Adolescence is a high-risk time for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Living Life to the Full course is a face-to-face course designed to help people deal with everyday life’s challenges by learning helpful skills using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) principles. It was developed for adults by an international expert and adapted for Canadian youth by youth in 2014.
In 8 playful weekly 1.5-hour sessions, the course covers topics such as combatting low mood and isolation, problem-solving, healthy thinking, managing anger and anxiety, and boosting self-esteem. This evidence-based program has been proven to increase well-being and resilience to prevent mental health problems. The vast […]
Chris Williams, author of Living Life to the Full, recently published a research paper in The British Journal of Psychology. This key paper assesses the effectiveness of Living Life to the Full on symptoms of depression, anxiety and social function at 6 months. It is the first study that has explored the value of written CBT resources for low mood and stress delivered via a course of self-help classes in a community setting.
It shows that delivery by charities can both recruit people who often aren’t accessing health service care PLUS is an effective and cost effective treatment for depression. Symptoms are improved and the intervention is cost neutral: the costs […]
Living Life to the Full is currently offered to caregivers 55+ who provide unpaid support for family members or friends in need as part of the ENRICHES Collaborative in Toronto area.
Click here to read the interim report published in May 2017.