Online Group Classes
Below you will find lots of useful information for our online classes.
Amy, our of our class facilitators, explains the step by step process of attending each session following signing up and received your confirmation and instructions from our team. We look forward to seeing you soon!
About Our Live Online Classes
How does it all work?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: to receive your invite and workbook to each class, you have to complete your questionnaires to register each week, at least 2 hours prior to the session starting. You will receive a text reminder 48 hours prior to the session starting to log into the questionnaire portal, and only on completing these will you be registered for your next session and be sent the invite and workbook. It is important that this is done a minimum of 2 hours prior to the session starting to be able to attend.
- Same time and place (online) – the sessions run online as a Microsoft Teams Live Event, at the same day and time consecutively each week. You don't need an account, you can simply join using the link we send you each week.
- Session Links & Workbooks – following you completing you will receive a link to each session and a workbook which covers what was taught and helps you to put the learning into practice
- The classes are completely confidential – you have no camera or mic on during the session, but we encourage you to speak with us through a live chat at the side of the screen (and in the chat you use whichever name you like – it can be your first name a nickname, an initial, or you can be anonymous)
- What if I don’t feel better? - You need to make a change to see a change! Therefore, we would encourage you to attend all sessions and put into practice the techniques taught. However, if at the end of the group classes we feel you may need a little further support, you will automatically be offered an appointment with one of our psychological wellbeing practitioners after a few weeks. We will assess whether we feel you need further support using you mood measure questionnaires, or you can also get in touch to let us know.
How do the classes help?
- They are based on guided self-help cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – an effective therapy for treating depression and anxiety symptoms. You will learn how your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms and how these interact and impact you emotional wellbeing. The classes are run by qualified psychological wellbeing practitioners
- These are psychoeducational classes, not group therapy – you will be watching, listening, and learning about your mental health and ways to improve it, and encouraged to make changes outside of the classes to improve how you feel
Are they suitable for me?
The answer is YES if …
- you are experiencing symptoms of a common mental health concern such as stress, anxiety, worry, sleep issues, depression, low mood, or lack of motivation
- you want to understand more about why you are feeling the way you are and learn way to overcome this
- you are feeling motivated to make changes to improve how you feel
- you have access to the internet
- you have not also made a referral to us, already engaging in an online group, you are not waiting for or engaging with one of our other therapies
More About the Questionnaires
These are nationally set questionnaires which we are required to gather as a mental health service. They look at very common symptoms of anxiety and low mood that we all experience form time to time. Please note that they do not indicate any mental illness. The questionnaires help us and yourself to monitor your progress throughout your treatment with us, and let us know if you benefit from the treatment and if you want require some more support.
How is your data used?
LMWS work together and observe the NHS Code of Practice on confidentiality. We work in the same way and use a single, secure, electronic patient records system which is approved nationally by NHS England. For attendees to our groups, we are required to create a treatment record in order for us to report to NHS England on how many people are accessing our service. The reports only include statistics, for example about the numbers of patients attending, or the degree of symptoms reported by attendees. No information that could reveal a patients identity is used in any of these reports and your record on our system is closed once the workshop is finished (unless you go on to, or are already receiving further treatment with us).
It is very common to have distressing thoughts when feeling overwhelmed. One of the questions therefore asks about “thoughts to harm yourself or end your life”, which is just as common as all of the other symptoms listed. We require you to answer this question, so please do not leave it blank. We assume that all attendees are able to keep themselves safe and will not follow up on this question. If you would like to talk to somebody, please get in touch.
Having these thoughts is different from making plans or having intentions to act on them, and if you feel you may be at risk you can find sources of support at: https://www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/i-need-help-now#/