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You Can Beat Depression: Winning strategies that work.

12 Strategies to support family and friends with "mild" forms of mental illness.
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Last updated 11/2013
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This is a class created by someone who has suffered from moderate to severe anxiety and clinical depression for decades. Based on this experience, 20 years of therapy and 20 years of finding what works and what I needed from others but never got, I created this curriculum. Somehow, I survived the depths of total despair and loneliness. Here, I tell my story and what you can do to help others and yourself. I show you what you need to ask for from others so you can cope,

I also draw from the 25 years of experience I had teaching special education where many of the issues are the same. I have tried my strategies in the real world.

The course goes over things others can do to support and help all people involved in the life of someone with this mental illness.

This course includes a substantial list of resources underscoring main concepts.

THis course can be completed in about 3 days.

Who is the target audience?
  • Family and friends of a person or persons with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or similar mental illness.
  • psychologists
  • therapists
  • counselors
  • teachers
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What Will I Learn?
Students will be more aware of what mental illness means.
Students will know specific strategies and scripts to help those with mental illness.
Students will receive first hand accounts of what it is like to be mentally ill.
Those who have mental illness will find useful strategies to manage their affliction
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  • Willingness to learn about the mentally ill.
  • Desire to know how to help the mentally ill
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 01:25:13
1 Lecture 03:01

This is a rationale for the course and what to expect.

Preview 03:01
Triggers, struggles and how you can help.
6 Lectures 36:23

This lecture gives 3 strategies to deal with and help impulsivity.


This lecture describes the kinds of issues self-esteem can cause. It provides do's and don'ts about what to say.

Self-Esteem Problems

This lecture describes one aspect of living with mental illness than many may not understand.

The Precipice

This lecture talks about the unrealistic expectations one can have and how important it is for family/friends to intervene.

"Big Air" Ideas

This lecture describes the way a person with mental illness struggles with how they perceive the world. It also tells how to offer support.

Rainbow Colored Glasses

This lecture describes a special kind of fixation and provides 3 strategies to help.

Obsessions and Fixations
Strategies Your Loved One Needs
8 Lectures 45:49

This lecture provides alternative strategies to "asking why".

Preview 06:59

This lecture talks about the context of a mentally ill person and provides some ideas about how to interact with it.

What's the Context?

This lecture explains why not to ask what you can do. It provides alternatives to help.

Don't Ask What You Can Do

This lecture talks briefly about the circular nature of mental illness.

What Goes Around

This lecture discusses the need for being comfortable with not knowing.

Embrace the Unknown

This lecture talks about how to deal with people who do not understand mental illness.

Dealing With Mugglers

This lecture talks about the never ending loneliness felt by the mentally ill.

A Lone Lonely Loneliness

A review of key concepts from the course.

About the Instructor
4.2 Average rating
25 Reviews
996 Students
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Philanthropist, Teacher, Mental illness wrangler

I have been a teacher my whole adult life, now going on 25 years! My passion is helping students become fluent in English.

My other goal is to help others with mental illness, so I have shared my story and my ways of living a positive life. All my classes are reasonably priced so students can get the help they need.

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