Feeling overwhelmed by the New Year blues?Then why not sign up for a new joint project led by NHS Greater Glasgow and Depression Alliance Scotland.
Funding from the Scottish Executive Health Department (SEHD) and the Centre for Change and Innovation (CCI) has allowed a new life skills course to be delivered at several Further Education Colleges and also a free online Website has been developed at www.livinglifetothefull.com.
This builds upon the Living Life To The Full Life Skills Course which has been successful piloted at Anniesland FE college in Glasgow.
Dr Chris Williams, a Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow, is the project lead.
He said: "Many people at this time of year reflect on their lives and want to make some changes.
"We have found that the course can help those who attend by encouraging them to stop, think and reflect on their busy lives.
"It helps people choose key life areas to change and uses a proven approach called cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to helps them make these changes."
The Living Life To The Full course teaches key life skills that can be used to help people tackle problems that are commonly encountered in life.
-learning how to deal with practical problems
-rebalancing relationships by becoming more assertive
-learning how to overcome problems of reduced activity
-how to improve sleep quality
-how to begin to notice and then change extreme and unhelpful negative thoughts
-learn and practice Anxiety Control Training (ACT).
The course has proved particularly useful for those who wish to find out more about common emotional difficulties such as anxiety and low mood and how to respond to help change things for the better.
The content of both the course and the Living Life To The Full website is based on the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach which has been shown to be an effective way of teaching such life skills.
The aim is to teach useful information and skills about anxiety and low mood in a non-stigmatising and easily accessed setting i.e. local FE colleges or within the comfort of peoples' own home or local library.
Despite no formal publicity or advertisement the website has become very popular with on average over 5000 hits per day.
Following the success of the course at Anniesland College other local FE colleges have welcomed the course and from Jan 06 the course will also be delivered in Glasgow Nautical and Glasgow North Colleges.
For further informationplease contact individual colleges or alternatively contact
Anna Wood, Project Administrator on 0141 211 3889,
email [email protected]
Ruth Lang, Information Officer, Depression Alliance Scotland [email protected]