Help with anxiety or depression from the comfort of home

People in Bradford dealing with anxiety or depression despite the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions can still get help from the comfort of their own homes as Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s MyWellbeing College has released new dates for their popular online group courses.

With face-to-face group meetings impossible during the pandemic, MyWellbeing College moved its support online and the redesigned courses proved such a hit, it was decided they should continue whilst uncertainties around the virus and its variants remain.

Psycho-Educational Courses Lead Jayne Chapman, said: “We know some people are still nervous about meeting up because they, or someone they live with, is vulnerable, but our group courses mean you can still get help with anxiety or low mood whilst staying safe at home.

“We’ve been told by people who took the courses during lockdown that they have helped deal with not just stress and worries around the virus, but also jobs, finances, loneliness or relationship pressures, so we would encourage anyone who is experiencing those issues to please get in touch – we are here to help.”

Managing MyAnxiety looks at what anxiety is and how it can affect people, before offering helpful solutions for managing challenging thoughts, dealing with panic and sleeping better. The course is offered on Wednesdays at 6pm from 11 August, or 10am from 22 September; or on Tuesdays at 1.30pm or 5.30pm from 7 September or 19 October.

Managing MyDepression offers a range of techniques to help manage low mood, exploring why we feel depressed and offering relaxation techniques as well as useful ways to tackle problems. The next course is on Mondays at 1.30pm from 6 September or 18 October, or on Tuesdays at 5.30pm from 19 October.

Both courses are offered online via live webinar, once a week for six weeks, in sessions lasting about an hour. You don’t need any special software or equipment, just a smartphone, tablet or computer connected to the internet.

MyWellbeing College also offers one-to-one guided self-help comprising fortnightly sessions with a therapist and working through a comprehensive self-help workbook. The sessions are available for a range of common mental health issues including health anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder and specific phobia.

Both the courses and one-to-one guided self-help are free of charge, run by experienced NHS psychotherapists and open to everyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven and is not currently undertaking other psychological therapies. Find out more and enrol online at the MyWellbeing College website or call 0300 555 5551 (press option 3).

Jayne Chapman said: “We want to reassure people it’s okay and perfectly normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless and that help is available from the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is visit our website or pick up the phone to enroll on a course or get one-to-one support.”

Previous participants have explained how working with MyWellbeing College has benefitted them and made them realise “we all feel the same at one time or another”. Comments have included:

“I don’t feel as alone.”

“Even though I was initially sceptical about being in a group, it felt like we were ‘all in it together’.”

“This was my first experience of mental health support and it has made such a difference to my day to day life in how I approach stressful situations.”

“I’ve learnt that my thoughts and feelings affect what I do, and I now have practical ways in which to break the cycle.”

“I feel much more in control of my thoughts and actions. Things really made sense.”