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Smart spending

Greensborough

People come to budgeting at various stages of their lives and come to realise how supportive it is to one’s mental wellbeing. Lack of organisation around money and spending can lead to a great amount of anxiety, a feeling of being out of control and an inability to save money. The idea of this course is to look at why budgeting is important and factors to think about when making a budget. The final outcome will be for each student to actually create a budget.

Exploring the experience of depression

Greensborough

Experiencing depression goes beyond feelings of sadness or unhappiness and can deeply disrupt how we think, feel and live. How people describe and manage depression is unique, but there are often common themes in the experience. This course is a space to increase your knowledge about depressive experiences and to share personal wisdom in discussion.

What is recovery?

Greensborough

More and more people are talking about recovery and mental health issues, but what does this actually mean? In this course, we explore a few different ways of thinking about recovery. We’ll also look at some ideas for living well while experiencing the things our society calls mental ill-health.

Disclosure

Greensborough

So by now a professional (or a few professionals) have told you that you have a mental health diagnosis. Now what? Who do you tell? What do you say and how do you say it? This course aims to explore the various ways you can go about disclosing or not disclosing your health with the people in your life.

Smart spending

Greensborough

People come to budgeting at various stages of their lives and come to realise how supportive it is to one’s mental wellbeing. Lack of organisation around money and spending can lead to a great amount of anxiety, a feeling of being out of control and an inability to save money. The idea of this course is to look at why budgeting is important and factors to think about when making a budget. The final outcome will be for each student to actually create a budget. 

Self care

Greensborough

To take care of yourself and nurture your holistic wellbeing is an important skill to learn in life. Come to this course and develop strategies to build hope, establish a positive identity, find meaning and purpose in your weekly routine and begin to take control and responsibility for managing your life. We will utilise a range of different teaching methods and will support you to transfer your learning into your everyday life.

Journaling for recovery

Greensborough

Journaling can be a powerful way to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop a sense of self. Journaling can be a deeply therapeutic experience. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals can help you to cope with grief, gain perspective, and resolve complex issues and decisions.

Looking forward and goal setting

Greensborough

Are you looking for the chance to live a fuller life but not sure where to start or what to do? This course will provide you with the opportunity to reconnect with the things in your life that make you feel fulfilled and give you skills in setting achievable goals for yourself. Whether it’s reconnecting with family or friends or getting back into a hobby or activity you enjoy, having a plan provides focus and motivation for what you want to achieve, and the people and resources you may need, in order to make it happen.

Carer and consumer participation training

Greensborough

The lived experience of consumers and carers can play an active role in influencing how mental health providers deliver services. There are increasing opportunities for consumers and carers to participate in service improvement such as, advisory groups, forums, surveys and research. In this course you will learn about how you can use your lived experience to contribute to improving service delivery through consumer and carer participation. This course will give you the tools, techniques and resources to contribute to service improvement as well as valuable life skills.

Assertiveness skills

Greensborough

Assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to express our point of view and state our needs clearly. In this course you will have the chance to gain assertiveness skills. We will explore and learn what assertive communication is, ways we can communicate and behave, what assertive communication looks like, and techniques for assertive behaviour including saying no and giving and receiving feedback.

Food and mood

Greensborough

Food can affect our mood and mental wellbeing. This course will help you to identify foods that nourish your body and soul. We will develop an understanding about nutrition, good health and energy, and explore how we can best achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The course will help you develop more awareness of why, when and what you eat and how to change your habits, manage your cravings and add nutrients that can support more positive daily moods.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Greensborough

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Understanding anger

Mile End

We all feel angry sometimes; it is part of being human. Anger can be useful, but it can also become a problem when it harms you or the people around you. In this course we will look to understand more about anger, how it works, factors which can make it worse and how to control it. We will consider some basic tools to deal with anger and ways to recognise your own anger signs.

Disclosure

Mile End

So by now a professional (or a few professionals) have told you that you have a mental health diagnosis. Now what? Who do you tell? What do you say and how do you say it? This course aims to explore the various ways you can go about disclosing or not disclosing your health with the people in your life.

Anxiety – It’s just not that simple

Glynde

Anxiety for many is a constant companion. Often we think we are the only one in the world who has these horrible fears and for many it’s just easier to avoid social situations altogether. Many people have been through the fears that anxiety produces and have come out healthier and happier on the other side. This course uses a learning environment where students can begin to understand some of the causes of anxiety, become aware of their personal triggers and explore strategies that help them better manage their anxiety and re-engage with their world. This course can be a follow on from the ‘exploring experience of anxiety’ course.

