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This course is designed to help those who're not used to online learning platforms to get an idea about how to do basic things on the site as well as how to do the activities in the courses here.

We developed this questionnaire in order to understand more about the process of recovery; what’s helpful and what’s not so helpful.

Everyone is different and there will be differences for everyone. The items on this questionnaire were developed through a process of interviewing service users about their recovery journeys.  We hope that by filing in this questionnaire you will find out information that is important to you and your own recovery. Not all factors will be important to you, since everyone is different. This questionnaire is optional but may be helpful in tracking your own progress over time, we recommend filling it in every 3 months.


Effective communication is vital in the process of recovery and essential for our overall well-being. 

This course explores what communication is and the different common communication styles - passive, aggressive and assertive. It also covers resilience and ways to build confidence and self-esteem. 

This course explores the various complementary and alternative therapy treatments available today, including Aromatherapy, Traditional Chinese medicine, Light therapy and Yoga.

The course includes the history of each therapy, how they work and how to access them.


This course explores the topic of health anxiety. It considers how health anxiety might present itself and looks at self-help techniques for managing health anxiety and where to get further help.

This course was created in conjunction with Chloe Hole, trainee psychologist (Tees Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health Foundation Trust).

This course explores what stress is, the physical and psychological impact of the stress response, the stress vulnerability bucket model, basic coping theory, everyday ways of coping, how genetics and the environment influence our vulnerability to stress and what can help when dealing with stress.

This course explores what diagnoses are, the classification systems used by professionals, the prevalence of several diagnoses and how experiences occur on a spectrum. Additionally, this course looks at the impact of receiving a diagnosis, the stigma surrounding diagnoses and some of the controversies of some diagnoses. Lastly, this course considers a few possibilities for alternatives to the current diagnostic systems.

This course was created in collaboration with Dr Lynne Patience (Neuropsychology Service – Durham & Darlington Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust).


This course is for anyone who wants to know how to deal with other people effectively and get the most out of their relationships.

It explores the benefits of dealing with others effectively and considers some of the difficulties people experience when dealing with others.

The course looks at:

  • The boundaries we have and the impact of diversity
  • Empathy, listening skills and validation
  • Conflict and how to be more assertive
  • Professionals and shared decision making

This trauma and recovery course aims to provide education about the impact of trauma for anyone with personal experience or an interest in this area. This course is not intended to replace trauma informed care, trauma therapy or trauma informed peer support, but it can be used to support these approaches.


The intention of this course is to make information about trauma available in an online learning format so that everyone can benefit from a greater understanding of the impact of trauma, with the hope that this understanding will form part of their recovery, or help with someone else’s. It will also be recognised as CPD for staff.

The Spirituality and Recovery course will give you the opportunity to learn about spirituality and the role it can play in mental health recovery. This course does not promote any particular belief system or religion. Rather, it will give you the chance to explore what spirituality means to you and how you can develop your own sense of spirituality.


There are five topics in this course, these are:

  • Introduction to Spirituality and Recovery
  • Spiritual Explorations
  • The Spirituality Flower
  • Unusual Experiences
  • Spiritual Practices and Resources

This course can help you learn more about ways to improve your mental wellbeing. You will be able to learn about the five ways to wellbeing (researched by the New Economics Foundation). You will be able to read examples about each of the five areas and will be able to find out about tasks that you can try. The course also has examples from people who have used these five ways to help keep themselves well. You will learn about how to manage things that get in the way of improving your wellbeing. The course has a positive focus and is a good space for you to think about what you are already doing to keep yourself well. It is a good course for anyone to try, whatever difficulties you may experience.


This course is now available to all students through self-enrolment. Please be aware that if you choose to participate in this course at the present time your data will be used for evaluation. For more information see the 'How Your Information Will Be Used' page on the course navigator.

A course that introduces:


  • Personal Recovery
  • The CHIME Factors (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment)
  • Spirituality & Recovery
  • Positive Psychology

This course is available for guest users to get a taste of the courses we have on offer for enrolled students.

This course provides an overview of the 5 factors, known as CHIME, that both service users and professionals have created together to improve personal wellbeing.

This course looks at lifestyle in relation to recovery using a holistic model.


Current topics include:

  • Introduction to Lifestyle & Recovery
  • Sleep & Relaxation
  • Nutrition & Wellbeing
  • Exercise & Recovery
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Mindfulness of Daily Life
  • The Role of Goal Setting