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Any of us can experience low mood or depression at any stage in our lives. It can interfere with everyday life and our ability to do the things we want to do.
It is important to recognise that everyone experiences mental health problems in a unique way and therefore support, help and treatment also varies from person to person. What works for one person may not for another. It is useful to think about what you feel might help you.
Our Structured Online Support Group on Depression is designed to help you explore shared examples of such emotional difficulties and utilizes a cognitive model of depression providing Mood Skills psycho-educational modules and assignments to explore the importance of mental well-being, sleep, diet, goal-setting and safety, with the ultimate aim of improving your low mood.
The fee for this programme is €30/£25 per session. Mood Skills comprises weekly group sessions over a 10 week period.
'The Mood Skills programme came at a time when I didn't know where to turn. I was having issues in my personal life and my work life and I was finding it very difficult to see the wood for the trees. The course gave me a sense of hope that things could change and now .... my outlook is very different. The e-learning resources are invaluable and I find that they have helped to keep me focused on my mood and how to manage my thinking and behaviour. I honestly don't know where I would be without this course.'
'I have found it hard to get a handle on my mood for a long time now but support from and being able to support people with similar experiences and guided modules has helped me to feel more in control of my emotions.'
What Are Structured Online Support Groups?
Structured Online Support Groups are closed groups with a maximum of 10 participants attending.
S-OSGs will include:
- A weekly Structured Support Group on Depression.
- Every week involves completion of 'Mood Skills' e-learning modules and progression from the last week to the next.
- Informational resources and between-session 'homework assignments' will be utilised so that participants can continue the work of S-OSGs across the week – the importance of such homework is suggested in approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- A questionnaire about symptoms of depression will be completed by participants before, during, and after Mood Skills Programme completion.
- Participants will be asked to complete a Goal Sheet outlining specific goals they wish to achieve at the end of the Programme.
- S-OSGs Programmes will be 10 weeks in duration.