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Course Structure

Course Structure

 
 

Hope in Depression courses are delivered by our network of partners, all of whom are trained, and all of whom offer a safe and confidential environment. Running over six weeks, each two-hour session explores how you can play a part in your own recovery – whether that is through medication, nutrition or simply education about your brain chemistry when depressed.

Sometimes, understanding that depression is a physical illness can be the start of your journey to recovery.

To ensure everything that is discussed is done so with the most up-to-date research and guidance, we have expert speakers for each week to guide discussions.

As a response to COVID-19 our courses are now running online. Each session is held on Zoom, so anyone from anywhere can join any course. The Course leader will send you tips on how to use zoom in case you are not familiar with it. The session will start with information about how the session is going to run.

Part 1 of the session will start with a speaker film, followed by a group question discussed first in smaller breakout rooms and then as a whole group. 

There will be a short break at the halfway point, returning for part 2 of the session, starting with a film and followed by another group discussion question. There is no pressure to speak, but it helps your experience if you do.

Each session finishes with information about the following week's topic.

The weekly topics are listed below, for anyone who would like to know a little more about what the course involves before attending.

All delegates and volunteers are bound by the confidentiality agreement they agree to when signing up for a course.  This creates an environment that is safe and completely confidentiality.

Hope in Depression courses are delivered by our network of partners, all of whom are trained, and all of whom offer a safe and confidential environment. Running over six weeks, each two-hour session explores how you can play a part in your own recovery – whether that is through medication, nutrition or simply education about your brain chemistry when depressed.

Sometimes, understanding that depression is a physical illness can be the start of your journey to recovery.

To ensure everything that is discussed is done so with the most up-to-date research and guidance, we have expert speakers for each week to guide discussions.

As a response to COVID-19 our courses are now running online. Each session is held on Zoom, so anyone from anywhere can join any course. The Course leader will send you tips on how to use zoom in case you are not familiar with it. The session will start with information about how the session is going to run.

Part 1 of the session will start with a speaker film, followed by a group question discussed first in smaller breakout rooms and then as a whole group. 

There will be a short break at the halfway point, returning for part 2 of the session, starting with a film and followed by another group discussion question. There is no pressure to speak, but it helps your experience if you do.

Each session finishes with information about the following week's topic.

The weekly topics are listed below, for anyone who would like to know a little more about what the course involves before attending.

All delegates and volunteers are bound by the confidentiality agreement they agree to when signing up for a course.  This creates an environment that is safe and completely confidentiality.

 

Week 1: You Are Not Alone

What is Depression?
What Causes Depression?

Week 2: Talking Therapies

Types of Talking Therapies
Other Activities & Methods

Week 3: Brain Chemistry
& Medication

Brain Chemistry and Neuroplasticity
Medicines & Treatments

Week 4: Nutrition

Food & Mood
Carbs, Fats & Protein
Amino Acids, Minerals & Vitamins

Week 5: Understanding Anxiety & Mindfulness Practice

What is Anxiety and What Will Help?
Introducing Mindfulness

Week 6: Fitness, Exercise and Moving On Exercise

Looking back on all that we have learned and planning


 

FAQ's

Although the course is for sufferers who may be experiencing an episode of depression or not, it is also for supporters or carers of someone who is experiencing depression.  Therefore, you do not need to be depressed to attend our course.

This is a course for both sufferers of depression & anxiety and their supporters (i.e family, close friends, partners) who are often affected by watching their loved one go through this illness. (You can still come along, even if your depressed/anxious loved one does not wish/isn't able to attend - the course aims to equip those closest with the tools to help.)

We want as many people as possible to be educated on mental health & wellbeing, just be aware that there will be a majority of vulnerable people attending for very personal reasons.

No, this course is for people of all faiths and none. You do not need to be a Christian to attend.

We do not evangelise. We are Good Samaritans, coming alongside those who need our course.

Depression & anxiety do not discriminate, everyone deserves hope for recovery, and we would never stop someone coming to the course because of their beliefs.

We encourage course attendees to attend for the full 6 weeks.

The course has been structured so that each week compliments the sessions that come before and the sessions that follow. (It's also important to note that you will be on a table at a live course or in a zoom breakout group on an online course, of other attendees who will find their group dynamic is affected if you decide to only come for part of the course.)

After week 2 new delegates will be unable to join.