Exploring the experience of depression

Glynde

Experiencing depression goes beyond feelings of sadness or unhappiness and can deeply disrupt how we think, feel and live. How people describe and manage depression is unique, but there are often common themes in the experience. This course is a space to increase your knowledge about depressive experiences and to share personal wisdom in discussion.

Understanding self harm

Glynde

At times, life can be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced trauma. Sometimes it seems that the only way to feel better or to express yourself is to self harm. The aim of this course is to explore the facts and realities of self harm, how it is treated and most importantly, ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

Exploring grief and loss

Dandenong

Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a valued relationship or part of our identity, we all experience grief and loss in our lives. During the course we will explore the cycle of grief and loss and how to be able to support yourself to work through it in a way that supports your wellbeing. The facilitators will draw on their own experiences in dealing with grief and loss to support you with your learning.

Emotional intelligence

Dandenong

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy and what part emotional intelligence plays in living this way. How do I measure my level of emotional intelligence? Can I learn to develop my emotional intelligence further? In this presentation we will discuss how we use our emotions when dealing with stress, coping with challenges in our lives, how we empathise with others and our self-esteem. By understanding our emotional intelligence and what has influenced its development, it is possible to bring a greater degree of healing into our lives.

Suicide - breaking the silence

Dandenong

What leads people to feel like there is no alternative? What can we learn about it? Why are we so scared to talk about it? How do we talk about it? Come along to this course to discuss some of these questions and more.

Journaling for recovery

Dandenong

Journaling can be a powerful way to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop a sense of self. Journaling can be a deeply therapeutic experience. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals can help you to cope with grief, gain perspective, and resolve complex issues and decisions.

Understanding self harm

Dandenong

At times, life can be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced trauma. Sometimes it seems that the only way to feel better or to express yourself is to self harm. The aim of this course is to explore the facts and realities of self harm, how it is treated and most importantly, ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Dandenong

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Advance statements

Dandenong

Advance statements are a way of telling your loved ones and health care practitioners how you wish to receive support. In this course, you will learn about why they were introduced and their practical use. The facilitator will also share their experience of writing and using an advance statement. You will be supported in identifying what can be included, who can be involved in the development of your advance statement, and what to do with your advance statement once it is completed.

Peer support work, what’s it all about

Dandenong

So you think you want to be a peer support worker but don’t really know what it’s all about or how to get into it? Come along and speak to peer support workers about their experiences. For those wanting to pursue this career path, this course aims to provide a better understanding of peer work.

Assertiveness skills

Dandenong

Assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to express our point of view and state our needs clearly. In this course you will have the chance to gain assertiveness skills. We will explore and learn what assertive communication is, ways we can communicate and behave, what assertive communication looks like, and techniques for assertive behaviour including saying no and giving and receiving feedback.

Exploring the experience of bipolar

Dandenong

Experiencing extreme changes in mood and thinking can impact all areas of our lives, our relationships, career goals and aspirations. How people describe and manage these mood changes is unique but there are often common experiences that people share. This course can help to increase your knowledge about the bipolar experience and share personal wisdom in discussion. There is great value in how we learn to manage it and how we find ways through the ups and downs.

Food and mood

Dandenong

Food can affect our mood and mental wellbeing. This course will help you to identify foods that nourish your body and soul. We will develop an understanding about nutrition, good health and energy, and explore how we can best achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The course will help you develop more awareness of why, when and what you eat and how to change your habits, manage your cravings and add nutrients that can support more positive daily moods.

Confident me

Dandenong

This course will explore confidence, self-esteem and how to have a good relationship with yourself. By the end, the aim is that you will walk out of the course thinking... I am me and I’m ok.

Managing stress

Dandenong

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

What is recovery?

Dandenong

More and more people are talking about recovery and mental health issues, but what does this actually mean? In this course, we explore a few different ways of thinking about recovery. We’ll also look at some ideas for living well while experiencing the things our society calls mental ill-health.

Challenging stigma and discrimination

​Abbotsford

During this course we will discuss some of the ways in which you experience discrimination and stigma and how it can be an obstacle to wellbeing. By getting together to discuss these issues, we hope that you will find some benefit and an ability to be better able to challenge the system to find new ways to do things.

