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Online short course - Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness

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Our highly-praised free online short course begins again on June 15th 2020. Register you interest via the link below to recieve updates:

How do our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations interact?
What symptoms should we look out for, and what treatment options and sources of support are available for people dealing with chronic health problems?
How do depression and anxiety impact chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease?

Since launching this short course Integrating Care: Depression, Anxiety and Physical Illness in 2018, over 19,000 people across the world have enrolled, and the feedback received has been extremely positive.


“This course has been a life changer for me, and I finally understand the mind and body link. Excellent examples and very brave honest and open people that will have helped so many people know that it is ok to feel like this and that there is help available should you need it.”

“I have been very impressed with the presentation and content quality of the course. It has been thoroughly thought provoking and immersive. The varied teaching methods and views of other participants have been very helpful.”

“I absolutely loved doing this course, I learnt so much and really enjoyed the way it was put together. Thank you so much! Thank you everyone for your comments too, I felt part of something, without actually meeting up.”

“Thank you for an outstanding course. I have taken dozens of short courses and your video interviews are among the best I have seen. Brilliant!”

“Thank you to all involved with this course. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying and have found it to be insightful and thought provoking. Well designed, and really well structured so the learning is modulated and the concepts are grasped before the next topic is introduced. Highly recommended. Thank you all again. Looking forward to taking my education further.”


Whether you work in or are studying healthcare, are a patient or carer, understanding how the mind and body interact can help manage the emotional impact of illness more effectively.

Click here for more information or to sign up today.

Read a blog from Zac Hanna, a medical student, service user and interviewer for the course, on his experience of living with a chronic physical health condition: My body is broken, but my mind is healing.

What topics would you cover on the course? 

  • Overview of the mind and body link and why it matters
  • The impact of depression and anxiety on health and quality of life
  • Approaches to integrating mental and physical healthcare
  • Communication skills to overcome barriers to talking about distress in illness
  • Challenges to identifying depression and anxiety in people with a physical illness
  • Assessment and management of suicide risk
  • Self-care techniques and sources of support for depression and anxiety
  • Treatment options, including talking therapies and medication

By the end of the course, you will be able to: 

  • Explain the mind-body link, and how mental and physical illness interact
  • Describe the key risk factors, signs and symptoms, and challenges to identifying depression and anxiety in people with a physical illness
  • Initiate conversations about mental health and deal effectively with barriers to discussing depression and anxiety
  • Demonstrate knowledge of practical coping strategies, treatment options and sources of support for people with depression/anxiety and a physical illness
  • Evaluate suicide risk and explain when and how to take action
  • Reflect on how healthcare services can provide better care for people with depression / anxiety and a physical illness


For more information and to sign-up for free, please go to:


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