University Park Campus
Dates: Every Tuesday
Location: A31 Clive Granger, University Park Campus
You don't have to attend every week, it is up to you when you would like to come along to the peer support group.
The Positive Minds course has been designed to give students the skills they need to keep low mood at bay. If you are interested in learning new ideas to help you keep your university experience a positive one, this course is for you!
The Positive Minds sessions follow a structure; through six meetings you will be guided through a workbook packed full of ideas and suggestions to help you stay positive.
The theory behind the course
The theory behind this course goes something like this... when depression gets a foothold in your life, it can quickly take hold in the form of a series of mutually reinforcing habits. That is, when we let low mood hang around, it is easy to end up in a downward spiral. Depressed behaviour, in the form of avoidance and social withdrawal, reinforces depressed feelings and the lethargy that often accompanies depression. Whilst not a substitute for professional help, the strategies discussed on this course offer a starting point for doing what you can yourself to turn this spiral around or for preventing chronic stress or low mood from spiraling into depression.
The course structure has been developed on the basis of evidence that self-help advice is most effective when it can be translated into clearly stated personal implementation intentions. In other words, turning a general piece of advice into a very specific goal that you intend to carry out at a specific time or in a specific context. The purpose of the course is to support your efforts to make positive practical changes in your daily life between the course sessions.
"The facilitators understand my issues and have made me feel comfortable"
Taking depression seriously
Depression can be a very serious condition and it is always advisable to seek professional support if you think you may be depressed. This course is not a substitute for professional treatment.
At the same time, there are many small ways in which to build your own ‘positive mind’ campaign of resistance to low mood and depression. Each week on this course you will set step by step personal goals, so that by the end of the course you have a clear foundation for continuing to build a ‘positive minds’ life.
Our Confidentiality policy can be found at http://www.studentminds.org.uk/positive-minds-course---confidentiality.html