Living Life to the Full

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 the 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 the 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’.

We are delighted to offer delivery of our Living Life to the Full programme online through Zoom as an alternative to face to face delivery during Covid-19.

Please note - This programme is not suitable for you at this time if you are currently affected by severe depression or if you have experienced a recent major life event, e.g. bereavement, trauma, relationship breakdown etc which might affect your ability to participate fully.

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The programme is delivered by experienced facilitators who will ensure that you get the most from the course begin Living Life to the Full

Topics covered in the LLTTF course include: 

  • Why do I feel so bad?
  • I can’t be bothered doing anything
  • Why does everything always go wrong?
  • I’m not good enough
  • How to fix almost everything
  • The things you do that mess you up
  • Are you strong enough to keep your temper?
  • 10 things you can do to feel happier straight away
“The course has made me more resilient and enabled me to cope with feeling low and depressed.”
“It is a very worthwhile course! You learn about your moods and coping strategies. I would recommend highly as a help to others.”

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How to apply

Please complete our online application form or contact the Derry or Belfast offices if you have any questions. 

Is the programme right for me?

I am currently affected by low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety

I would like to make some changes in my life and I am prepared to try new things

I am not currently experiencing a major life event such as a recent bereavement, major relationship problem or significant trauma

I can commit to attending all sessions of the programme

I have basic reading skills

I feel quite comfortable in a group setting

I feel that I can concentrate and give my attention for the duration of each session (approximately 90 minutes)

If you have ticked ‘YES’ to the questions above, then this could be the right course for you. If you have any doubts about your suitability for the programme, please contact us

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the course suitable for?
The course is particularly helpful for people experiencing low mood, stress and/or mild to moderate depression, however it is suitable for everyone (Ages 18 and over) as it teaches skills which can be used in every day life.
Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems?
There may be limited sharing on things that you are comfortable talking about but you are not obliged to share any information about yourself with the group
How many sessions are there?
The course is usually delivered over six sessions
How long do sessions last?
Sessions normally last between one and a half to two hours.
How many people are in the group?
Usually between ten and sixteen.
Is it necessary to attend all sessions?
In order to get as much benefit from the course we would encourage you to attend all the sessions.
How much does it cost?
All courses are free to participants, thanks to the support of various funding bodies.

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

Aware Defeat Depression, known as AWARE, Queen Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 7EQ, Company No: NI30447. Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland with charity registration number NIC100561


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