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Open to All: Mental Health and Social Inclusion Awareness Training for Museums and Galleries

Mental health and social inclusion awareness training package for museums and galleries. Developed and shared in 2008 as part of 'Open to all' a partnership project involving The Wallace Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, MLA Council, Tate Modern, The University of Nottingham, Lost Artists Club, Nottinghamshire County NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust, Portugal Prints and the National Social Inclusion Programme, part of the National Institute for Mental Health, England (NIMHE).

The overall aim of this training course is to raise awareness among museum and gallery staff of issues relating to mental health and social inclusion. Participants are particularly encouraged to acknowledge the enormous potential for recovery that people with experience of mental health problems have. Many people with such problems feel isolated, discriminated against and excluded from what society has to offer. The arts have much to offer excluded people and there is evidence around the country of excellent work initiated by museums and galleries. This training package seeks to help museum and gallery staff to work more confidently with people with experience of mental health problems.

The training package was written by Theodore Stickley, Vicky Price and Mark Foster.

The contents of the package provides trainers with the resources for delivering four half-day, or two whole-day training sessions. The contents of each module are broken down into two sessions, each lasting 90 minutes.

This training package is available to museum and gallery staff in the UK for the purposes of mental health awareness and social inclusion training and should not be used in any way for profit or gain. The materials may be photocopied without fee or prior permission on the basis that copies of printed or photocopied material will be used solely for the purposes of mental health awareness training for museum and gallery staff and volunteers in the UK.

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