Life Skills Courses

Sometimes it can feel like you are missing the instruction manual for life. Our Life Skills courses aim to help develop essential skills that can help those suffering from mental health issues or social isolation.

There are many differnent course available, most are also available on a one to one basis. Please call for more details.

Anger Management

Anger is a basic emotion which everyone feels at some time, but the way people deal with anger can be a problem.

It’s okay to feel angry, but you can learn ways of expressing anger in a healthy, positive way rather than an unhealthy, unacceptable and negative way.

Anger isn't always a 'bad' emotion; it can often even be useful. Feeling angry about something can help us recognise problems or things that are hurting us. Anger can be a sign that we need to make a change and it can also help us defend ourselves in dangerous situations.

However, anger can be a problem if it is hurting you or those around you. It can
cause you to form destructive patterns and can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health.

This course will help you to learn skills, strategies and ways of dealing with your anger.

Confidence Building

Confidence is often talked about, but how do we link it ourselves? How does it affect our thoughts, the way we feel and the way we behave?

Confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it. Sadly, this can be a vicious circle: people who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to become successful.

Our confidence and the belief we have in ourselves can show in many ways including in our behaviour, our mood and the way we carry ourselves. Lack of confidence can impact on relationships, career, lifestyle and this can all have a negative effect on your mental health.

This course aims to help you learn more about confidence and to help you understand and acknowledge your own confidence. From that starting point you can then learn ways to improve your confidence, increase it and become more confident.

Resilience Skills

Resilience is the ability to recover and bounce back from difficult situations, feeling stronger and more able to cope than ever before.

Resilient people demonstrate great flexibility, high energy and mental agility. They have strong relationships and support networks that help them to deal with their problems.

The beauty of resilience is that whilst it's partly about your personality and your genetic make-up, there are also learnable skills that our resilience training will help you to boost.

Our resilience course will provide you with the skills and tools to deal with life's challenges e.g. losing your job, moving home, breakdown of a relationship.

Instead of experiencing an overwhelming downward spiral when problems arise in life, this training aims to give you the ability to lift yourself up by focussing on five key areas; Self-Awareness, Purpose, Mindfulness, Relationships and Self-care.

Conflict Resolution

When we find ourselves in conflict with others we often don’t know what to do, what to say or how to behave. These conflicts may be with partners, children, family, neighbours, friends or complete strangers. What we do or say can sometimes make the conflict worse!

Conflict is a normal part of life. After all, two people can’t be expected to agree on everything, all the time. Learning how to deal with conflict, rather than avoiding it, is very important.

Conflict is caused by differences, both large and small. Sometimes these differences can appear trivial,  but learning how to deal with conflict in a positive way is a very important life skill.

We can learn how to communicate effectively and listen fully to the other person. We can then learn and use skills and techniques to manage and resolve the conflict in an effective manner.

By learning good conflict resolution skills, you can keep your personal and professional relationships strong and growing.

Assertiveness Training

Many people have a real problem having to tell other people they can't do something, or standing up for themselves.

Have you found that there is so much anxiety about the consequences of saying no, or standing up for yourself that you just don't do it? Either you say nothing at all, or agree to things you really don't want to?

Often this means you are storing up your resentment when you are 'volunteered' for something you don’t want to do or you feel you’re being taken advantage of, and that is not good for anyone.

Being assertive means being able to defend your own or others interests and saying no when you really want to, in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive, or passively accepting things.

Assertive individuals are able to get their point across without upsetting others or becoming upset themselves. Assertiveness is an essential life skill.

Emotional Well-being

Emotional wellbeing is not the absence of emotions, but it is your ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions.

Emotional wellbeing is a positive sense of wellbeing which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life; people in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.

Everyday emotional well-being also involves identifying, building upon and operating from your strengths rather than focusing on fixing problems or weaknesses. The better you are able to master your emotions, the greater your capacity to enjoy life, cope with stress and focus on important personal priorities. 

Emotions are one aspect of a person’s health that often get neglected. But if your emotional health is suffering, your physical health may too.

The THRIVE Approach to Mental Wellbeing

Each of the six stages of the THRIVE approach deal with particular milestones or achievements that build upon each other to further the journey of recovery.

The stages are not necessarily sequential, but all of the stages are equally important stepping stones, ultimately leading to a place of mental balance where you are able to THRIVE, grow as a person and enjoy your  life in a healthy way.

The THRIVE Milestones:

Time: Identifying, exploring and understanding the experiences in safe and timely ways.

Healing: Recognising loss and understanding the grieving process.

Resilience: Identifying and taking control of emotions, correcting negative or unhelpful thinking patterns. Developing skills and recognising your strengths.

Interdependence: Reaching out to people and expanding the circles of support.

Vivacity: Embracing life with enthusiasm, finding joy in simple things.

Emancipation: Separating identity from diagnosis. Living in the world with joy. Having a voice, connection and purpose.

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