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The Positive Minds Course

Low mood is a common experience among students and it is easy to end up in a downward spiral when it persists. The Positive Minds course, developed through research and practice, is designed to help students at the University of Bath develop new skills and strategies to manage low mood and depression.

This is the third year that this course has been available at the University of Bath and it has had lots of success in this time. In 2016 and 2017 Student Minds Bath won the Most Effective Peer Support Group award (2016, 2017). A great achievement that we hope to repeat this year!

What does the course involve?

The Positive Minds course consists of 4 weekly sessions, where we informally work through a structured workbook in a supportive group environment. Every week we will cover a different topic related to coping with low mood, with a focus on supporting you to make small, positive, practical changes in your daily life so that you have a clear foundation for continuing to build a ‘positive minds’ campaign to tackle low mood.

Below is an outline of the topics covered in each group session:

  • Week 1: Introductions, Social Contact and IMPs
  • Week 2: Active Stress Management
  • Week 3: Mornings and sleep, plus food and mood
  • Week 4: Activity, Exercise and Relaxation

Who runs the course?

Each session will be informally run by two student volunteers, called ‘group facilitators’. The sessions are mainly group-led, meaning that the facilitators mostly take a back-seat role. The facilitators are there to make sure that there is time to cover the workbook content and to ensure that conversations remain supportive, non-judgmental and pro-recovery.

All group facilitators have received training for their role, however, it is important to stress that they are not trained counsellors and are not there to provide advice. What they hope to provide instead is support, understanding, and empathy.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for you if you are currently a University of Bath student, are over 18 years old, and are experiencing low mood, or have past experience of mild depression and would like to take steps to prevent future episodes. This course is not specifically designed to support students with other mental health difficulties and students with experience of eating disorders may find some of the content difficult.

Please answer the questions below to see if this course is right for you:

Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems? Not at all Several days More than half the days Nearly every day
Little interest or pleasure in doing things        
Feeling down, depressed or hopeless        
Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much        
Feeling tired or having little energy        
Poor appetite or overeating        
Feeling bad about yourself, or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down        
Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television        
Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed; or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual        

This course is not a suitable place of support for you if…

You are experiencing more severe depression, or select ‘more than half the days’ or ‘nearly every day’ for more than 4 of the questions in the table above.

The course is also not appropriate if you are currently – or have recently – been feeling suicidal.

If either of these points apply to you, we would strongly encourage you to get in touch with your GP or the Counselling and Mental Health Team in Student Services (4 West) for further support. You don’t need to suffer alone!

THIS COURSE IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT. Depression can be very serious and it is always advisable to seek professional support.

I don’t want others to know I attend these sessions…

Don’t worry! All of our group facilitators have agreed to a strict confidentiality policy. This means that we will not discuss attendees outside of the sessions and we will not reveal any details of what is discussed to anyone without your consent (including staff members). The sign in sheet will be destroyed at the end of each session. We are committed to making this group a safe, comfortable space for anyone who wishes to attend.

How can I get involved?

If you have any questions or would like to be placed on the waiting list for the course, please do get in touch by email: positivebath@studentminds.org.uk We’re happy to help!

The Positive Minds course will be running for four consecutive weeks on Thursdays at 19:15-20:30. The first session is on Thursday 17th October in CB 3.15. 

We run Meet and Greet ‘drop-ins’ where you can learn more about the course and meet the facilitators before you sign up. Just drop in at any time below for as long as you like.

Meet and Greets for this course will run on:

  • Monday 4th October at 12:15-13:05 in CB3.10
  • Monday 7th October at 19:15-20:05 in CB3.11

About Us

An easy way to stay up to date with what we are doing is to like our Facebook page.

You can also subscribe to our email list on the Student Minds SU Bath page to receive regular updates and further information about volunteering opportunities and course details.

Group Facilitators for 2019/20:

Jess Carson, Julie Aykol, Katie Bilsborough, Amy Watts, Megan Clarke, Samir Elidrissi, Vanessa Kudrnova, Charlotte Lancaster, Mila Lytherao & Louise Morgan