Smart spending

​Abbotsford

People come to budgeting at various stages of their lives and come to realise how supportive it is to one’s mental wellbeing. Lack of organisation around money and spending can lead to a great amount of anxiety, a feeling of being out of control and an inability to save money. The idea of this course is to look at why budgeting is important and factors to think about when making a budget. The final outcome will be for each student to actually create a budget.

Confident me

​Abbotsford

This course will explore confidence, self-esteem and how to have a good relationship with yourself. By the end, the aim is that you will walk out of the course thinking... I am me and I’m ok.

Support networks

​Abbotsford

This course will help you to identify who in your life can help support your recovery. It will also explore your role in receiving and guiding what you need from your friends, family and community and examines the importance of communication and supportive relationships.

Self care

​Abbotsford

To take care of yourself and nurture your holistic wellbeing is an important skill to learn in life. Come to this course and develop strategies to build hope, establish a positive identity, find meaning and purpose in your weekly routine and begin to take control and responsibility for managing your life. We will utilise a range of different teaching methods and will support you to transfer your learning into your everyday life.

Peer support work, what’s it all about

​Abbotsford

So you think you want to be a peer support worker but don’t really know what it’s all about or how to get into it? Come along and speak to peer support workers about their experiences. For those wanting to pursue this career path, this course aims to provide a better understanding of peer work.

Confident me

Gippsland

This course will explore confidence, self-esteem and how to have a good relationship with yourself. By the end, the aim is that you will walk out of the course thinking... I am me and I’m ok.

Self care

Gippsland

To take care of yourself and nurture your holistic wellbeing is an important skill to learn in life. Come to this course and develop strategies to build hope, establish a positive identity, find meaning and purpose in your weekly routine and begin to take control and responsibility for managing your life. We will utilise a range of different teaching methods and will support you to transfer your learning into your everyday life.

Understanding anger

Gippsland

We all feel angry sometimes; it is part of being human. Anger can be useful, but it can also become a problem when it harms you or the people around you. In this course we will look to understand more about anger, how it works, factors which can make it worse and how to control it. We will consider some basic tools to deal with anger and ways to recognise your own anger signs.

Emotional intelligence

Gippsland

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy and what part emotional intelligence plays in living this way. How do I measure my level of emotional intelligence? Can I learn to develop my emotional intelligence further? In this presentation we will discuss how we use our emotions when dealing with stress, coping with challenges in our lives, how we empathise with others and our self-esteem. By understanding our emotional intelligence and what has influenced its development, it is possible to bring a greater degree of healing into our lives.

Advance statements

Gippsland

Advance statements are a way of telling your loved ones and health care practitioners how you wish to receive support. In this course, you will learn about why they were introduced and their practical use. The facilitator will also share their experience of writing and using an advance statement. You will be supported in identifying what can be included, who can be involved in the development of your advance statement, and what to do with your advance statement once it is completed.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Gippsland

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Managing stress

Gippsland

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

Peer support work, what’s it all about

Gippsland

So you think you want to be a peer support worker but don’t really know what it’s all about or how to get into it? Come along and speak to peer support workers about their experiences. For those wanting to pursue this career path, this course aims to provide a better understanding of peer work.

What is recovery?

Greensborough

More and more people are talking about recovery and mental health issues, but what does this actually mean? In this course, we explore a few different ways of thinking about recovery. We’ll also look at some ideas for living well while experiencing the things our society calls mental ill-health.

Managing stress

Greensborough

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

Disclosure

Greensborough

So by now a professional (or a few professionals) have told you that you have a mental health diagnosis. Now what? Who do you tell? What do you say and how do you say it? This course aims to explore the various ways you can go about disclosing or not disclosing your health with the people in your life.

Emotional intelligence

Greensborough

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy and what part emotional intelligence plays in living this way. How do I measure my level of emotional intelligence?Can I learn to develop my emotional intelligence further? In this presentation we will discuss how we use our emotions when dealing with stress, coping with challenges in our lives, how we empathise with others and our self esteem. By understanding our emotional intelligence and what has influenced its development, it is possible to bring a greater degree of healing into our lives.

Journaling for recovery

Greensborough

Journaling can be a powerful way to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop a sense of self. Journaling can be a deeply therapeutic experience. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals can help you to cope with grief, gain perspective, and resolve complex issues and decisions.

