The Aware Life Skills Online is a free educational programme offered to adults aged 18 and over, which is delivered online. Participants complete the modules online, in their own time, over eight consecutive weeks. Each participant will also be partnered with a ‘supporter’, a trained Aware volunteer. We encourage participants to complete all modules to get the maximum benefit from the programme.
With the help of a series of easy-to-follow modules and your supporter, you can learn how to manage feelings of stress, worry, anxiety or depression, and learn simple and practical skills to help cope with life’s challenges. Life Skills Online is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). If you would like to know more about CBT, please click here.
Each participant in Aware’s Life Skills Online programme is supported on a one-to-one basis by our volunteers. This means that there is a limit to the number of people who can take part in the programme at any one time.
The next programme will open for registration on
Monday 26 March 2018 at 4pm.
Is Life Skills Online for me?
If the statements below apply to you, then you could benefit from this programme.
- I currently experience signs of stress, anxiety or mild to moderate depression
- I would like to make some changes in my life and am prepared to try new ways of dealing with life’s challenges
- I am not currently experiencing a major life event such as a recent bereavement, major relationship problem or a significant trauma
- I can commit to engaging with an Aware volunteer supporter over the eight weeks of the programme.
- I have access to a computer and an internet connection.
- I have basic reading skills and am comfortable using a computer.
- I feel I can concentrate and give my attention for the duration of the eight-week programme.
The Development of Life Skills Online
Life skills online is a partnership between Aware and SilverCloud health. SilverCloud health evolved out of the Technology Enhanced Therapy (TET) project, a three year translational research project undertaken jointly by the National Digital Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin and Parents Plus, Mater University Hospital in Ireland. Prior to this, the project underwent seven years of direct academic research at Trinity College Dublin.
There is a brief evaluation questionnaire at the beginning of the programme as well as follow-on evaluations. These questionnaires help us to understand how the programme impacts on participants’ level of mood. All information is treated confidentially (within normal limits) and no personal information is used by Aware when measuring the evaluations. The results help us to ensure our programmes are effective and helpful for users of the service. The questionnaire should take just a couple of minutes of your time.
An RCT carried out showed that Life Skills Online achieves statistically significant decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety at the end of the eight week programme. These improvements were maintained at 3 month and 6 month follow ups.
There is excellent evidence that CBT works for the treatment of anxiety and mild to moderate depression and many previous participants of our Life Skills Online programme have found it to be hugely beneficial to them. Read some of the great feedback from people who have already participated in our Life Skills Online programme:
- “Allowed me to separate and identify issues I cannot fix"
- "I thought it made a big difference to me but when my wife cried and said she got her husband back I was blown away, I didn’t realise she felt this way in the first place so it was amazing to know I have changed."