People living with depression
Is the HOPE course for you or the people you support?
The HOPE for people with depression is an interactive, group-based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University.
Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. The HOPE course provides a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with depression can bring.
The course deals with:
Goal setting and action planning
Looking for solutions to problems
Challenging unhelpful beliefs
Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)
Identifying your strengths
Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
Prioritising the important things in life
All of these techniques have been shown through research to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of people living with and affected by depression.
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Benefits to organisations and commissioners
When patients attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which results in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals, visit A&E less frequently and use less medication. This results in more efficient and effective use of healthcare resources.
The Hope course for people living with depression is run by Hope For The Community.