Stress Control Classes
Stress Control is a six session class. Each session lasts for 90
minutes. Stress Control was devised by Jim White, a clinical
psychologist in Glasgow, to help the large number of people who
complained of stress and who were keen to learn how to tackle their
Each session deals with a separate aspect of stress but as they
all link together, it is important to attend as many of the
sessions as possible. Each step is one piece of the jigsaw. Only by
putting all the steps together will you get the full picture. The
aim of the course is to teach you new skills that can fight stress.
The following topics are covered on the course
- Learning about stress
- Controlling your body
- Controlling your thoughts
- Controlling your actions
- Controlling panic and sleep problems
- How to become more assertive, wellbeing and controlling
Classes will be running throughout Lanarkshire throughout
the year so you will find a class near you.
92 Stress Control
Classes were completed between April 2012-September 2015 in
local community facilities supported via one direct referral point
(including self referral). 2,817 booked
places. Results show high levels of satisfaction and attendance.
Outcomes as measured via the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Health &
Well-being Seven Point Scale show an average score of
18 at week one rising to 22 at
week four and 24 at week
six, 77% of participants are from the
three most deprived quintiles. It would have taken over
10,928 clinical sessions to deliver the programme
on an individual basis. A further 30 classes will be delivered in
Lanarkshire between April 2016 & March 2017.
Quotes from evaluation: "Stress
Control Classes saved my life.""Fantastic for me. Helped me to
realise what was going on in my mind and body. Has helped me to
think clearer and normalise my mind. Many thanks for your help.
Would recommend stress control classes to friends. Very relaxed and
non-threatening atmosphere. Good that you can just come and listen
and not feel judged."
To book your place on a Stress Control course, click here.
Common Questions about the Course
Will I have to talk in front of other people?No Stress Control
is not a group therapy.
Stress Control is a class - all the seats face the front. The
person teaching the course will stand at the front and teach you
all about stress and how to tackle it. Your job is to pick up the
new skills, to go off and work at what you have learned. You come
back the next week, learn the next step until, after the six weeks,
you will be in a good position to tackle your stress.
What if I meet someone I know? You may do. Stress is a very
common problem and hundreds of people do the course each year
inBritain. Everyone is in the same boat. As we don't discuss
personal problems, you don't get to know much about why others are
Will there be others on the course like me? Stress affects
people from all walks of life. Although no two people will have
exactly the same problems, you will all have a lot in common. You
will find it hard to relax, you will worry a great deal, you will
have lost confidence and a sense of control. You may well be
depressed by this. Life will just be a lot harder to cope with.
Can I bring someone with me? Yes. Bring them for a bit of
support or for them to learn about stress. They may be under a lot
of stress as well so they might be helped. They can also learn
about the best ways to help you. The two of you can then fight it
What if I'm not better at the end of the course? Stress
Control is a training not a therapy course. This means that you
will learn many new skills over the next few weeks but it is in the
months after that the hard work takes place to master these
What if I panic or make a fool of myself? How often do you think
you are going to make a fool of yourself and how often do you? It
is a common fear but the course is very down to earth. You will be
in control. If you have a pattern of panic in busy places, work out
ways to cope with this - bring someone with you, sit at the back at
the door for the first few sessions. Feel free to wander out at any
time and get a breath of fresh air.
What if I'm not clever enough to understand it? Stress Control
is straight-forward but there can be a problem with concentration.
This is common with stress. You will be given handouts to read at
your leisure to reinforce what is covered in the classes.
For more information contact Stress Control: 0300