Do you suffer from mild to moderate depression, anxiety or sleep disorders? Did you know that around a quarter of British adults will experience a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year? Symptoms experienced can include feelings of hopelessness, guilt, irritability, panic, loss of self-confidence and a lack of interest in life. According to numerous research studies learning and education can have a positive effect on wellbeing.
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Learning to enjoy life more

Launched in September 2015, Smile:)MK is a programme of courses delivered by Adult Education (part of Community Learning MK). It is aimed at supporting people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties by providing access to various learning activities.
*Important: Please speak to your doctor before joining any of these courses if you (or someone you are referring) have been given a trauma‐related diagnosis (such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). If necessary you can also ask to speak to the tutor before registering.

Most courses are free, but some have a fee attached, however if you are claiming certain income based benefits or earning under £17,004.00 per year then you may be entitled to a full concession.

Some courses are more practical, such as arts and crafts, while others focus in particular on improving personal relationships, confidence and recognising and overcoming stress triggers. Courses last for 3-10 weeks with sessions lasting between one and two hours.

Some of the classes we currently have on offer are:

Relaxation through Mindfulness (PDF, 133KB)

Art Journalling (PDF, 105KB)

Art for Wellbeing (PDF, 106KB)

Restart with Art (PDF, 103KB)

Understanding Sleep and Dreams (PDF, 101KB)

Building a Resilient Mindset (PDF, 131KB)

Managing Anger (PDF, 95KB)

Meditation and Relaxation (PDF, 96KB)

Stress and Anxiety Management (PDF, 131KB)

Click on the course name for more information or, to see what courses are coming up, download our current course booklet (PDF, 295KB).

You may only attend each SmileMK course for free once per academic year regardless of your concession situation. You may re-enrol for the art classes by paying the full fee if you wish.

To find out more about the project, and other courses on offer please contact the Adult Education team at Community Learning MK on 01908 252083 or email us.

You can enrol on these courses online or by phone on 01908 252083.

Last Updated: 7 January 2021