Self-health logoSelf Health – Mental Wellbeing Project

‘Self Health’ is part of a government funded National Adult Education Mental Health Research Project.  As part of this project we are delivering free courses in a range of subjects and measuring their impact on the mental wellbeing of those with mild to moderate mental health challenges. Click here to view the Self Health Courses Brochure.

It is hoped to show, through this research, that adult education courses can have a positive effect on people’s mental health and benefit hundreds of adults across the country.  This evidence would help to secure government funding for adult education providers for the years to come.

Friends Centre is one of a number of partners working together to deliver courses to adults across the city.  Our partners include:logos

  • The Bridge Community Education Centre
  • MindOut
  • PACA Adult Learning
  • Varndean College Adult & Community Learning
  • The Whitehawk Inn


Who Can Attend?

These courses are specifically for those with mild to moderate mental health concerns.

We have been given guidelines about who can attend the courses.  People can only attend one Self Health course so that as many people as possible to take part in the research project.

If you have already attended a Self Health course between September 2015 and July 2016 you will not be able to attend another long course but you can attend the short ‘top up’ sessions which we will run.


How to Enrol

Enrolling on a Self Health course is different to enrolling on other courses.  Please read through the following information about IAG & the Self-Assessment Forms so that you can find out about what’s involved and the sort of questions you’ll be asked.

Each course provider will be managing their own enrolments so please contact the individual course provider to enrol on your desired course.  For example, if you wish to attend a course provided by the Whitehawk Inn, you would need to contact the Whitehawk Inn to enrol.  Contact details are provided for each centre, below the course listings.

You must be 19 or over to enrol and have lived within the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years.

To enrol on a Friends Centre course please email [email protected] or call us on 01273 810210.


Your Data

These courses are part of a research project and to enable us to conduct our research, anyone enrolling must consent their data to be used for research purposes, this includes any information given on the enrolment form and the self-assessment forms.  The data will be used by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), The Department for Education (DfE) and our external evaluators or research agency.  If you do not wish for your data to be used in this way then you should not participate in any of the Self Health courses.


IAG & the Self-Assessment Forms

You will be asked to attend an Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) session.  This is an important part of the Self Health project, where you will look at your strengths, aspirations and barriers.  You will be asked to complete a self-assessment of your mental wellbeing before, during and at the end of the course. Depending on the centre you attend, you will be supported to make an action plan at the IAG session.

The self-assessment form will be completed in a 1:1 setting at the beginning of the course, but will be completed in a group setting during and at the end of the course.  You may find this form difficult or upsetting to complete as it covers a number of very personal questions about your mental health.  If you think that you would find this distressing then you may decide not to take part in the research project.  Alternative courses to support your mental health can be found at Brighton Recovery College or the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service.

The self-assessment form will consist of 23 questions, asking you to score your mental health and wellbeing using different tools.  The tools used to measure wellbeing are the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9), which measures the severity of depression, a Generalised Anxiety Disorder assessment (GAD7) and the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMBWS).  The self-assessment form will be completed at the initial IAG session, in session 1, session 3 and again at the end of the course.  The scores from the end of the course will be compared with those from the beginning and used to measure any improvements in mental wellbeing.

We are very keen to have both the ‘before’ and ‘after’ mental wellbeing scores from each research participant, as these form a large part of the research data.  If you are absent when the self-assessments are completed at the end of your course, we will send the form to you in the post along with a stamped address envelope and ask for it to be returned to Friends Centre, the lead partner in this project.


Mental Wellbeing course brochure

Many of the partners will be offering courses at their own centres. Enrolments will be managed by partners individually so if you’re interested in taking part in a course not being delivered by Friends Centre, you would need to contact the course provider to enrol.

When they are announced, you will be able to find details of the courses courses running at Friends Centre in the current Self Health brochure.

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