Why Life Skills?

Distress, low mood and worry are the major mental health problems of the 21st Century and affect more than one in three of us at some time. Treatments are mainly either with antidepressant medication or are psychological (the so-called talking therapies).

Psychological treatments are popular and  approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) have been shown to be effective however access to specialist  therapy services is often  limited. There is a need to develop new ways of accessing these psychological treatments that are effective and  easily available. The Living Life to the Full course aims to provide easy access to CBT skills - and does so in a way that cuts through jargon. By empowering users to understand why they feel as they do, and to learn new ways of improving how they feel the course aims to provide ready access to key information. The course is based on "Helping people to help themselves". A crucial element is to inform, educate and teach key life skills. The course is supported by a series of CBT self-help workbooks  that can be used between the e-learning sessions. They encourage the reader to put what they are learning into practice, and to stop, think and reflect on what is being learned.

Self-help materials are increasingly available and are popular with the general public and health care practitioners. Any good bookshop is likely to have a significantly sized self-help section. Self-help books are often amongst the top ten best-selling books. In America and Great Britain, a number of self-help materials have been assessed and been shown to be effective. A review of 40 self-help studies from 1974 to 1990 identified that some types of problem such as anxiety and depression are more likely to be amenable to change than others (Gould and Clum, 1993).

The Living Life to the Full course uses this popular self-help format, and also the CBT model which has a proven effectiveness in helping people develop life skills that help them tackle feelings of low mood, stress and distress.

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The Living Life to The Full Course has been created to be clear and helpful for those who use it. Updated and revised versions will be produced based on feedback from those who use the modules. Please let us know if you have found the content helpful or unhelpful. In particular, if there are areas within it that you find hard to understand, or seemed poorly written, please let us know and we will try to improve things in future based on the consensus of feedback received. Similarly, if you have found it helpful, please also let us know.

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