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Positive Minds Learn for Wellbeing

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, DfE requires us to offer:

  • 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, who are bothered in their daily lives by symptoms of mild to moderate common mental health problems, to manage the symptoms and difficulties they are experiencing. 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 have triggered vulnerability to symptoms of mild to moderate mental health problems, or changed symptoms people were previously self-managing.
  • refresh sessions for graduates from our year 1 and 2 research courses






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