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Courses

We have developed a programme of courses that run throughout the year. These courses are very popular and offer a good introduction to ways to help with your wellbeing.

Most of our courses are run like evening classes (unless otherwise mentioned below). The seats will be set out in rows and there will be two course facilitators who will present information, tools and techniques, and may open up discussions within the group.

The courses are very informal and we aim to create a calm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere. They usually run for 1.5 – 2 hours with a short break in the middle. You will not have to talk about yourself and you can just sit and listen if you like. You may bring a friend or family member to some of our courses, please check when you are registered onto the course.

You can refer yourself to our courses by filling in our online referral form or by calling us on 0191 282 6600. You will first receive a brief telephone assessment to establish what difficulties you are experiencing and to agree on the most suitable help for you. If you are interested in attending one of our courses please let us know during your initial assessment.

Our available courses are shown below.

Ways to Wellbeing

This four-session course aims to introduce you to ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, a wellbeing equivalent to the recommended ‘five fruit and veg a day’.

Research shows that there are five components that positively contribute to our wellbeing: to connect to others, to be active, to take notice, to learn and to give. This course introduces you to these components and provides you with practical tips and ideas how to implement these in your daily life. You will also be given handouts to take away.

This class is much like an evening class. It is not group therapy and you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during class, although you are welcome to ask questions. We do not cover specific mental health difficulties; if you are in need for more concrete help with a specific problem, please have a look at our other courses.

Addressing Your Anger

This five-week course is aimed at people who would like to learn more about the triggers to anger and ways to manage their angry feelings. You will not be expected to talk about yourself in front of others. The course is not a therapy group, it is about providing you with the information you need to help manage anger better.

During the course you will be given information about managing anger and stress. We offer techniques and strategies that have been proven by research to help manage anger more effectively. You will be given handouts to take away and questionnaires to fill in at each class. You will be asked to do some short written exercises to think about how anger affects you, but this is for you – no one else needs to see it.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Introduction to Mindfulness is an eight-week mediation group for beginners. Mindfulness practice aims to bring our attention to the present moment through meditation. Participants are invited to take part in mindfulness mediation during and in-between classes.

You will be provided with information on mindfulness techniques during this group and given handouts to take away. This class runs throughout the year during the day and in the evening. You can refer yourself onto this group by calling 0191 282 6600.

In this group you will be invited to participate in mediation, however you will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during class, although you are welcome to ask questions. We do not cover specific mental health difficulties; if you are in need for more concrete help with a specific problem, please have a look at our other courses.

Women’s Self-Confidence

The Women’s Self-Confidence course runs for five consecutive weeks for two hours per week, several times a year.

The format of the group is interactive and participative involving a mixture of taught sessions, and individual, small and whole group exercises/tasks which are creative and enjoyable.

The course offers members the opportunity to explore what self-esteem and confidence means to them and is an ‘introduction to self-confidence’.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning

This is a five-session course designed for after you have completed one-to-one therapy. The course supports you to develop your personal resources to aid your wellbeing. You will develop your own action plan, which will include ideas and different ways to keep you well. For further information on this course, please speak with your therapist.

Addressing Your Anxiety

This four-week class aims to help you understand what anxiety is and how to deal with anxious feelings. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this course is an introduction to anxiety. We will provide you with information and resources on how to overcome anxiety, how to challenge unhelpful thinking, and provide you with tips and techniques to maintain your progress. You will be provided with resources and material to take away.

Lead by two mental health workers, this class is similar to an evening class. You will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during class, although you are welcome to ask questions. If you would find it helpful, you may bring a family member or friend to this class, however please do let us know in advance.

Addressing Your Low Mood

This four-week class is an introduction to low mood. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with the first week looking at understanding low mood and breaking it down into thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms, and behaviours.

The following weeks then look at helpful techniques to challenge unhelpful thinking, increase routine and enjoyable activities, and help with problem-solving. You will be provided with resources and materials to take away.

Lead by two mental health workers, this class is similar to an evening class. You will not be expected to discuss your personal problems. No one will expect you to talk during class, although you are welcome to ask questions. If you would find it helpful, you may bring a family member or friend to this class, however please do let us know in advance.

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What we offer

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Courses

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Frequently asked questions

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