Training Courses

Darlington Mind offers a range of self-help and personal development courses. These courses aim to help you to develop a personal tool kit of skills, to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing, improve your ability to cope with difficult life events and enable you to be more flexible in your approach to the different challenges in life.

  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Greater understanding and control over health and mental wellbeing
  • Improved social connections
  • Access to stronger social networks and lasting social ties

These courses develop the coping strategies and emotional resilience of the attendees through training programmes delivered by a well-trained individual. The skills that these courses develop include:

  • The ability to prioritise life and work needs and goals
  • Increase in confidence, self-esteem and positive promotion of self
  • The ability to recognise non-resilient thinking patterns which can lead to counter-productive feelings and behaviours
  • Improve communication and relationships with others
  • Awareness of and ability to articulate the knowledge and skills gained
  • Increased motivation levels and desire to take action
  • Understanding of the connections between eating well and being at your best
  • More control over direction of life
  • Learning to be calm and focused

Comments and Testimonials

“It’s changing my life”

“The course has provided me with a lot of tools I can use to take my life forward”

“I enjoyed the group interaction and some of the techniques are very useful going forward for me. Overall an excellent well-constructed course”

“Everyone is very understanding and non-judgemental and I feel safe and happy when I am there”

“Definitely helped my mental wellbeing …”

Our Courses

Anxiety Management

Anxiety is a term to diagnose a person or to describe the symptoms a person is experiencing which can include (but are not limited to);

  • feeling uptight, irritable, wound up, tense or nervous
  • physical symptoms including increased heart rate, tension, sweating and breathlessness
  • worrying often and/or for long periods of time

Anxiety can be a general occurrence for an individual or linked to specific situations e.g. anxiety in social situations. Anxiety often causes us to avoid situations which make us feel anxious and this prevents us from living our life to the full. By learning about Anxiety and how to challenge it we can open the door to experiences we previously thought unreachable. If you have a formal diagnosis of Anxiety or if you are experiencing the symptoms of anxiety which are mentioned above then the Anxiety Management course might be beneficial for you.

During this course we will look at;

  • What is Anxiety?
  • Signs, symptoms, causes and effects of Anxiety
  • Anxiety reduction techniques including;
  • Challenging negative thoughts
  • Problem solving
  • Distraction
  • Relaxation

Building Assertiveness

Assertiveness is a method of communication used by individuals who want to express their thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a way that meets their needs whilst also respecting the thoughts, feelings and needs of others. Assertiveness is about expressing opinion, asking for what you want and saying “No” without guilt. A lack of Assertiveness can often go hand-in-hand with low levels of confidence and self-esteem.

Assertiveness allows us to meet our needs in a way that respects our individual rights but also respects those of others. It allows us control over how we interact with others and how others interact with us. It prevents us from feeling “walked over” by others or resentful that our needs are not being met. It can reduce our fear of being criticised by others.

Assertiveness is considered to be an interpersonal skill which will benefit any individual in any walk of life. If you can relate to feeling;

  • resentful towards others when your needs aren’t met
  • “pushed around” or “walked over”
  • unable to express your feelings due to fears of criticism, or
  • feelings of guilt or blame about how you have handled a situation then our Building Assertiveness course may be for you.

During this course we will look at;

  • What is Assertiveness?
  • Passive, aggressive and passive-aggressive behaviour
  • Misconceptions about Assertiveness
  • Assertiveness techniques including
  • Using “I” statements
  • Broken record technique
  • Fogging
  • Positive and negative enquiries

Building Confidence & Self Esteem

Confidence is a feeling of capability. It is the feeling we have once we have accepted ourselves, both in body and mind, and have belief on our abilities and knowledge. We may feel more confident in some situations than we do in others. Low confidence often stems from fear of the unknown, unpreparedness, perceived or actual failure and receiving criticism (from others or self-criticism).

Self esteem is the value we place on how much we feel we are worth. Our happiness with certain aspects of ourselves such as our appearance, abilities, knowledge etc. adds up to our overall level of self esteem. If we feel unhappy with many aspects of ourselves, we are likely to have low self esteem. Having a low self esteem is often linked to being low in confidence however this is not always the case.

Confidence and self esteem are not a set of skills or rules which you can learn but are reflections of your state of mind. By exploring how you feel about yourself, the reasons why you feel this way and ways to challenge these thoughts, you can begin to view yourself in a different way and improve your confidence and self esteem.

If you find yourself lacking trust in your own abilities and decision making skills, if you can relate to using words like “useless”, “worthless” and “failure” when describing yourself or if you are unhappy with aspects of who you are then our Building Confidence & Self Esteem course may be for you.

During this course we will look at;

  • What is confidence & self esteem?
  • The impact of low confidence & self esteem
  • Challenging negative thoughts
  • Feel good activities
  • Practical tips to build confidence

Depression Management

Depression is a term used to diagnose a person or to describe the symptoms a person is experiencing which can include (but are not limited to);

  • continuous low mood / sadness / melancholy
  • little or no interest in doing things
  • feeling hopeless or helpless
  • feeling irritable and intolerant of others / moodiness
  • difficulty in making decisions
  • getting no enjoyment out of life

Depression is a definable medical condition which can be diagnosed however many people living with depression do so without any diagnosis, medical intervention or treatment.

By learning about Depression; the signs and symptoms, the causes and the effects of living with this condition, you can gain more control over how you let Depression affect you. By learning new tools and skills to manage your mood, you can take action when you recognise the Depression taking a hold and prevent Depression from taking control of you.

If you have a formal diagnosis of Depression or if you are experiencing the symptoms of depression which are mentioned above then the Depression course might be beneficial for you.

