Living Life to the Full Life Skills Programme

Living Life to the Full Life Skills Programme






Distress, low mood and worry are the major mental health problems of the 21st Century and affect more than one in three of us at some time. Treatments are mainly either with antidepressant medication or are psychological (the so-called talking therapies).

Psychological treatments are popular and  approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) have been shown to be effective however access to specialist  therapy services is often  limited. There is a need to develop new ways of accessing these psychological treatments that are effective and easily available. The Living Life to the Full course aims to provide easy access to CBT skills - and does so in a way that cuts through jargon. By empowering users to understand why they feel as they do, and to learn new ways of improving how they feel the course aims to provide ready access to key information. The course is based on "Helping people to help themselves". A crucial element is to inform, educate and teach key life skills. The course is supported by a series of CBT self-help workbooks  that can be used between the e-learning sessions. They encourage the reader to put what they are learning into practice, and to stop, think and reflect on what is being learned.

Self-help materials are increasingly available and are popular with the general public and health care practitioners. Any good bookshop is likely to have a significantly sized self-help section. Self-help books are often amongst the top ten best-selling books. In America and Great Britain, a number of self-help materials have been assessed and been shown to be effective. A review of 40 self-help studies from 1974 to 1990 identified that some types of problem such as anxiety and depression are more likely to be amenable to change than others (Gould and Clum, 1993).

The Living Life to the Full course uses this popular self-help format, and also the CBT model which has a proven effectiveness in helping people develop life skills that help them tackle feelings of low mood, stress and distress

Swansea University Wellbeing Service, Student’s Union Advice Centre, Community Liaison Officer and Student Experiences Officers will be delivering eight 90-minute sessions, designed to help you tackle the everyday problems that everyone faces from time to time. 

It teaches key life skills that can help you feel better, happier and more in control of your life!  You’ll also meet new people and have a lot of fun in a non-threatening way. Be assured, you won’t be asked or pressured to provide any information you don’t want to. You can get further details and the opportunity to try online ‘taster’ sessions via this link

How do I book my place?

You can register for your place on the course by contacting the Students’ Union Advice centre by visiting their office in Fulton house, telephoning 01792 295821 or emailing

This Living life to the full course is open to all enrolled students at Swansea University and you need to make a commitment to try and attend all eight sessions.