We understand how difficult a time this is for everybody, and particularly for people who experience long term health conditions.
As SLaM Recovery College is unable to offer any classroom-based workshops now, our team has been working behind the scenes to develop online content, including vlogs, webinars and e-learning.
These sessions are available to everyone, free of charge. You don’t need to be a SLaM Recovery College student or have any connection at all to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. We just ask that you answer a few questions and let us know which sessions you’d like to be a part of, using one of the registration forms links below, and we’ll then send you links to the webinars you’ve chosen.
Every Friday we will email you the details of the online learning we are offering in the following week.
N.B. If you can't make a particular live event you can still enrol and use the link we'll send you to watch a recording later on.
Here are this week’s webinars (5th-9th October). Two new courses this week!
Daily Mindfulness (you can attend as many or as few as you’d like):
Monday Mindfulness | 10:30am-11:15am | Monday 5th October
Tuesday Mindfulness | 10:30am-11:15am | Tuesday 6th October
This is a recording.
Wednesday Mindfulness | 10:30am-11:15am | Wednesday 7th October
Thursday Mindfulness | 10:30am-11:15am | Thursday 8th October
This session is a recording.
Friday Mindfulness | 10:30am-11:15am | Friday 9th October
NEW!! Recovering Our Purpose Part 1 (of 2) | 2:30pm-3:30pm | Monday 5th October
Having a purpose is a vital aspect in our personal recovery. Purpose brings direction and intention into our lives, and our intentions count for so much more than we usually think. Our purpose can be like a GPS for our lives, it can be a source of wisdom and energy enabling us to accomplish things we didn’t think were possible. But how are we to discover the distinctive direction and purpose of our lives? In this two-part course, drawing on the work of Jan Chozen Bays and others, we will work together to recover our purpose, navigate and reinvigorate our lives.
Understanding Anxiety Part 2 (of 4) | 10:30am-11:30am | Tuesday 6th October
Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Most people can relate to those anxious, butterfly feelings when doing something which feels uncertain or feeling fearful about sitting exams, having a medical, going to the dentist. It is a natural feeling and can be useful, as it warns us when we need to take action, when we may be in danger or can even help us to perform better.
Introduction to Beth (1 of 1) | 12noon-1pm | Tuesday 6th October
For service users, Beth is very friendly and overall easy to use and supports personal choice and autonomy. You can link your Beth account with your NHS number to access your health records and:
- see who is in your care team and support network
- securely message your care team
- access your current care plan
- see all your appointments
- keep track of your mood and sleep
- use online free and trusted health resources
NEW!! Understanding and Managing the Impact of Isolation on Mental Health (1 of 1) | 2:30pm-3:30pm | Tuesday 6th October
In this webinar, we are going to explore ways to cope with isolation and loneliness during the pandemic. We will be exploring how isolation can impact on different mental health conditions and tools we can use to self-manage during this challenging time.
Smoking and COVID-19 (1 of 1) | 11am-12noon | Wednesday 7th October
In this session, Mary Yates, Nurse Consultant in SLaM, outlines why it’s more important than ever before to quit smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will give an overview of the best ways to quit and how to access support. She will also explain why some researchers think that nicotine (NOT SMOKING!) may help protect against COVID-19.
Moving Towards Self-Compassion Part 3 (of 8) | 12noon-1pm | Wednesday 7th October
This eight-part course explores the idea of self-compassion and how this can lead to a greater sense of self-acceptance and empathy with other people. Each week, we will explore a different topic, practise some self-compassion exercises then reflect on our experience. There will be pre-session and post-session activities which you can complete at home. We hope this course would be of interest to and benefit anyone who might struggle with perfectionism or self-criticism. We also warmly welcome anyone curious about this course, and who enjoys reflecting on what it means to be human.
Understanding Depression Part 3 (of 4) | 2:30pm-3:30pm | Wednesday 7th October
This course runs over 4 sessions. It will focus on different aspects of depression. The content will cover:
- what depression is
- what its causes are
- what can get in the way of recovery from depression
- what professional support is available
- how we can help ourselves and support others.
There will be reflective practices/tasks between the sessions (see attached). This is not compulsory but may be helpful to prepare questions for the sessions.
Understanding the Impact of Substance Use on Mental Health Part 3 (of 3) | 2:30pm-3:30pm | Thursday 8th October
This three-part course explores the use of substances (drugs and alcohol) and their impact on mental wellbeing. At times, using substances can appear to be a solution but it often has a longer-term impact on our wellbeing.
During these sessions we will explore why this happens and what support is available to aid recovery.
FIRST TIME REGISTRATION, if you haven’t signed up to a webinar with us before (even if you are a SLaM Recovery College student):
RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION, if you have already signed up to a webinar with us before:
Please note: Microsoft Teams software is being used to deliver these sessions. If you are using a laptop or PC you'll be able to join via a web browser. If you are using a mobile phone or a tablet device to take part, you will need to visit the App Store (for iPad/iPhone) or Play Store (for Android tablet/phone) to download the Microsoft Teams app, but it's free and it's a very quick process. We will send you detailed joining guides for Android and iPad/iPhone, as well as laptop/PC, when we send you your webinar links. You will be able to join anonymously and no one will be able to see or hear you, but there's a Q&A component where you can type in questions or make comments.
Please feel free to share this offer of free-to-view webinars with anyone who you think might benefit.
Please check out our Webinar Rewinds page to catch up on any webinars you may have missed:
Visit our COVID_19 resources page for details of crisis support, covid-19 advice, online learning, online activities, and staying connected:
With very best wishes,
The team at South London and Maudsley Recovery College
Although these courses are free, SLaM Recovery College operates with charity funding. If you feel these webinars help you, and you are able to, please consider making a donation to the brilliant Maudsley Charity which supports innovative wellbeing projects in our communities.
There is, of course, no obligation to make a donation.
This is the link to make a donation if you’d like to: