Self-directed online course

Living life to the full with SAD – for people who experience a pattern of feeling worse in the darker winter months

FREE

This research-developed course (funded by the ESRC) is based on and modified from the widely used and recommended Living life to the full online course and was developed for people who are living with SAD.

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Type

Free self-directed online course, Paid upgrade online course

SKU
LLTTFSAD
Categories
Low Mood and Stress
Authors
Dr Chris Williams

This research-developed course (funded by the ESRC) is based on and modified from the widely used and recommended Living life to the full online course and was developed for people who are living with SAD.

Content:

Created with geographers/climate specialists, members of the public with lived experience of SAD, and experts in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Learn how to cope with the challenge of reduced winter light.

Two courses:

  1. Wintering Well content addressing: Understanding SAD, Understanding winter thinking, Creating your cosy space for winter, My daily winter routine, Looking at things differently, Socialising my SAD self, and finally, Wintering well with food and exercise.
  2. Plus a Lived experience with SAD course.

Related products:

A version of the Upgraded Living Life to the Full course is available with the free SAD Course including additional content (key CBT life skills books and additional modules)

Individual topic areas also are usually available as separate books. Adult and young person versions available.

Linked audio resources for relaxation and breathing control are also available.

Visit our Research trials page to see research evidence for our wide range of resources.

These resources were created and are being evaluated as part of an ESRC funded project led by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

This is a self-directed online course for use by people who experience SAD making them often feel worse in winter.

Each module typically takes 15-20 minutes or so to complete.

The Wintering Well sessions of the course cover many of the core changes experienced in Seasonal affective disorder.

How often should I complete a module or how many?

We recommend you work through all the modules, completing one every few days will allow you the opportunity to put into practice what you are learning.

Using the worksheets: practical worksheets can be completed by printing them on paper, or by answering the questions electronically if you prefer such as in notes on your phone. The worksheets help you apply what you are learning, make plans and review your progress.

Working with a support worker: Some people using this course may be receiving support from an IAPT or other community mental health worker, nurse, OT, physio or other health or social care worker including Third sector staff or volunteers. If so, use this support to help you stay on track, get answers to any questions, and encouragement to apply what you are learning.

LLTTF with SAD has been developed with funding from ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). A national survey and individual interviews have informed the course content.

How to provide access to clients: Access to this course is free – visit www.llttf.com/sad

Terminology: LLTTF courses are designed to teach evidence-based CBT life skills in an accessible language.

  • Understanding why I feel as I do (self-formulation)
  • Changing upsetting thinking (negative automatic thoughts)
  • Doing activities that improve how you feel (behavioural activation)
  • And more.

Dr Chris Williams is Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Past-President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). His main area of interest is making Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches accessible to all.

He is an internationally recognised researcher, teacher and trainer.

Additional authors are from the LLTTF team including Sue Wood and Theresa Kelly with helpful feedback from the University research team and lived experience users.

Course development: The content has been developed with input from SAD sufferers as part of a ESRC-funded research pilot/feasibility study led by Geographers Professor Hester Parr (University of Glasgow), Professor Hayden Lorimer (University of Edinburgh), and Shawn Bodden (– Researcher – Glasgow). This included qualitative interviews and survey data. This has shaped the content of the course, which has been revised and updated with revised content and imagery.

Description

This research-developed course (funded by the ESRC) is based on and modified from the widely used and recommended Living life to the full online course and was developed for people who are living with SAD.

Content:

Created with geographers/climate specialists, members of the public with lived experience of SAD, and experts in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Learn how to cope with the challenge of reduced winter light.

Two courses:

  1. Wintering Well content addressing: Understanding SAD, Understanding winter thinking, Creating your cosy space for winter, My daily winter routine, Looking at things differently, Socialising my SAD self, and finally, Wintering well with food and exercise.
  2. Plus a Lived experience with SAD course.

Related products:

A version of the Upgraded Living Life to the Full course is available with the free SAD Course including additional content (key CBT life skills books and additional modules)

Individual topic areas also are usually available as separate books. Adult and young person versions available.

Linked audio resources for relaxation and breathing control are also available.

Visit our Research trials page to see research evidence for our wide range of resources.

These resources were created and are being evaluated as part of an ESRC funded project led by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

How to use this Resource

This is a self-directed online course for use by people who experience SAD making them often feel worse in winter.

Each module typically takes 15-20 minutes or so to complete.

The Wintering Well sessions of the course cover many of the core changes experienced in Seasonal affective disorder.

How often should I complete a module or how many?

We recommend you work through all the modules, completing one every few days will allow you the opportunity to put into practice what you are learning.

Using the worksheets: practical worksheets can be completed by printing them on paper, or by answering the questions electronically if you prefer such as in notes on your phone. The worksheets help you apply what you are learning, make plans and review your progress.

Working with a support worker: Some people using this course may be receiving support from an IAPT or other community mental health worker, nurse, OT, physio or other health or social care worker including Third sector staff or volunteers. If so, use this support to help you stay on track, get answers to any questions, and encouragement to apply what you are learning.

Supporter's Notes

LLTTF with SAD has been developed with funding from ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). A national survey and individual interviews have informed the course content.

How to provide access to clients: Access to this course is free – visit www.llttf.com/sad

Terminology: LLTTF courses are designed to teach evidence-based CBT life skills in an accessible language.

  • Understanding why I feel as I do (self-formulation)
  • Changing upsetting thinking (negative automatic thoughts)
  • Doing activities that improve how you feel (behavioural activation)
  • And more.

About the Author

Dr Chris Williams is Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Past-President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). His main area of interest is making Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches accessible to all.

He is an internationally recognised researcher, teacher and trainer.

Additional authors are from the LLTTF team including Sue Wood and Theresa Kelly with helpful feedback from the University research team and lived experience users.

Course development: The content has been developed with input from SAD sufferers as part of a ESRC-funded research pilot/feasibility study led by Geographers Professor Hester Parr (University of Glasgow), Professor Hayden Lorimer (University of Edinburgh), and Shawn Bodden (– Researcher – Glasgow). This included qualitative interviews and survey data. This has shaped the content of the course, which has been revised and updated with revised content and imagery.

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