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Mentally Healthy Students: Tools and Techniques to Manage Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

A course for first-year or finalist undergraduates delivered over four weeks. You will receive four face-to-face group sessions with Mind’s experienced trainers, as well as online resources, to teach you tools and techniques to manage your mental health and wellbeing. These training courses are delivered to students by trained experts from Mind free of charge as part of the University's Mentally Healthy Universities partnership with Mind and Goldman Sachs Gives.

The course content has been developed from Mind's established Blue Light programme, which is designed to support the mental health of emergency services workers. The Blue Light course was evaluated through a randomised control trial and shown to significantly improve participants’ outcomes in the longer term – including modifying the predictors of mental ill health in this specific population and making it one of the only evidenced-based resilience interventions available. This course for Universities we're advertising now has been adapted from the earlier programme through a co-creation process by Mind and a panel of current students. This year is the first time the newly-developed course for students had been run.

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4-week courses for finalists:

4-week courses for first-years:

Curriculum overview

Week 1

  • The online module covers:
    • What is attention training?
    • Why it matters what you focus on.
    • What scientists have discovered about attention training.
    • An exercise to show you the effect of self-focused attention.
    • The differences between abstract and concrete thinking.
    • Training with the Attention gym.
  • The group session covers:
    • The difference between self and externally focused attention.
    • The most effective techniques to train your attention.

Week 2

  • The online module covers:
    • What dwelling is and how to spot it
    • How habits develop
    • Your unique warning signs for stress and bad habits
    • How to create an IF-THEN plan.
  • The group session covers:
    • The difference between abstract and concrete thinking
    • New IF-THEN plans.

Week 3

  • The online module covers:
    • Experts speak: what we wish we had wished we had known about wellbeing 20 years ago.
    • Dealing with irritability, anger, loss and guilt
    • What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
    • What is depression?
  • The group session covers:
    • Ways to look after our wellbeing
    • Identity: I am or I work
    • Mapping our roles against our time

Week 4

  • The online module covers:
    • What is worry?
    • What scientists have discovered about worry?
    • How to transform worries, if you have them.
    • How to use imagery to improve performance.
    • How to deal with intrusive images and memories, if you have them.
  • The group session covers:
    • Transforming worries
    • Then vs Now
    • Drawing together learning from the course
    • Maintaining progress.

Further info: Please contact Chad.Allen@admin.cam.ac.uk