Living with a long-term condition can be challenging at times. It’s not uncommon to feel low, down or feel like you don’t enjoy activities as much.
Feeling like this can change how you think and feel about yourself and make it harder for you to manage your long-term condition in the way you want to.
Our Living Well with a Long-Term Condition – low mood course is specially designed to help you learn how to manage and improve your low mood.
The course is free and runs for five weeks, with a 90 minute online session each week.
We also provide a Living Well with a Long-Term Condition course for if you are struggling with anxiety.
- I want to learn techniques to manage low mood and live well with a LTC
- I am aged 18 or over
- I can attend all sessions online
- I am willing to practice some of the techniques at home between sessions
- I am happy to be involved in a group format
A bit more about the course
The course is run online on Microsoft Teams by an experienced member of our team.
We will introduce you to a range of tools and techniques that you can use to help you cope with the challenges of managing your condition and improving your wellbeing.
This will include things like learning strategies to manage your activity and any negative thoughts or worries you have. We will also look at the impact low mood can have on your relationships.
The course is a good opportunity to meet other people living with a long-term condition who may be experiencing similar things that you are.
Each session is 90 minutes long with a break half way through.
You will be provided with a downloadable course handbook with some exercises for you to practice at home.
Below you can see the different topics we will cover each week.
Introduction to the course. Understanding how low mood can affect the management of a long-term condition and thinking about how you can make your life bigger.
Making sense of emotions and introducing valued activities.
Identifying unhelpful activity patterns and making changes to this using pacing, planning and prioritising.
Understanding how unhelpful thinking styles can impact on mood and tips for a better night’s sleep.
Tips on self-management, communication with others and lifestyle changes to improve your mood beyond these sessions.
This course runs throughout the year, with courses starting on the dates below.
|16 May 2023 - 13 June 2023||13:00 PM - 14:30 PM||
Online - Microsoft Teams
|08 August 2023 - 05 September 2023||13:00 PM - 14:30 PM||
Online - Microsoft Teams
|31 October 2023 - 28 November 2023||13:00 PM - 14:30 PM||
Online - Microsoft Teams
How do I book a place?
If you would like to book a place on this course all you need to do is fill in our online referral form.
Select the ‘Living Well with a Long-Term Condition – Low mood’ course as your preferred treatment option.
You can also call us on 0114 226 4380 and speak to one of our team.
Once you have completed your referral you will be invited for a short assessment call with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
Frequently asked questions
We know that coming to a course like this for the first time can be quite daunting and you’ll have lots of questions about what to expect.
Below is a list of some of the most common questions we are asked and some answers to help put your mind at ease.
If you have filled in a self-referral form or booked over the phone you will be offered an assessment call with one of the course facilitators.
You will receive a link via a text message to choose a day and time that works best for you for your assessment.
During the call you will be asked some questions to help us make sure that the course is the right one for you. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you have.
Please note you will receive this call from a withheld number.
Two days before each course session you will receive a text or an email (depending on your preference) with a set of questionnaires. The text will be sent from ‘SHEFF IAPT’, and the email will be sent from email@example.com please add this to your contacts so the email doesn’t get lost in your spam.
These questionnaires will ask you about depression and anxiety, and what symptoms you have noticed over the last two weeks. It is really helpful to complete them each week, as they allow both you and us to keep a track of any improvements in your mood.
In the week before your course is due to start you will receive an email from our administration team. The email will provide you with a link to the meeting, instructions on how to join it and a downloadable copy of your workbook.
This email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org, please add this to your contacts so the email doesn’t get lost in your spam.
We hope you will find the course helpful, but sometimes it can take time to put the techniques into practice and notice improvements in your mood. We would encourage you to keep using the techniques in your workbook and give yourself a chance to practice them after the course.
We will contact you if you are still struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety to see if our service can offer any further treatment or recommend any other services to help support to you.
If you did not attend the whole course we may also contact you to check in.
Your telephone review will be booked with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and will give you a chance to discuss the course, give you an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss further options for treatment.
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