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Positive Minds Learn Wellbeing phase 2 CLMH research

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Phase 2 professional practice lessons learned by Blackburn and Darwen site.

In year 2 (2016/17) of the DfE adult education | mental health research Blackburn with Darwen Council adult learning service is assigned to one of 3 non-equivalent intervention groups. We are in Group A. This means that along with 18 other projects, we recruit research volunteers who self-assess themselves as having mild to moderate mental health problems and offer them the following to see if it can improve their mental health and help people feel able to get on with their lives:

  • up to 3 hours of 1:1 guidance using the Discovering Potential approach
  • courses of 15 hours over 6 weeks that specifically focus on helping research volunteers to manage symptoms and difficulties they experience. These symptoms may typically be linked to changes in peoples’ life circumstances (e.g. bereavement, illness, divorce, redundancy, etc.) or to life-course transitions (e.g. becoming a parent, retirement, becoming a carer, etc.) that triggered their vulnerability to mental health problems, or changed symptoms they were previously self-managing.
  • short (once-a-month) refresh sessions for graduates from our year 1 and 2 research courses


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