Training Courses

If you are recovering from a mental health difficulty, you may benefit from a number of training and vocational courses. Here, we list some run by Mental Health Reform members.

National Learning Network

National Learning Network provides training and specialist supports which cater for the individual needs of people with a range of needs including people with mental difficulties.


National Learning Network is based in 50 locations nationwide and offers more than 70 different training courses are funded through SOLAS or the Health Service Executive. 90% of people who completed a course with NLN in 2012 went on to further education or training.

  • Rehabilitative training programmes are designed to assist students in improving the quality of their lives through greater inclusion and involvement with the local community and through learning new skills.
  • Vocational courses range from business and computer skills, through to graphic design, art and leisure studies. Courses offer a variety of awards including FETAC (Level 1-6), ECDL, MOS and City & Guilds.

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Threshold Training Network

Threshold Training Network Tallaght provides a back to work training programme.


Threshold Training Network Tallaght provides a QQI level 3 “Back to Work Training Programme” in employability skills. It is geared towards people with mental health difficulties who want to gain skills that will help them adjust in the workplace. It is a full time course that runs Monday to Friday, 31.25 hours a week for 36 weeks.
There are no formal entry requirements other than that applicants must be over 18, have basic reading and writing skills, have self-experience of mental health difficulties and be motivated to take part. Modules include: Communications, Computer literacy, Health and fitness, Work experience and Career Planning.


Respond! Housing Association provides supports and training to people who are vulnerable, including those with long term mental health difficulties.


Respond! offers family supports, youth services and academic and practical education opportunities to their residents.

Respond! College offers a range of professional training programmes accredited by FETAC, HETAC and the Chartered Institute of Housing. They also offer a range of academic programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Inclusion Ireland

Inclusion Ireland provides supports and training to people with intellectual disabilities and their families.


Inclusion Ireland offers a Communications and Supporting Skills course which encourages parents to cope effectively with the challenges they meet. The organisation also offers a Pathways to Possibilities course which encourages parents to look at the skills/interests/capabilities of their child and to work toward their child’s full potential.