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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.

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 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 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.

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.

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

Current topics include:

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.

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

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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
  • 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.