During this course we will look at;

  • What is Depression?
  • Signs, symptoms, causes & effects of Depression
  • Challenging negative thoughts
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Goal planning


Mindfulness is a learned technique which uses both body and mind to increase awareness of our thoughts and feelings so that we can better manage them. It uses relaxation, meditation and concepts of “living in the present moment” to equip us with knowledge about what we are thinking and how we are feeling so that we become less overwhelmed.

Mindfulness allows us to focus upon the present moment rather than concerning ourselves with what has happened in the past or what may happen in the future. It allows us to experience our thoughts and feelings without placing judgement upon them. It also allows our brain time to “rest and recharge”, enabling us to cope with chaotic lives and day-to-day stresses.

Mindfulness has been used as a therapeutic technique with people suffering stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours and has been proven to be useful in all cases. Mindfulness can be used to cope with negative experiences, enabling us to be observers of our experiences and allowing us to be more accepting of them.

We offer an Introduction to Mindfulness course which looks at;

  • The fundamentals of Mindfulness
  • The science of Mindfulness
  • The benefits of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness techniques, practices and exercises

Attendees of the Introduction to Mindfulness course can then go on to attend Advanced Mindfulness with us.

Building Resilience

Resilience is our ability to successfully adapt when we are faced with stressful events. Being resilient is not about avoiding these events but how we work through painful emotions and the meaning we put on the experiences we have. Some definitions describe resilience as the ability to “bounce back” from adversity.

Resilience skills are a set of thinking and self-management skills that develop throughout our lives. The good news is that the set of flexible thoughts, behaviours and emotional responses that make up resilience skills can be learned and developed. This course aims to help you build these skills and improve your overall mental wellbeing.

Anyone can benefit from the overview of Emotional Resilience which is provided in this course. You do not have to be diagnosed with or identify yourself as having a mental health condition or difficulty to benefit from improved awareness of your emotional wellbeing.

During this course we will look at;

  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Thinking styles
  • Stress
  • External influences
  • Goal planning
  • Coping strategies

Better Sleep

Sleep is a period of time which our bodies require to recharge and be able to operate at its optimal level. Often sleep problems can be the cause or effect of other mental health difficulties.

Sometimes we take for granted that we will be able to sleep and that our body will control this without any conscious effort. Unfortunately there are a lot of factors which can influence the quality of our sleep and by managing some of these factors we can improve our sleep. This can help us manage other mental health difficulties we might be having as a consequence of bad sleep.

If you can relate to having difficulties concerning sleep including;

  • inability to fall asleep
  • inability to stay asleep
  • sleeping too much or too little
  • disturbed sleep

then the Sleep course maybe for you.

During this course we will look at;

  • Facts about sleep
  • Causes of sleep problems
  • Dangers associated with poor sleep
  • Tips and techniques for improving sleep

Stress Management

Stress is not a mental health condition in itself but often the symptom or a contributing factor towards some mental health conditions. Stress is caused by pressure or demands put upon us either internally (i.e. from our own expectations) or externally (i.e. from others). Stress is a normal part of day-to-day living but when the stress becomes unmanageable, it manifests in psychological, physical and behavioural ways and this is when we need to take action.

Stress management skills allow us to better cope with the demands placed upon us. It enables us to feel resilient against what life has to throw at us, to cope with unexpected and stressful events as well as the ability to cope with everyday living.

Most of us can probably relate to feeling “stressed” at some point in our lives. Better stress management can be of use for everyone however may be specifically beneficial for you if;

  • you are struggling to meet the demands of day-to-day living
  • you are feeling overwhelmed or under pressure or,
  • your stress levels are leading to low mood, depression and/or anxiety

During this course we will look at;

  • Signs and symptoms of stress
  • Causes of stress
  • Identifying personal triggers for stress
  • Stress management techniques including
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking styles
  • Problem solving
  • Relaxation
  • Lifestyle changes

If you are interested in attending any of the above courses, please contact us now to enquire about training dates and fees.

Mental Health Awareness and Bespoke Training

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness will provide individuals with a basic understanding of mental health. Attendees can expect to gain knowledge of common mental health conditions, including the signs and symptoms of these. They will look at case studies and discuss how they might respond to certain situations. They will receive knowledge of how they can support people with their mental health, and how and where they might signpost to for additional support. Attendees will receive a booklet which they can take away and refer to at a later date.

The benefits that employers can enjoy from taking on board the knowledge gained during this course include;

  • Reduction in staff sickness/absence
  • Improved staff retention
  • A healthier and more resilient workplace
  • Improved morale of staff
  • Improved customer service
  • Improved staff commitment

This course is suitable for those with little to no knowledge of mental health. This course will not enable you to diagnose or treat people with mental health conditions however will give you the skills to support them to access the professional help they need.

During this course we will;

  • Gain an awareness of Mental Health; what it is and how it relates to you as in individual
  • Gain knowledge of some common mental health conditions, their symptoms and effects
  • Learn how you can support others with their mental health

Bespoke Training

As well as our Mental Health Awareness training we can also design, develop and deliver bespoke training packages to suit your needs.

This training can be delivered within your setting or we can deliver it at our premises on Borough Road. We can also provide refreshments and/or lunch as required for your individual needs, served by our Mood Food Café.

Training packages can vary from the less-intense one-hour introductory sessions, a three-hour workshop or one of our more in-depth full-day sessions.

Examples of bespoke training we have developed previously include…

  • Mental Health Awareness and Resilience for Students
  • Mental Health Awareness for Managers
  • Mental Health Awareness for Employees
  • Resilience in the Workplace
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Mental Health Mentor Training

We can meet with you to discuss your organisational training needs and work with you to develop a bespoke training package for a competitive fee. So, to find a training solution that works for you and your organisation, please contact us now!