The people of Lanarkshire can take advantage of a free online stress control resource that provides advice and support and helps deal with anxiety and stress during these challenging times.
Stress Control is a six-session class developed in Scotland and now run around the world. It teaches Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills to help deal with common problems such as anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing.
NHS Lanarkshire psychological services staff run free Stress Control classes across the 10 localities all-year round. However, the Covid-19 pandemic means these classes can’t be held at present.
So, because you can’t go to Stress Control, Stress Control is coming to you.
Dr Jim White, the creator of Stress Control, is running free online sessions beginning on Monday 13 April. Each session will be streamed twice a day – at 2pm, repeated at 8:30pm – on Mondays and Thursdays. All of these classes will be led by Dr White, a consultant clinical psychologist and world-renowned expert in common mental health problems.
Dr Simon Stuart, clinical psychologist with NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Stress Control has already benefited thousands of people across Lanarkshire. In these very challenging times, it’s more valuable than ever that people can continue to get access to this kind of high-quality intervention. Everyone will find something to benefit them from Dr White’s excellent idea.”
Dr Gary Tanner, NHS Lanarkshire’s director of psychological services, added: “With people currently unable to attend Stress Control groups in person, these virtual classes, streamed twice-weekly via YouTube across the UK, will help people find ways to manage stress, anxiety, and low mood. Each class is supported by a series of useful booklets.”
For more information go to http://stresscontrol.org, where you can learn more about the classes, find all the dates, and get the link to the YouTube channel where the sessions will be streaming. Each class runs for 90 minutes, with a 10-minute break in the middle, and there are six in total.
Stress Control online is likely to be a useful source of help, advice and support for everyone in Lanarkshire during these challenging times.
Below you will find a collection of questions and answers relating to the Stress Control Classes
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.
Stress is a very common problem and hundreds of people do the course each year in Britain. Everyone is in the same boat. As we don't discuss personal problems, you don't get to know much about why others are coming.
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.
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 together.
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 skills.
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.