About Our Live Online Classes
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
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
How does it all work?
- 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.
- We monitor your progress – we want to make sure that everybody is benefiting from the classes, and so each week you will be required to answer a set of mood measure questionnaires prior to the session. You will be sent a reminder by text 48 hours before the session to log in and complete these online, and once complete you receive your weekly session link and workbook. For more information on these measures please see below.
- 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.
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#/
The Coping with COVID-19 Classes
It is a very uncertain and challenging time, and COVID-19 is impacting all of our lives. Across the world the way we live our lives is changing and we are having to adapt, so it’s understandable that we might not be feeling ourselves right now. You are certainly not alone for feeling the impact on your mental wellbeing, and our Coping with COVID-19 online classes have been specifically developed by our qualified psychological wellbeing practitioners to give us all the skills to manage this.
Week One: The Impact of COVID & Calming the Body
In the first session you will be introduced to the team of practitioners running your course & what we do as a service. You will then learn about cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and how it can be used to help us through the difficulties we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will start to think about the ways in which we have been impacted, and what this means for our mental wellbeing. We will also start to think about how we feel physically during this time and ways that we can help to improve this.
Week Two: Adapting & Re-Introducing Activity
In this session we will be reviewing how COVID-19 has impacted our daily routines and activities. We will think about ways to re-engage and adapt the activities that we have lost due to the pandemic, and you will learn more about the importance of keeping a balance of activities to improve well-being. In this session we will also look at what to do when anxiety gets in the way of us re-engaging with our daily lives as lockdown and restrictions start to lift.
Week Three: Managing Worry & Negative Thoughts
In our third week we will be looking at worry. Worrying is normal, and we will all likely be worrying more at the moment - so we will look at the benefits of worry, when it is useful, and when it is a problem and the impact this can have. You will also learn some useful techniques to manage worry. The way we think generally impacts on how we feel, and so we will look at this I more detail and common ways of thinking that people tend to fall into which might be unhelpful. Specific techniques will be taught to manage negative thoughts.
Week Four: Problem Solving & Improving Sleep
In the last session we cover a useful technique called problem solving, and when this is helpful. We will also look at the impact that the changes in the world is having on our sleep, and ways that we can get back to sleeping better or improving our sleep altogether. Finally we will look at further support hat is available to those who might need or want it.
Coping with COVID-19 Online Group Classes - 2nd-23rd September
Event starts: 2nd Sep 2020 17:00pm
Event ends: 23rd Sep 2020 19:00pm
Classes will run every Wednesday evening from 5pm - 7pm, starting on the 2nd September for four weeks. If after reading all of the information above you feel that you would like to attend, please book a place using the booking link. We look forward to supporting you soon!