Explore self-help courses & workshops for better mental health.

Discover ways to feel less isolated and more confident in dealing with anxiety, depression and uncertainty with our BeWell self-help courses and workshops.

‘I became homebound. My mental health got to the worst it’s been.’

Becky has struggled with anxiety and depression for many years. After reaching out for some support through our BeWell@StepOne service through self-help courses and our Tuesday craft peer support group, Becky’s mental health improved and the group has become part of her life.

What kind of results/benefits do people see?

Participating in our self-management courses and workshops can lead to a range of positive benefits including:

  • Improved mental health
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Enhanced coping skills
  • Greater self-awareness
  • More resilience
  • Reduced isolation
  • Increased empowerment
  • Better problem-solving skills
  • Improved quality of life

“The support I received from BeWell was excellent. Both Dom and Barbara were very informative on their approach on the subjects contained in the course and made everyone involved feel very welcome and relaxed. Also, because the group was small, all participants were able to support one another without the need to feel anxious.”

“Really helpful course- good to reflect and hopefully will give me the tools to make some positive changes. Course tutor, Dominic, was very inclusive, kind, knowledgeable and made participation easy – he has a way of making talking in the sessions less scary!”

“I cannot thank Dom and Barbara enough for helping me understand myself better. I have used the knowledge they gave me and put this into daily action to manage my own mental health.”

How do the sessions work?

Our free, group-based courses and workshops are held online, with some in-person sessions available in Paignton/Torbay. This service is open to everyone in Devon over the age of 18.

Online:

Our online courses and workshops are designed to provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment. We use the platform Zoom to carry out these sessions in small, secure groups. It’s important to note that participation is entirely optional, and each person has the freedom to choose how they engage in the sessions. Some people might prefer to actively participate, share their thoughts and turn on their camera, whilst others might feel more comfortable simply listening and observing without contributing. We respect everyone’s preferences and boundaries.

In-person:

We offer in-person sessions in the Torbay area for those who prefer face-to-face interactions. Please scroll down to explore our current list of in-person courses and workshops. Our wellbeing practitioners who run the sessions are qualified professionals with personal experiences related to mental health conditions, which allows them to provide valuable guidance and support.

Is there a charge?

No. Our mission is to support as many people in Devon as possible to manage their own mental health. All of our courses and workshops are free to participate and as a charity we fundraise to provide this service.

If you would like to donate to support BeWell@StepOne, please visit our donation page.

How do I book a place?

Our courses and workshops are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. If you see a course or workshop you would like to enrol onto, you will need to complete a simple registration form on our online portal (www.bewell.training). Once registered, you will be able to log in and enrol on to your chosen course or workshop and you will gain access to the meeting links (if online) along with information and materials.

We will also send you regular reminders!
We do our very best to support everyone, so if a course or workshop is full, let us know and we will put you on a waiting list for the next available course or workshop.

Nervous about joining?

We understand that people can be nervous about joining online groups and discussing mental health. Congratulations, you have already taken the first step by looking at the support available. Our tutors are experienced and supportive, and would be more than happy to have a chat about the course or workshop you’re interested in before committing to joining. They could arrange a video call to introduce themselves and provide you with some information prior to the session. You can reach out to them using the enquiry form.

What kind of courses are there?

Our courses and workshops cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • OCD
  • Resilience and wellbeing
  • Healthy living

Don’t see the course or workshop you’re looking for below? We update this page with new courses and workshops regularly – come back or sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date.

Peer support groups

In addition to our courses and workshops, our wellbeing practitioners also offer online and in-person peer support groups. Peer support groups are a great way to connect with others going through similar experiences. They can provide support, understanding and a sense of community.

Our peer support groups are free to join and open to anyone in Devon over the age of 18. We offer a variety of regular groups and activities to choose from, including online anxiety support groups and wellbeing walks for those who want to engage in physical activity and connect with nature.

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