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Take part in a free Stress Control programme online

This six part programme takes place from Monday the 8th of June

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Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then the Stress Control online classes may be of help to you.

‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used in community-settings by the NHS (UK), the HSE (Ireland) and across the world. You can find out more in this short video.

Access Stress Control classes online for free

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Stress Control will come to you by live streaming two sessions a week on YouTube. Each session will repeat four times starting on Monday 8th of June.

The sessions will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes in their communities. Stress Control online already ran over three weeks in April and an average audience of 6,000 attended each session.

When do the Stress Control sessions take place?

Session 1: What is stress?

  • Monday 8th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm, Tuesday 9th June 2 - 3.30pm or 8.30 - 10pm

Session 2: Controlling your body

  • Thursday 11th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm, Friday 12th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm

Session 3: Controlling your thoughts

  • Monday 15th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm, Tuesday 16th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm

Session 4: Controlling your actions

  • Thursday 18th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm, Friday 19th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm

Session 5: Controlling panicky feelings and getting good night’s sleep

  • Monday 22nd June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm, Tuesday 23rd June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm

Session 6: Boosting your wellbeing, tying it all together and controlling your future

  • Thursday 25th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm, Friday 26th June 2 – 3.30pm or 8.30 – 10pm

How to take part in Stress Control online?

If you want to take part, go to where you can learn more about the class. Everything you need to successfully complete the class such as the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness tracks can be found in the ‘Free zone’. If you can, please read, and start working on, the ‘Preparing for the course’ booklets before Session 1. These can be found in the ‘Booklets’ section of the ‘Free zone’.

Subscribe to the Stress Control YouTube channel

To subscribe to the YouTube channel, visit the Stress Control 2020 YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on their free YouTube page, you will receive notifications when a new session is available.

How long will the sessions run for?

The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle. Due to copyright restrictions, sessions will only live stream so they will not remain on YouTube.

Do I have to attend every session?

Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, the big picture can emerge, and you will learn how to handle your stress better. This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

Look after yourself 

Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious around the current pandemic?

This situation is completely new to everyone involved and it is normal to feel worried or anxious about what is going on. Following the Government’s instructions on how to stay safe and help slow the spread of the virus, can help to make you feel more in control of your current situation.

If you feel overwhelmed by the current situation and need someone to talk to, our anonymous, 24 hour text line is always open. You're worth talking about and we're here to listen and support you.

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Published May 5th2020
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