complete on the LMS. If you are signed in, this will mark the session as complete on your learning record. You can return to the LMS by selecting ‘Exit Activity’ – found at the top of the page. This will take you back to the summary page for the session and here you will find a link to print a certificate. It will record your completion of the session and allow you to provide feedback.

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I have completed a session, but cannot find my certificate. Where do I find it?
You need to be registered and signed in to MindEd to be able to print certificates for sessions you have completed. When you have completed an e-learning session you will be prompted to mark the session as complete on the LMS. If you are signed in, this will record the session as complete on your learning record. You should then exit the session by selecting ‘Exit Activity’ – found at the top of the page. This will take you back to the summary page for the session and here you will find a link to print a certificate, recording your completion of the session.

You do not have to print your certificate immediately the link to the certificate will remain on the summary page for the session, so when you have access to a printer you can sign in to MindEd and go back to the session and print the certificate.

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I want to tell my colleagues / members about MindEd. Are there any promotional materials I can use?
A range of materials has been created to help you to encourage your colleagues or members to access the MindEd e-learning programme and improve the knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent mental health in your organisation.

You can download a poster, infographic, leaflet, and web banners from the resources page.

You can also download or embed any of the MindEd video resources, including the MindEd story, presentations and interviews, from our YouTube channel.

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What is a Learning Path?
MindEd consists of almost 250 sessions, but not all of these will be appropriate for all users. It is free to register with MindEd, and as a registered user you will have access to a suggested Learning Path identifying those sessions which are most relevant to you, so that you can quickly access them.

MindEd is working with professional organisations to develop Learning Paths. Where a Learning Path has not yet been developed for your profession or role, a Foundation Learning Path is suggested.

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Why can I only see a Foundation Learning Path? Why isn’t there a specific one for my profession?
MindEd is currently working with professional organisations to develop Learning Paths. Where a Learning Path has not yet been developed for your profession or role, a Foundation Learning Path is suggested. If you are interested in working with us to develop a Learning Path, contact minded@rcpch.ac.uk.

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I am interested in creating a Learning Path for professionals in my sector. What is involved and who do I contact?
Creating a Learning Path is a partnership. It involves identifying those sessions which are most appropriate for your user group and deciding what order you would like these to be presented in. The MindEd team will help any professional organisation interested in creating a Learning Path through the process.

If you are interested in creating a Learning Path, contact minded@rcpch.ac.uk.

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Is MindEd evidence based?
MindEd is based on evidence of best practice and has been written by leading experts in child and young person's mental health. Our resources page contains links to additional evidence based research to enable further reading.

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How will you ensure that it reflects all the latest research?
MindEd has been written by leading experts in child and young person's mental health. Content will be reviewed regularly and new evidence represented. Our resources page contains links to additional evidence based research to enable further reading.

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How are you going to demonstrate impact?
Demonstrating impact is really important to us. The National Children's Bureau will be monitoring and evaluating MindEd over the next 12 months to ensure that we are reaching key audiences and meeting their requirements.

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Won't MindEd encourage harmful 'vigilante' counselling which creates undue distress for children, young people and their families?
No. We're certainly not suggesting that non specialists attempt the diagnosis, counselling or treatment of children and young people. MindEd will certainly not equip non specialists to do so.

MindEd is for everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. It provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved. This may include talking to that child or their parent, or suggesting referral to a GP or counsellor.

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Won't it lead to a host of misdiagnosis and 'worried well' and an extra burden on an already over-stretched service?
In reality, we know that up to three-quarters of mental health problems in children and young people go undetected and undiagnosed. This is not good for the wellbeing, now or in the future, of our children, young people and their families. It's clear that action is wanted and needed to turn the tide and that is why MindEd has been developed.

Importantly, we're certainly not suggesting non specialists attempt the diagnosis, counselling or treatment of children and young people. MindEd will certainly not equip non specialists to do so.

At its heart, MindEd is about providing practical knowledge that gives adults the confidence to identify a potential mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved.

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Last modified: Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 10:45 AM