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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.


This course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic. There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accesible information.

This course has been written for young people aged 13-18 as a way of learning about the global pandemic.

You will learn helpful information about what the new virus is, how to stay healthy and do your best not to pass it on, how you might feel about it, things to do at home and how to help yourself and others.

This course has been written for children aged 7-12 as a way of learning about the global pandemic.

You will learn helpful information about what the new virus is, how to stay healthy and do your best not to pass it on, how you might feel about it, things to do at home and how to help yourself.

The coronavirus pandemic means that more of us are working remotely at home, socialising, shopping and educating our children online, which makes it more important than ever that we do everything we can to stay safe online. This course has been created to give you information about how to make the most of your time online including looking after your wellbeing and supporting children and young people online.

A course that introduces:


  • Personal Recovery
  • The CHIME Factors (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment)
  • Spirituality & Recovery
  • Positive Psychology
  • The 5 ways to Wellbeing

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 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 6 topic course, informed by evidence and research, exploring the topic of positive psychology. This includes personal strengths, positive experiences and relationships and the theory of wellbeing. Learners will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, and practise using the skills and tools that positive psychology has to offer. It will involve a mixture of knowledge, practical exercises and will promote individual reflection.

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 explains the different aspects of the biopsychosocial model and how this can be used by mental health professionals.

This course considers how a mental health crisis may present itself and what you can do to help yourself cope with a crisis and looks at ways you can prepare yourself and develop resilience in the longer term, as well as how to respond and support someone who is experiencing a crisis right now.

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


Current topics include:

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 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 role art and museums can have on mental wellbeing and recovery. There is emerging evidence that suggests that accessing art and museums can have positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people, and that they play a role in helping people to stay well and recover faster, including mental health. The course considers how to get the most out of art and museums to support your wellbeing.

Singing for wellbeing explores how singing works, why it is beneficial to our wellbeing, and how you can get involved with singing too. 

Running for Recovery explores the health and wellbeing benefits of running.

There are three topics in the series, however, you do not need to complete them all, just the topic  you are interested in. Of course, you can complete all the topics if you wish to. They are:  

  • Part 1 - Preventing cancer, early signs and symptoms
  • Part 2 - Diagnoses and receiving cancer treatment
  • Part 3 - Living with and beyond cancer

The information contained in this course is relevant for people living with mental health difficulties or those that have experienced them in the past; those looking after someone living with a mental health condition and cancer such as a family member or health professionals.

This course considers different types of loss and how it might make you feel. It explores the processes of dealing with loss and how you can help yourself or someone else. It also considers different cultural and religious perspectives on loss.

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

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 offers an introduction to the Positive Behavioural Support model which is being used increasingly in mental health services.

Positive Behavioural Support can be used when someone's behaviour is challenging the people around them and affecting their quality of life.

This course explores how Positive Behavioural Support works, and considers how it might help you or someone you know or work with.

This course was developed by Stephen Davison, Lead Nurse, Positive and Safe team.

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 explores what OCD is, what it isn't, what it's like to live with, how to manage living with it and how therapy and medication may play a role in this.

This course explores social anxiety, looking at its causes, how it feels to experience it and how to manage it.

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 looks at how anxiety is a normal human response to everyday stresses and explains when anxiety can become a mental health issue. It explains what panic disorder is, what defines a panic attack, dealing with and preventing panic attacks and ways to cope with anxiety disorders including positive coping strategies, relaxation techniques, complementary therapies, psychological therapies and medication used to treat the symptoms of anxiety and panic.

This course provides an overview of delirium and explains why we need to know about it to help raise awareness. It is aimed at those living with mental health issues and those who live with or look after them, members of the public and staff.

This course looks at a brief history of medications used in mental health, a basic overview of the way neurotransmitters and synapses are involved in their efficacy, the various factors that influence whether or not medications are useful for a person's recovery, some potential adverse effects and contraindications, the alternatives to medications and why and how people may reduce or stop taking them.

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.

This course offers an introduction to the neuroscience that is beginning to explain how trauma can have an impact on memory and cognition. This course is for anyone who wants to find out more about how trauma can have an impact on memory and cognition, either for personal interest or for staff working with people who have experienced trauma. In addition to exploring the science of trauma this course also offers practical information and self-help suggestions. 

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

This course is divided into the following sections:


Dealing with the Personal Impact of a Major Incident

This section is aimed at anyone who has been affected by a major incident or knows someone who has, either personally or professionally. It considers the personal impact of a major incident and explores what can help.


Adults Supporting Children after a Major Incident

This section is aimed at adults supporting children in either a personal or professional capacity. For example, this could be family, carers, school or health service staff. It considers how a major incident can affect children and what you can do to support them. It also explores understanding why it is sometimes necessary to seek more help and when to do so.


Children Dealing with the Impact of a Major Incident 

This section has age appropriate information which a child could read through by themselves or ideally with an adult. The section uses a story format to explore some of the issues that children exposed to a major incident experience. This is in addition to the main content that provides more factual information and includes some activities aimed at helping children express their thoughts and feelings.


Young People Dealing with the Impact of a Major Incident 

This section has information specific to this age group about the personal impact of a major incident, what can help, and why it may be necessary to seek more help sometimes.


Pre-incident Preparedness

This section is aimed at professionals and organisations, identifying key aspects about how to plan and prepare prior to a major incident. It also aims to promote the resilience of survivors and responders directly or indirectly exposed to such incidents.


Community / Service level responses to trauma

This section provides a model identifying the priority tasks that need to be addressed following a major incident and also considers the impact and effectiveness for staff and survivors of various management styles.


Interviews with people who have experienced a major incident

This section has a collection of personal accounts with people who have experienced a major incident. Reading other people’s reflections while sometimes difficult, can deepen an individuals understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and behaviours and in this way may aid recovery.

This course explores what the Mental Health Act (1983) is and how it is used in relation to a persons journey from assessment and treatment through to discharge and aftercare. It also follows the story of Iris, a young woman who has experienced a mental health crisis that led to admission to hospital under the Act.

This course is aimed at parents and carers of young people and explores what is meant by mental health, how to recognise when somebody is struggling, how to provide support, how to look after yourself and also provides information on where to get extra support.

This online course is aimed at adults working with young people in primary and secondary schools in the UK, including serving and trainee teachers, support staff and volunteers. This course gives you information on how to support a young person in school and where to go for further information.

This course is aimed at adults who have contact with children and young people. Professionals can have a huge impact on the health and development of children and young people. This course explores ways that you can support a child and gives you information on what to do if a child is having emotional difficulties.

This course looks at why to create an account, what the benefits can be, what information we need and why as well as information for those who are interested but are under 13 years old.

This course is for children and young people of any age. It looks at the acronym CHIME which stands for Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment. It explains what they are and how they are useful aspects of life with some practical ideas for strengthening them.

This course is for children who are 12 years old or less. It looks at what we mean when we talk about being healthy, how to help keep our feelings healthy as well as knowing our emotions (particularly big emotions) and how to manage them.

This module is for young people aged 13-18. It will help you to understand what mental health means, the signs of mental health problems, common mental health issues and wellbeing and resilience.