"STRESS BUSTERS I": A COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY COURSE TOWARDS SELF-CARE AND TO LIFT LOW MOODS
Depression and low mood are very common problems at all ages and stages. Around 1 in 10 of us can be depressed and/or anxious at any one time, with around 1 in four people having an episode of depression at some point in their lives. A low mood is not the same as depression. While a low mood can be passing, depression can become a generalised, chronic feeling, and people need not have had a "bad day" to feel down. Depression can put a strain on almost every aspect of every day, incl a person's ability to work, to build or maintain relationships, and to concentrate on work or other activities. Depression is the 3rd most common reason for a visit to the GP in the UK, and it can also be associated with physical health problems if left untreated.Everyone needs easily accessible information that will help them understand depression, and what they can do to take back control and improve how they are feeling. Our informal community course "Stress Busters I (also known as "Blues Busters") aims to do just that for those with mild-moderate levels of depression.
(Note: "Stress Busters II" offers insights and techniques to manage a low mood, while "Stress Busters I / Blues Busters" offers insights and techniques specifically to manage mild-moderate levels of depression. However, those who are in crisis, or who have moderate-high levels of depression, are likely to do better with individualised 1-1 CBT counselling; please talk to us in confidence for more information, or your GP. Also check out our "Resources" page for other community and emergency supports.)
AM I DEPRESSED?
Depression is complex and no two sufferers will experience the exact same symptoms, but there are some general symptoms that are common to this condition, incl a persistent low mood, lack of energy, a reduced interest in life and difficulties focusing or concentrating. Additional symptoms can include:
Through Stress Busters I we can help you with these problems, in part by taking things one step and one problem at a time. Above is a commonly used questionnaire measure to assess depression; those scoring above ten are giving scores that indicate at least mild levels of depression. We often use this measure throughout the Stress Busters I course to assess changes and improvements over time.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS STRSES BUSTERS I? CAN THIS REALLY HELP?
Blues Busters / Stress Busters I is a Level 1 course or initiative within the Mood Managers "I-Can-Manage-Mood" series (see also MoodManagers.com). This means that this workshop:
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
Stress Busters I is for men and women of any and all ages, backgrounds, faiths and cultures. Attendees may be those who have completed Stress Busters II, and simply want further information on how to self-care. Other attendees may have mild-moderate levels of depression, and just want to get insights and techniques that will help them understand why they are feel as they do, and what they can do to take back control and start feeling better.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS?
Stress Busters I is usually undertaken over one day, or weekly over 5-6 sessions. Day courses can happen anywhere in the UK, or on the island of Ireland - based on invitations from groups and organisations. Weekly sessions typically are in two parts (of around 90 mins in total):
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