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Wellbeing Course for Mental Health

The Wellbeing Course aims to provide free education and guidance on simple but effective techniques for managing depression and/or anxiety. The Course helps people with thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms of depression and anxiety.

For your information, all Wellbeing Courses below will help  clients manage emotions related to COVID-19 (e.g., anxiety, sadness,   loneliness, anger). The Courses cover:  
  1. how to monitor and recognize components of emotions (e.g., thoughts, behaviors and physical sensations)
  2. how to identify, explore and manage negative thoughts 
  3. how to manage physical sensations related to emotions (e.g.,  deep breathing); 
  4. how to manage unhelpful behaviours related to emotions (e.g., overcoming avoidance)
  5. how to maintain gains made through the course. 
 There   are also many extra lessons available depending on client   needs/interests and time: sleep, communication, assertiveness, problem   solving, managing beliefs, mental skills, managing panic, PTSD, worry,   grief, and pain.


We have several versions of the Wellbeing Course. Each course  has a separate application so please pick the course that applies best  to you:

Wellbeing for Mental Health - diverse examples/stories specific to depression and anxiety. There are many extra resources including extra resources for PTSD,panic, sleep, grief, pain, and postpartum depression and anxiety.- Apply Now

UniWellbeing Course -examples/stories specific to college or university students  - Apply Now 

Spinal Cord Injury - examples/stories take into account having a spinal cord injury - Apply Now

Chronic Health Conditions Course including Chronic Pain - examples/stories specific to chronic health conditions/ chronic pain - Apply Now 

Public Safety Personnel - examples/stories are specific to public safety personnel - Apply Now



Answers

Why was this Course developed?

The Wellbeing Course was developed in Australia by the eCentreClinic. Many people who have depression and anxiety never seek treatment, but do have access to the Internet. The Course was designed in response to the widespread need for access to mental health treatment. Because depression and anxiety commonly occur at the same time, information is provided on both conditions.

How effective is the Wellbeing Course?

We have now had more than 4200 people enroll in the Wellbeing Course and the results are very encouraging. More than 94% of those who completed the course felt it was worth their time and that they would recommend this course to others who have depression or anxiety. Most clients said it was hard work. Most experienced reduced anxiety and or depression and an improvement in their level of day-to-day activities.

What is involved in the Wellbeing Course?

The Wellbeing Course is made up of 5 easy to understand lessons and typically takes 8 weeks to complete, although at this time we are currently exploring different timelines for completing the course. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online. Clients are encouraged to work on various  activities during the week; this often takes several hours. Throughout  the course, clients receive automated emails with important reminders  and prompts.

What support is available from therapists?

The Wellbeing Course is therapist-assisted. This means that during the week clients can send questions or comments to their designated therapist though a secure message system. On a set day each week, the therapist checks the website, reviews client progress on the course and responds to messages. Most contact with the therapist is through secure emails, but sometimes therapists contact clients by phone.

Who provides therapist-assistance?

In this course, clients are assigned based on availability, to either a therapist working in a community clinic in Saskatchewan or a therapist working directly in the Online Therapy Unit. Some therapists have fully completed their training while others are graduate students under supervision. Most therapists are trained in psychology, social work or nursing.

What research is being done on this course?

We are always conducting research in order to continually improve Online Therapy. When you sign up for Online Therapy, you will be provided with details of research we are conducting, such as research into the long term benefits of Online Therapy and research on different forms of therapist assistance.

How will my progress on the course be monitored?

All clients who complete this course complete brief questionnaires before they begin, on a weekly basis throughout, after the course is completed, and then 3 months after that. These questionnaires help us assess how you are doing. These questionnaires do not take very long but provide us with important information on your progress and the outcomes of Online Therapy.

Who can take part in the course?

The course is designed for those who have symptoms of depression or anxiety, are 18 years of age or older, are comfortable using and have access to the Internet, and have a local medical contact available in case of emergencies. The course is not recommended if you have severe problems with alcohol or drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide. If any of the above would indicate that Online Therapy is not suited to your needs, please refer to the resource page and speak with your family doctor about other service options. Please note this course is currently available to Saskatchewan residents. 

Who can answer my questions about the course?

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact us.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in applying for the course, we  have several versions of the Wellbeing Course listed below. Each course  has a  separate application so please pick the course that applies best  to you:

We have several versions of the Wellbeing Course. Each course   has a separate application so please pick the course that applies best    to you:

Wellbeing for Mental Health - diverse examples/stories specific to depression and anxiety. There are many extra resources including extra resources for PTSD,panic, sleep, grief, pain, and postpartum depression and anxiety.- Apply Now 

UniWellbeing Course -examples/stories specific to college or university students  - Apply Now 

Spinal Cord Injury - examples/stories take into account  having a spinal cord injury - Apply Now

Chronic Health Conditions Course including Chronic Pain - examples/stories  specific to chronic health conditions/ chronic pain - Apply Now

Public Safety Personnel - examples/stories are specific to public safety personnel - Apply Now