Coping With Depression Group

Depression is a common problem, affecting an estimated 10% of people at some time during their lives (NICE, 2010). If you suffer from depression, you don’t have to suffer alone. Our course aims to help people learn skills to overcome and prevent feelings of depression.

The programme runs for twelve weeks and is facilitated by trained Cognitive Behavioural therapists. You will learn skills that are useful for coping with depression, and you will be given a workbook with exercises to help you practice the skills.

You will learn how to:

  • Relax and ease your anxiety
  • Increase pleasant activities
  • Improve social activities
  • Develop more helpful ways of thinking
  • Be more assertive
  • Design your own self-change plan

Will I have to talk in front of the group?

The group is focussed on learning skills rather than discussion. Therefore, you are not expected to talk in front of the group, unless you feel comfortable doing so.

Will I have to talk about difficult things from my past?

The course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which focuses on difficulties in the here and now, rather than problems from your past.

Who attends the group and how many people will there be?

A range of people are invited to the group. It is usually made up of women and men of different ages, backgrounds and experiences. The group can accommodate 10-12 people.

How is the group structured?

The group will run for 2 hours usually on a weekly basis with time for a short break. There is work to do in-between sessions and research tells us that you are more likely to progress if you are able to find the time do this work.

Do I need to bring anything?

You will be given a book to use while you are on the course which will complement what you are learning. We would also advise you to bring a small writing book/pad and a pen.

Will I be discharged after the course?

People have an opportunity to be seen on their own towards the end of the group. This provides an opportunity to talk individually with the facilitators about your progress and whether you need any extra help and further psychological support.

Feel Well Live Well Group.
Learn to manage your anxiety and depression…

What is it?

The Feel Well Live Well workshops are a set of classes designed to help you to manage your anxiety or depression in a different way.

Feel Well Live Well workshops are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment for these difficulties, as recommended by NICE guidelines.

The workshops aim to help you understand how your thinking impacts on how you feel, behave and communicate with yourself and others.

Feel Well Live Well aims to educate, encourage and inspire you, whilst using self- help materials, imagery, relaxation, and interpersonal skills to help you improve your symptoms.

How long does the course last?

The workshops run for 6 weeks and recommend people attend all 6 sessions. Evidence shows that people that attend all the sessions benefit more.

Each session runs for 2 hours. We have a break mid-way through the session, when facilities and refreshments are available.

Who else will be there?

People like you, who may also be experiencing anxiety or low mood. Remember 1 in 4 people have these problems. Nobody has to share anything they don’t want to. It is a class-like environment.

Who runs the workshops?

Each workshop is run by two trained Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, who are qualified in teaching people how to manage anxiety and depression.

Do I need to bring anything?

No. We provide workbooks, pens and refreshments.

What do the workshops cover?

Session1: Introduction and first steps to wellbeing

Session 2: Stress and anxiety

Session 3: Sleep hygiene and stress reduction techniques

Session 4: Low mood

Session 5: Low self-esteem and assertiveness

Session 6: Self-help resources and CBT

For more information about courses and groups in Ashford call us on: 0300 012 0012