Coming out of the clutter closet

Greensborough

For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenge facing them. In this course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.

Food and mood

Greensborough

Food can affect our mood and mental wellbeing. This course will help you to identify foods that nourish your body and soul. We will develop an understanding about nutrition, good health and energy, and explore how we can best achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The course will help you develop more awareness of why, when and what you eat and how to change your habits, manage your cravings and add nutrients that can support more positive daily moods.

Managing stress

Wodonga

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Wodonga

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Suicide - breaking the silence

Wodonga

What leads people to feel like there is no alternative? What can we learn about it? Why are we so scared to talk about it? How do we talk about it? Come along to this course to discuss some of these questions and more.

Assertiveness skills

Wodonga

Assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to express our point of view and state our needs clearly. In this course you will have the chance to gain assertiveness skills. We will explore and learn what assertive communication is, ways we can communicate and behave, what assertive communication looks like, and techniques for assertive behaviour including saying no and giving and receiving feedback.

Coming out of the clutter closet

Mile End

For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenges facing them. In this course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.

Smart spending

Mile End

People come to budgeting at various stages of their lives and come to realise how supportive it is to one’s mental wellbeing. Lack of organisation around money and spending can lead to a great amount of anxiety, a feeling of being out of control and an inability to save money. The idea of this course is to look at why budgeting is important and factors to think about when making a budget. The final outcome will be for each student to actually create a budget.

Exploring the experience of anxiety

Mile End

Anxiety is something that everybody experiences to some degree, ranging from worry through to full blown panic attacks. This three-hour course looks at the various forms of anxiety, what they are and how you can begin to find effective methods for noticing and dealing with it, helping you to recover from the effects often associated with it.

Disordered Eating

Glynde

Exploring disordered eating will provide students with a brief summary of the tell tale signs of disordered eating. It will breakdown some of the myths and cultural views surrounding the topic; and outlines some of the psychology behind it all. The course will also discuss the journey of recovery and what has worked for others. This is an interactive and inspirational introductory course.

Challenging stigma and discrimination

Glynde

During this course we will discuss some of the ways in which you experience discrimination and stigma and how it can be an obstacle to wellbeing. By getting together to discuss these issues, we hope that you will find some benefit and an ability to be better able to challenge the system to find new ways to do things.

Exploring the experience of depression

Glynde

Experiencing depression goes beyond feelings of sadness or unhappiness and can deeply disrupt how we think, feel and live. How people describe and manage depression is unique, but there are often common themes in the experience. This course is a space to increase your knowledge about depressive experiences and to share personal wisdom in discussion.

Suicide - breaking the silence

Glynde

What leads people to feel like there is no alternative? What can we learn about it? Why are we so scared to talk about it? How do we talk about it? Come along to this course to discuss some of these questions and more.

Managing stress

Glynde

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

Smart spending

Wangaratta

People come to budgeting at various stages of their lives and come to realise how supportive it is to one’s mental wellbeing. Lack of organisation around money and spending can lead to a great amount of anxiety, a feeling of being out of control and an inability to save money. The idea of this course is to look at why budgeting is important and factors to think about when making a budget. The final outcome will be for each student to actually create a budget.

Anxiety – It’s just not that simple

Wangaratta

Anxiety for many is a constant companion. Often we think we are the only one in the world who has these horrible fears and for many it’s just easier to avoid social situations altogether. Many people have been through the fears that anxiety produces and have come out healthier and happier on the other side. This course uses a learning environment where students can begin to understand some of the causes of anxiety, become aware of their personal triggers and explore strategies that help them better manage their anxiety and re-engage with their world. This course can be a follow on from the ‘exploring experience of anxiety’ course.

Coming out of the clutter closet

Dandenong

For many people who experience mental ill-health, a less than organised home is a by-product or a symptom of the challenge facing them. In this course, the aim is for you to look at some of the underlying difficulties that might be making it difficult for you to gain control, get some ideas on how to make changes and discover that you are not alone.

Journaling for recovery

Dandenong

Journaling can be a powerful way to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop a sense of self. Journaling can be a deeply therapeutic experience. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences and goals can help you to cope with grief, gain perspective, and resolve complex issues and decisions.

