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Devon Mind x Step One

We’re joining forces with Devon Mind to offer more mental health support to people in Devon – when they need it most.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of the nation. In Devon, an area heavily reliant on tourism and hospitality, the cost of Covid-19 on the mental health of people in the county has yet to be reckoned. In June of last year, estimates suggested as many as 12,500 people in Devon would be seeking support for their mental health as a result of coronavirus, and as we emerge from a third national lockdown that figure is likely to rise significantly.

Both Devon Mind and Step One have looked at new ways to deliver their services to make sure the support we offer is accessible to as many people as possible. Our BeWell@StepOne service was borne from a strong desire to respond to Devon’s mental health needs in the ongoing crisis. Devon Mind has similarly sought to offer online mental health support and it became clear that by working together we can create better outcomes for people across the county and collectively we can tackle poor mental health in our communities.

We have launched Devon Mind x Step One as a strong, positive response to Covid-19 for the people of Devon – together we can draw on our resources and specialist knowledge to offer mental health support for as many people as possible, at a time when it is most needed.

It is estimated that at least 12,500 people in Devon will seek support for their mental health as a result of the pandemic

Working together for better mental health across Devon

The Devon Mind Step One Collaboration offers highly accessible and free to access digital mental health and wellbeing support through a unique blended approach to delivery. By working together we bring the best Devon has to offer in online mental health support through a mix of:

  • Live modular courses
  • Pre-recorded webinars
  • Bite-size briefings and workshops

We understand that by working together we can offer a greater choice and a wider range of programmes for people looking for support.

These are the courses and workshops currently available to book

Matrescence: The Process of Motherhood

This seminar highlights the emotional rollercoaster of motherhood as compared with the process of adolescence. We will explore topics such as fantasy vs. reality, guilt and shame, and the concept of ‘The Good Enough Mother’. The session will also help you to identify techniques that could alleviate the stress and negative thinking often experienced by new mums.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Devon Mind
Start date: Wednesday 23rd March
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm (1.5 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Writing & Poetry Workshop: Personal Stories

Whether you’re a prolific poet, have a private anthology of your writing, or have never written before, join us to meet other writers and would-be writers with lived experience to discuss inspiration, the cathartic process of writing, and have a go at writing individually and together from a variety of prompts on the topic of challenging experiences.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Devon Mind
Start date: Wednesday, 23 March
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

The H.O.P.E Course (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively)

Over the six weeks of this course, you will work with trained facilitators to build your confidence and learn ways to help you better manage your long-term condition, including mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Format: 6 x live sessions (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Wednesday 30th March
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Writing & Poetry Workshop: Personal Stories

Whether you’re a prolific poet, have a private anthology of your writing, or have never written before, join us to meet other writers and would-be writers with lived experience to discuss inspiration, the cathartic process of writing, and have a go at writing individually and together from a variety of prompts on the topic of challenging experiences.

Format: 1 x live workshop
Provider: Devon Mind
Start date: Monday 4th April
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Supporting Parents with their Mental Health

This workshop aims to improve awareness of perinatal mental illnesses, and is aimed at staff and volunteers who run community groups for new parents. These don’t need to be formal mental health groups – they could include groups such as baby sensory, peer support groups, and so on.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Devon Mind
Start date: Thursday 7th April
Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm (1.5 hours)
Location:Online via Zoom

Writing & Poetry Workshop: Personal Stories​

Whether you’re a prolific poet, have a private anthology of your writing, or have never written before, join us to meet other writers and would-be writers with lived experience to discuss inspiration, the cathartic process of writing, and have a go at writing individually and together from a variety of prompts on the topic of challenging experiences.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Devon Mind
Start date: Monday 11th April
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Starting a Conversation About Mental Health for Communities

This 3-hour workshop will provide you with tips to make those tough conversations easier to have and how to start conversations with those who need help.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Thursday 14th April
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (3 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Managing Your Anger


Managing Your Anger is a 4-week course that will help you understand the anger emotion, teach you how to identify and deal with personal anger triggers and how to effectively deal with others when anger arises. This course isn’t about making anger disappear, but using anger in a healthy and controlled way.

Format: 4 x live sessions (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Tuesday 19th April
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Looking After Your Mental Health as a Parent

This series of workshops aims to equip parents and parents-to-be with knowledge and skills for managing their own mental health.

Format: 5 x live sessions
Provider: Devon M
Start date: Tuesday 26th April
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Changing Negative Self-Talk


In this 2-hour workshop, we will help you understand your thinking patterns, and different strategies to help you change negative thoughts into positive ones or make them have less of an effect.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Wednesday 11th May
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Wellbeing and Resilience


This 4-week online course will look at ways you can become more resilient and help you to recognise the strengths that you already have so that you can take better care of yourself.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Wednesday 11th May
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

The H.O.P.E Course (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively)

Over the six weeks of this course, you will work with trained facilitators to build your confidence and learn ways to help you better manage your long-term condition, including mental health issues such as anxiety and depression

Format: 6 x live session (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Monday 30th May
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm (1.5 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Starting a Conversation About Mental Health for Communities

This 3-hour workshop will provide you with tips to make those tough conversations easier to have and how to start conversations with those who need help.

Format: 1 x live workshop(online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Monday 6th June
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (3 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Food and Mood

This 2-hour workshop examines the importance of our relationship with food and the effect of certain foods on our mental health. We explore why we comfort eat and what foods are good for our mental health.

Format: 1 x live workshop (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Wednesday 8th June
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

Behavioural Activation

This 4-week online course will allow you to explore strategies associated with behavioural activation, helping you to break the cycle of depression and build up the confidence and motivation to tackle depressive states.

Format: 4 x live session (online)
Provider: Step One
Start date: Wednesday 15th June
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm (2 hours)
Location: Online via Zoom

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