Connect 5

In 2019, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership commissioned Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind to administer a train the trainer programme to build a group of trainers, mainly from the VCSE sector. These trainers are now working with their local public sector leads to cascade Connect 5 in their organisations and in communities across Greater Manchester. If you want to be connected with the lead in your borough then please contact

From 2022, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has been offering Connect 5 training to the Primary Care Network workforce. This includes those working in general practice, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy as well as a range of aligned professionals including social prescribers, health and care navigators.

About Connect 5

Connect 5 is a mental health promotion training programme designed to increase the confidence and skills of front-line staff so they can be most effective in having conversations with the people they work with about mental health and wellbeing and so help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes. Connect 5:

  • Promotes a self-help philosophy, helping people to better understand, manage and improve their mental health, including understanding how environmental factors influence their mental health and wellbeing
  • Supports the improving access to psychological therapies programme as it helps build the capacity and capability of the wider workforce to support timely and effective access to specialist help
  • Delivers the skills and competencies outlined in the Core Skills for Mental Health Education & Training Framework(2017) for Tier 1 & Tier 2 section of the workforce.

The training has really helped me feel more confident in talking to people about their mental health and wellbeing. The methods and tools we learnt about have made it easier to approach the conversation with the young people I work with. Mentor

How does Connect 5 fit with health and care priorities?

I found the training to be very useful and it has equipped me with new skills to be able to open up and expand on conversations regarding mental health and wellbeing. Probation Officer

Please visit our resources page for Connect 5 resources to learn more about Connect 5.