Welcome to the third edition of A Hopeful Space’s weekly newsletter! Thank you for being a subscriber, we hope you enjoy the content of this week. This week is mental health awareness week with the theme of anxiety. We’re excited to share inspiring stories and positive developments with you regarding this topic. So sit back, relax, and let us bring a little bit of sunshine into your inbox.

Module of the Week

Due to it being mental health awareness week, we don’t want to just highlight one technique but rather the anxiety module. Anxiety is a common and often debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can manifest in a variety of ways, including feelings of worry, fear, and nervousness, and can have a profound impact on a person’s daily life. In this mental health course module, we will explore what anxiety is, the different types of anxiety disorders, and some common treatments and coping strategies for managing anxiety.

Book of the Week

Mind over Mood by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky:

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress–and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,200,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.

Podcast of the Week

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.

We all have patterned ways of managing our day-to-day anxiety, and these patterns often reflect the roles and expectations of our first families. In this episode, we’ll talk about over and under-functioning in anxious times, why anxiety is contagious, and how we can cultivate a calm practice.

Brené always is a breath of fresh air and can make every topic come alive. Don’t blame me if you get stuck in the long lists of podcasts she has done!

News of the Week

I couldn’t get around this news about a new support program of the University of Edinburg for their students (and who can resist a good pun!):

Paws on Campus – a first of its kind in the UK – could provide a new style of support for students experiencing stress and anxiety.

The unique programme combines clinical psychology with veterinary science through a series of structured activity sessions that aim to improve mental health and promote an understanding of canine welfare.

Each session focuses on specific learning outcomes and therapeutic objectives that are designed to help students reflect on their own challenges and recognise the connections between their wellbeing and an animal’s welfare needs.

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