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Overcoming Low Mood

Our Overcoming Low Mood course introduces you to some helpful techniques to improve how you feel. 

It’s also an opportunity to meet others who may be feeling similarly to you, although the session is not group therapy and you will not be asked to share your personal experiences with others.  

The course is free and runs for four weeks, with a 90 minute online session each week.  

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  • I want to learn techniques to manage my mood  
  • I am aged 18 or over  
  • I can attend all sessions   
  • 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 on Microsoft Teams by two of our experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. 

The Overcoming Low Mood course is one of our Improving Wellbeing Sessions which aims to improve your understanding of low mood and give you practical techniques to help make changes to feel better.  

Each session is 90 minutes long with a break half way through. 

You will be provided with a downloadable course handbook with some techniques for you to practice at home.  

Below you can see the different topics we will cover each week. 

When low mood stops you doing the things that you would normally do it can be really difficult. This session will explore ways to overcome this. 

At this session we will discuss techniques that can help you start doing more of the things that will help you feel better. We’ll also look at setting realistic goals for improving how you feel.  

Understanding how low mood affects our thinking is really important. We’ll look at helpful techniques to change this and learn how to solve problems more effectively when you feel low. 

Our final session will look at how making changes to your sleep, diet and activity can improve how you feel. We’ll round things off by looking at how to continue improving how you feel after the sessions have finished. 

Course dates

Our Overcoming Low Mood course runs regularly throughout the year on the following days:

Monday - 2pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday - 10.00am - 11.30am and 5.30pm - 7pm

Wednesday - 4.30pm - 6pm

Thursday - 5.30pm - 7pm

Friday - 1pm - 2.30pm

To book an initial assessment fill in our self referral form below.

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 ‘Overcoming 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.  

Feedback from attendees 

Hundreds of people attend our Overcoming Low Mood course every year. Here’s some of the feedback they have shared about the course: 

“The sessions were brilliant and made me realise I’m not on my own.” 

“I was anxious initially but my confidence grew and I enjoyed the sessions.” 

“I was spending more time on my own because I was feeling worried and down, these sessions helped me learn ways to get better and feel like me again.”

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 webform@myprogress.info 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 iapt.info@shsc.nhs.uk, 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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Page last reviewed: 28 July 2022