Eight-week CMHA course will help participants live life to the fullest

Canadian Mental Health Association Delta has a course starting next month to help people feel better.

Living Life to the Full is an eight-session weekly series for young adults and up that is based on cognitive behavioural therapy. It will be held in North Delta beginning March 2.

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Cognitive behavioural therapy helps people understand they have control over a lot more than they think, said CMHA Delta executive director Judy Gray.

"It's not what happens to us in life, it's how we interpret it. This helps people look at how they're interpreting things and how to do it differently," she said.

The course could help people dealing with depression, low mood and anxiety or those that feel anxious.

"If you're not happy with how things are going we can help you with tips and tools to get you out of those ruts," Gray said.

Living Life to the Full was created by Dr. Chris Williams, a professor of psychosocial psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. The CMHA has the rights to present the course in Canada.

"This is a very practical application that will help people feel better immediately," said Carolyn Bell, who will be facilitating the course.

She noted the information will be given in a group setting and that individual learning styles will be taken into consideration and respected.

A small book is used each session. Participants get to practice whatever the lesson is in each session.

Living Life to the Full runs from 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. on Saturdays starting March 2. It costs $150. The course will be held at 11715-72nd Ave., North Delta.

Gray said CHMA Delta is looking at holding the course in South Delta and noted if people are interested CMHA will keep a waitlist.

For more information, contact 604-943-1878, info. delta@cmha.bc.ca or visit www.LLTTF.ca.


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