Oxford Brookes Positive Minds Peer Support Group

Positive Minds is a 6 week course that is run to combat low mood and mild depression through educating people about positive changes and setting weekly goals. Please see below for a summary of the course to decide whether this course is right for you.

If you wish to join the course or want more information, please contact us:



Session 1: Introduction and Building Support Networks

This session will provide basic ground rules surrounding boundaries and confidentiality whilst allowing the group to get to know each other.
It also focusses on ways in which to build a support network in order to avoid isolation which can contribute to low mood.

Session 2: Stress Management

This session reflects on goals that were set the previous week before focussing on self-soothing methods to aid in coping with stress. Further goals will be set at the end of this session.

Session 3: Mornings and Sleep

As with every session, we start by reflecting on the goals of the previous weeks. This session focusses on ways in which people who struggle with mornings can make them easier through small changes and ways in which people who struggle to sleep may help to create healthier sleeping habits. Further goals are set in relation to these at the end of the session.

Session 4: Reflection on Progress and Food and Mood

The first part of this session takes the opportunity to reflect on what goals you have achieved and ways in which we may be able to make other goals more achievable. The second part of the session focusses on ways that eating habits may contribute to low mood and ways in which these can be changed. The second part of this session may be triggering to people with eating disorders, therefore we stress that there is no obligation to attend the second part if you do not feel able.

Session 5: Activity, Exercise and Relaxation

Lack of energy can be a sign of depression, however as increased activity can also raise mood, this session focusses on raising mood through increasing activity (even if just by small changes).
The second half of the session focusses instead on relaxation techniques as a way to boost mood and manage stress through soothing activities and mindfulness practice.

Session 6: Positive Socialising

The final session again focusses on the goals that have been set previously whilst reviewing what we have covered as a basis for further personal development after the course.
The session also focusses on socialising in positive ways and being aware of the effects that substances such as alcohol can have on our mood. Whilst this session does not focus on stopping drinking alcohol completely, it does focus on methods and excuses that you could utilise should you want to cut down without withdrawing from the social contact that drinking may provide. 

Is this course right for you?

The course is not suitabel for individuals with more severe depression and is not an appropriate place for support if you are or have recently been feeling suicidal. Depression can be a very serious condition and it is always advisable to seek professional support if you think you may be depressed. This course is not a substitute for professional treatment. 

If you select 'more than half the days' or 'nearly every day' for more than 4 of the questions, this course may not be suitable for you and you may benefit from more specialist support. 

This course is not specifically designed to support students with other mental health difficulties, and some of the content may be particularly difficult for students with experience of eating difficulties. 

Alternative avenues for support:

  • The Students Against Depression website - studentsagainstdepression.org

  • Your local GP, university counselling service or mental health advisor

  • Samaritans - 24 hours trained listening: t: 08457 909090 e:jo@samaritans.org

  • NHS Direct t: 0845 4647 

  • HOPEline UK - specialist suicide helpline for young people t: 08000 684747 SMS: 0776 209697 e: pat@papyrus-uk.org

  • Counselling Directory-  Find a counsellor or psychotherapist near you - t: 0844 803 0252 www.counselling-directory.org.uk