Looking forward and goal setting

Dandenong

Are you looking for the chance to live a fuller life but not sure where to start or what to do? This course will provide you with the opportunity to reconnect with the things in your life that make you feel fulfilled and give you skills in setting achievable goals for yourself. Whether it’s reconnecting with family or friends or getting back into a hobby or activity you enjoy, having a plan provides focus and motivation for what you want to achieve, and the people and resources you may need, in order to make it happen.

Exploring grief and loss

Dandenong

Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a valued relationship or part of our identity, we all experience grief and loss in our lives. During the course we will explore the cycle of grief and loss and how to be able to support yourself to work through it in a way that supports your wellbeing. The facilitators will draw on their own experiences in dealing with grief and loss to support you with your learning.

Self care

Dandenong

To take care of yourself and nurture your holistic wellbeing is an important skill to learn in life. Come to this course and develop strategies to build hope, establish a positive identity, find meaning and purpose in your weekly routine
and begin to take control and responsibility for managing your life. We will utilise a range of different teaching methods and will support you to transfer your learning into your everyday life.

Learning to learn

Dandenong

Knowing a bit more about how you learn can increase your confidence when trying to learn new things. This course will help you understand the process and your own learning style. You will come away with your own set of tips for making learning easier.

Suicide - breaking the silence

Dandenong

What leads people to feel like there is no alternative? What can we learn about it? Why are we so scared to talk about it? How do we talk about it? Come along to this course to discuss some of these questions and more.

Exploring the experience of depression

Dandenong

Experiencing depression goes beyond feelings of sadness or unhappiness and can deeply disrupt how we think, feel and live. How people describe and manage depression is unique, but there are often common themes in the experience. This course is a space to increase your knowledge about depressive experiences and to share personal wisdom in discussion.

What is recovery?

Dandenong

More and more people are talking about recovery and mental health issues, but what does this actually mean? In this course, we explore a few different ways of thinking about recovery. We’ll also look at some ideas for living well while experiencing the things our society calls mental health.

Emotional intelligence

Dandenong

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy and what part emotional intelligence plays in living this way. How do I measure my level of emotional intelligence? Can I learn to develop my emotional intelligence further? In this presentation we will discuss how we use our emotions when dealing with stress, coping with challenges in our lives, how we empathise with others and our self-esteem. By understanding our emotional intelligence and what has influenced its development, it is possible to bring a greater degree of healing into our lives.

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Exploring the experience of bipolar

​Abbotsford

Experiencing extreme changes in mood and thinking can impact all areas of our lives, our relationships, career goals and aspirations. How people describe and manage these mood changes is unique but there are often common experiences that people share. This course can help to increase your knowledge about the bipolar experience and share personal wisdom in discussion. There is great value in how we learn to manage it and how we find ways through the ups and downs.

Exploring the experience of depression

​Abbotsford

Experiencing depression goes beyond feelings of sadness or unhappiness and can deeply disrupt how we think, feel and live. How people describe and manage depression is unique, but there are often common themes in the experience. This course is a space to increase your knowledge about depressive experiences and to share personal wisdom in discussion.

Looking forward and goal setting

​Abbotsford

Are you looking for the chance to live a fuller life but not sure where to start or what to do? This course will provide you with the opportunity to reconnect with the things in your life that make you feel fulfilled and give you skills in setting achievable goals for yourself. Whether it’s reconnecting with family or friends or getting back into a hobby or activity you enjoy, having a plan provides focus and motivation for what you want to achieve, and the people and resources you may need, in order to make it happen.

Understanding self-harm

​Abbotsford

At times, life can be hard to cope with, especially if you have experienced trauma. Sometimes it seems that the only way to feel better or to express yourself is to self-harm. The aim of this course is to explore the facts and realities of self-harm, how it is treated and most importantly, ways in which people manage it or support someone they care about.

Emotional intelligence

​Abbotsford

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy and what part emotional intelligence plays in living this way. How do I measure my level of emotional intelligence? Can I learn to develop my emotional intelligence further? In this presentation we will discuss how we use our emotions when dealing with stress, coping with challenges in our lives, how we empathise with others and our self-esteem. By understanding our emotional intelligence and what has influenced its development, it is possible to bring a greater degree of healing into our lives.

Managing stress

​Abbotsford

We all experience stress – some big, some small - whether it’s noisy neighbours, family issues, money worries, challenges at work, looking for work, and so on. Come along to this introductory course to examine the causes and effects of stress, and practical activities and methods that may help you to manage the stress in your life.

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