Living Life to the Full - Positive Minds for Premature Parents

This is a programme that can make a big difference to your life. It can help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and learn simple practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges.

This is a six-session programme using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts – the most evidenced-based talking therapy for people affected by low mood, anxiety or depression. The programme has been developed by Dr Chris Williams, professor of Psychiatry at University of Glasgow and a recognised expert in developing self-help resources based on CBT. It introduces participants to the ‘Five Areas Approach’ which illustrates that events and situations in our lives affect how we think, how we feel, how we behave and also affect us physically. Thinking and behaviour are the two areas that we have most control over, if we tend to think and/or behave in extreme and unhelpful ways, it can adversely affect the other areas and lead to us getting caught in a ‘vicious circle’. The programme therefore focuses on how we can challenge and change our thinking and behaviour in order to turn the circle into a ‘virtuous circle’.

As part of the Positive Minds for Premature Parents project during Covid-19, this programme will be delivered in two ways:

Option 1 - Delivered via Zoom with one of our Education and Training Officers. This option will allow you to meet virtually with other parents each week for six weeks and provides a safe space to interact and engage with others and share experiences.

Option 2 - Delivery through a pre-recorded video produced by our Education and Training team. This option allows you to watch the programme in your own time and at your own pace. You will simply be emailed a link to YouTube where you can view the programme. 

To register for either of these programmes, simply click on your preferred option below.

Option 1 - Zoom Sessions

Starting Monday 24th August @ 7:30-9pm


Option 2 - YouTube Videos 

Available from Monday 17th August

AWARE is the depression charity for Northern Ireland and the only charity working exclusively for those with depression and bipolar disorder.


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