Mental health e-learning resources now available from multi-national Salford project

Categories: School of Health and Society

School of Health and Society staff are sharing mental health resources that have been created as part of a multi-national project.

Lorna McGlynn

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Lorna McGlynn, Lecturer in Digital Health and Society, Dr Cristina Vasilica and other colleagues worked on the STRENCO project, which began in 2018.

Funded by Erasmus+, the project was in partnership with universities in Ireland, Finland, Belgium and Greece.

It joined together students working in the mental health arena with academics, service users and practitioners to promote collaborative working in mental health.

Each year, students spent an intensive practice week in one of the partnership countries. The first week was spent at Salford, which helped to inform Dr Vasilica, McGlynn and colleagues as they developed the STRENCO Logic Model, a Tripartite Model for working in mental health in a more co-produced way. The model was conceived and tested using the knowledge, understanding and experiences developed over the course of the STRENCO project.

The second week was spent in Belgium, where participants supported the development of multi-professional competencies needed for collaborative working/co-production in mental health.

The final week was due to be spent in Finland, but could not go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the three years, each country created e-learning materials in relation to mental health. These resources would be useful for teaching and research. Developed using Articulate Storyline or web-resources, the materials can be embedded in Blackboard and other virtual learning management systems. 

The project also explored mental health promotion, stigma, use of virtual reality in mental health and how mental health professionals can work with service users and carers to develop a joint approach to improving practice.  

McGlynn said: “Mental health training and care differs across countries and services, so it was good to hear different perspectives.”

“The learning weeks were really productive. The students undertook stimulation, developed health promotion materials and clinical competencies.

“It was a brilliant learning experience for the students, as they were learning from academics, practitioners, service users and each other.

“It was a great opportunity to work together, co-producing materials from different perspectives.”

“We would like to thank previous colleagues who also worked on the project.”

 You can find all the resources and more information on the STRENCO website.

Photo: Lorna McGlynn

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