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These courses are longer and designed to focus more in depth on certain topics.

BEING IN THE MOMENT: EXPLORING MINDFULNESS

‘Sorry!   I’m all over the place!’   How many times have we said that?  Busy, distracted minds can be the bane of our life.  They can ruin our concentration, enjoyment and happiness.
Learning the skills to practice Mindfulness can help us achieve a sense of being present, of being in the here and now. 

In this course of two sessions you will learn:

  • How to be still and focus our attention
  • How to deal with mental distractions
  • How to become aware of the wisdom our bodies teach us, rather than being stuck in the whirlwind of our thoughts.

Your attendance on this course is required at all sessions.

DEVELOPING YOUR OWN WELLNESS ACTION RECOVERY PLAN TOOL

What is WRAP?
WRAP is a structured but flexible framework to develop an effective personal plan to overcome distressing physical or psychological symptoms and change unhelpful behavioural patterns.

Elements of a WRAP plan include:

  • A wellness toolbox
  • A daily maintenance plan
  • Identifying triggers: planning
  • Early warning signs: planning
  • When things are breaking down
  • Crisis and post crisis planning

WRAP can be used by anyone who wants to make a positive change in the way they feel. This course will run for four sessions and your attendance is required at all sessions.

DREAMING OF A BETTER SLEEP

Having difficulty getting off to sleep at night? Waking up early in the morning? Spending all night tossing and turning?
The aim of this course is to help you improve your understanding of sleep and ways of dealing with sleep problems.
Topics covered include:

  • Myths and realities of sleep: how much sleep we need and the different types of sleep
  • Common causes of sleep problems
  • Ways of overcoming sleep problems

Your attendance is required on all three sessions.

LIVING BEYOND THE LABEL

Experiencing mental health difficulties can be challenging enough without having the added burden of mental health discrimination, stigma and the exclusion from society which can follow.
We will question the negative impact of discrimination and stigma in all areas of our lives. We will also focus on positive strategies to support and enable us to lead the life we want to.
You will learn to combat stigma throughout society with the governments initiative ‘It’s time to talk, it’s time to change’.

LIVING WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF BIPOLAR

This course runs for one session per week for five weeks and aims to increase your understanding of the nature, causes, treatments and coping strategies of Bipolar Affective Disorder (BPAD).  It’s intended for individuals with a diagnosis of BPAD their carers and family members to broaden understanding and help with staying well.
Your attendance on this course is required at all sessions.

MAKING YOURSELF HEARD

Communicating effectively is a skill that is often difficult if you are not well, and can also be challenging to regain. Through this course you will learn active listening techniques and how to present information effectively to others, as well as being able to obtain information from others and engage in discussions.

This course will also cover the essentials of:

  • Differing types of verbal and non-verbal interactions (including body language)
  • Telephone skills
  • Overcoming the challenges of effective communication during an appointment

Your attendance on this course is required at all sessions.

UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING STRESS AND ANXIETY

This course will introduce you to what stress and anxiety is and how it can affect you and your life.  It will also teach you skills and strategies to help you manage your symptoms.

WHY ARE WE HERE? EXPLORING SPIRITUALITY

Whether we are formal believers in a particular faith or not; it’s becoming more and more evident that spirituality plays a big part in mental health and recovery. Spirituality is all about how we respond to life’s every day challenges.

  • Where do we find meaning?
  • Where do we find value and purpose, reverence and awe?
  • What nourishes us on the deepest level of our humanity?
  • How do we connect with the world around us?

This course of three sessions will offer space for us to explore our own individual spirituality, through input, practice and discussion. We will examine what challenges us, motivates and sustains us. Your attendance on this course is required at all sessions.