Course aims to help women beat depression

DEPRESSION is an epidemic in Australia with about one million people affected every year, according to beyondblue.

To help beat the blues, the Women's Health & Resource Centre in Lismore is running a six-week course called Out of the Blues.

The course, developed by Women's Health Matters, will provide the chance to learn skills to manage moods creatively.

Counsellor Christina Henry said the course was suitable for women with a range of experiences from frequent low moods to clinical depression.

"We use cognitive therapy, positive psychology and self-esteem exercises in the course," Ms Henry said.

"The women will learn to identify what triggers moods, what patterns they have and strategies for lifting moods," she said.

Learning in a group environment was enriching and supportive, she said.

"People realise they are not the alone, that other women have similar experiences," she said.

The cost is $15 plus a $2 donation for each morning tea. Bookings open today and places are limited.

The course will run on Mondays from October 20 to November 24, 10.30am to 1pm.

For details call 6621 9800.

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