Free Health Course


Are you struggling with a long term health condition?

Next month we're starting a free six week NHS programme, HOPE, aimed at building confidence and learning how to better manage your condition, including mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.

The HOPE Programme (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively), and is based on a course developed by the University of Coventry to help people cope better with long-term medical conditions. It runs on Tuesdays, 6-9pm, November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd and 10th.

This is run by NHS health and social care professionals as well as volunteers living with a long term heath condition.The programme helps you to focus on you as a person, not as a long-term condition. It helps you to discover new strengths and rediscover old ones to keep yourself well. It also aims to boost your self-confidence and resilience, to help you cope better emotionally, psychologically and practically with your condition. This is not therapy but more therapeutic!

The course will help you:

  • Feel more able to support and share your experiences with others to help you feel less isolated.
  • Feel reassured and able to recognise your own potential and enhance your happiness and quality of life.
  • Feel more confident in dealing with emotional issues such as: anxiety, anger, depression and uncertainty.
  • Increase your ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Discover how to use relaxation techniques to refresh your mind and body.
  • Learn how to make plans and achieve goals that can help you make changes for the better.
  • Use the skills from the course to improve and self-manage your life.

We aim to have between 6 – 12 people on each course to ensure everyone’s contribution, and feeling more of a group. Time on the course will be spent in discussions, fun group activities and sharing information. There will also be some suggestions and ideas to try between each session to build your confidence.

On each course you will find:

  • A warm, friendly atmosphere
  • Support when you need it
  • General small group discussions on topics such as:
    • Managing fatigue
    • Getting more active
    • Feeling good
    • Goal setting
    • Gratitude Diary
    • Managing stress
    • Communication

How to Book A Place on the Programme

This free programme is run by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust - to find out more please contact Olivia Weight: Tel 01803 210493 or