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Self-Management – Postponed until Jan 2018

November 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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An event every 1 week(s) on Wednesday that lasts 0 day(s) and 3 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 13, 2017

** Postponed until January 2018 **

Self-Management is a training course and peer support group for people who have experienced mental distress living in Southwark.  During the course, participants will learn a set of problem solving and goal setting techniques taught by people with lived experience, who have “been there” themselves.   When the course has finished, it will become a regular group where people will work together to use what they have learned to overcome the challenges of daily life.


Some of the benefits of Self-Management have included:

  • Feeling more in control of distress
  • Increased feelings of confidence
  • Healthier lifestyles
  • Improved relationships
  • Empowering people to move forward with their lives


The course will take place in the Thames Reach Employment Academy, and will run on Wednesdays 2-5pm, on 22nd November, 29th November, 6th December and 13th December.


Involvement Criteria:

  • Live in Southwark or have a Southwark GP
  • Have experience of using mental health services, or identify as having mental health issues
  • Have enthusiasm for the idea of self-management
  • Be able to engage safely within a group
  • Be contactable by phone
  • Be available for the four Half Day sessions and the follow up sessions


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What Does Participating in self-management courses involve?
In order to participate in a self-management course you will need to attend all four of the half day training courses, which are facilitated by people with lived experience of mental distress.  These individuals are already successful self-managers, who will guide you through a range of “simple and easy to use” learning planning and problem solving techniques.  These will be followed by six two-hour groups which could be held fortnightly in order to review and practise using the self-management techniques you have learned.   It is also an opportunity for you to build up your social networks with the other group members you have been working with.

What happens if I can’t think of any examples to use to practise the goal setting and problem solving techniques on?
As part of the course involves learning to use a series of goal setting and problem solving techniques you will be asked to think of examples from your own lives.  This is because when people with experience of mental distress work together, they often find that expertise and problem solving ideas lie within other members.

However, we know that sometimes people don’t want to discuss personal issues within the group or struggle to think of things they would like to improve.  We would suggest that it might be helpful to start thinking about smaller things to begin with, before using what you have learned on the bigger things you’d like to tackle.  If the expertise can’t be found within the other group members or the self-management trainers, you will be able to work together to identify where this can be found.

How many people will be on the course?
There will be around 10-12 on each self-management course, but sometimes the group gets smaller over time.

Will there be any staff involved within the training?
The training will be delivered by people with experience of mental distress, who have previously attended the course.  However, staff will be on hand to support them on an ongoing basis within the Southwark Hub.

Who Do I need to contact if I can’t attend on the day?
If for any reason you are unable to attend the self-management course we would be grateful if you could let us know as soon as possible.  Please contact Joy or Nia on 0203 751 9684 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or

Do I need to bring anything with me?
No, all materials will be required including a printed self-management manual for you to keep.

How much does it cost?
Self-Management courses don’t cost anything; all we ask is that you are free during the times when the course and “follow up” sessions are due to take place.

What expenses can I claim, when and how?
Unfortunately, we are unable to cover any expenses related to you attending the course.


Feel free to contact the hub if you have any questions!


November 22, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Nia Roberts
020 3751 9684


Thames Reach Employment Academy
29 Peckham Road London SE5 8UA United Kingdom + Google Map