Mental Health Conditions and NLN

National Learning Network provides training and specialist support to people who, for a variety of reasons, may find it difficult to gain employment. 

National Learning Network helps people with a range of mental health conditions, including:

  • Schizophrenia (Schizotypal, Delusional, Psychotic and Schizoaffective disorders)
  • Mood Disorders (Manic episode, Bipolar, Major depressive disorder
  • Disorders of Adult Personality and behaviour (Specific personality disorders, Impulse disorders, Gender Identity disorder. Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative, Stress related, Phobias, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Behavioural syndromes associated with physiological/physical factors (eating disorders, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction
  • Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use (alcohol or drug related disorders)

How NLN Helps People With Mental Health Conditions

National Learning Network offers a range of specialist support services for people with mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder amongst others.

A few ways that NLN helps people with mental health conditions are:

  • All of the programmes (both rehabilitative and vocational) within National Learning Network aim to promote participants’ overall wellbeing. While on their journey with National Learning Network students are facilitated to explore ways positive mental health and wellbeing can be fostered, supported and enhanced in order to support them to achieve their desired outcomes.
  • National Learning Network offers HSE funded Rehabilitative Training programmes which have a specific focus on promoting positive mental health, wellbeing and recovery. These courses are underpinned by the National Mental Health Policy “Sharing the Vision”. Students on these programmes are introduced to the principals of recovery along with a wide range of psychoeducational strategies and tools. Peer Support, Advocacy and Coproduction are also integral to these programmes.
  • All students in National Learning Network have their own Person Centred Plan (PCP) which facilitates them to identity their wants and needs and achieve their goals while overcoming their barriers to inclusion.
  • Programmes in National Learning Network implement the principals of Universal Design for Learning giving all students equal opportunities to learn.
  • National Learning Network also offers Individual Placement and Support (IPS). The IPS model supports people with mental health difficulties to find work. During their time with National Learning Network all students have access to the support of a multidisciplinary team comprising of a Rehabilitation Officer, Psychologist, Resource Teacher, and Advocacy Officer.

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