Low mood is common among university students. Very common.
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 course has been developed using material from www.studentsagainstdepression.org which provides award-winning information and self-help resources for depression. You may want to refer to the site during and after 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.
Please note that individuals will be asked to sign in with their GP contact details at the beginning of each session. These details will not be stored and you will be free to take the information away with you at the end of the session. To find out more about our confidentiality policy, please see here.
We'll be sharing ideas and skills for building your support network.
How do you manage stress? We'll be building an active stress management plan.
Good Morning! We'll be looking at how to ensure you "get out of bed on the right side" and think about healthy morning routines to get you started for a Good Day!
How do ewe sleep? Are you often counting sheep? This week we'll be talking about what it takes to get a good nights sleep.
This week we'll be looking at exercise and activity, sharing ideas on how to use activity to maintain a positive mood.
Does your social life have a positive effect on your mental health? We'll discussing how to balance being sociable with taking care of your mental health.
POSITIVE MINDS ON YOUR CAMPUS
Positive Minds courses run on the campuses below. To get in touch and find out how to attend, click on your campus to see contact details:
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
The course has been designed for university students with mild depression or individuals who have experienced depression before and would like to take steps now to prevent future episodes of depression. The course is not suitable for individuals with more severe depression and is not an appropriate place for support if you are or have recently been feeling suicidal.
Is the course right for you? We suggest that you answer the following questions, which are taken from the Brief Patient Health Questionnaire - a questionnaire used to identify depression.
If you select "more than half the days" or "nearly every day" for more than 4 of the questions, this course may not be suitable for you and you may benefit from more specialist support.
We would strongly encourage you to book an appointment with your university counsellor or your local GP. For further suggestions on where you might access support, please visit our Further Support Section.
If at any point over the last few weeks you have had thoughts that you would be better off dead or if you have thought of hurting yourself in any way, please take action to keep yourself safe now. The Positive Minds course will not be the right place to offer you support right now, but there are plenty of other options. Suicide is not the way out! Visit Students Against Depression for advice and suggestions on what to do now.