2020s:Depression – understand…overcome. (+ Oxford Diploma)


  • 1. An interest in mood, mental health and cinema/theatre as therapy for depression and anxiety.
  • 2. Additional materials. It would be handy if you had a pen/paper with you in case you wanted to make a note of the website links or even the key points of a lecture. Also, perhaps the phone numbers of your friends. There may be key lectures you wish to bring to their attention, or perhaps you just feel now is a good time to chat.
  • 3. Appropriate mindset. This course is not a loss leader. This is a course aimed at helping reduce depression. So the mindset I would like you to bring is simply – spread the word, in a sense we all have something to gain.
  • 4. As there are links given in the lectures you should be able to use the internet – make sure you have anti-virus software that is up to date!
  • 5. Specific software. No specific software is required – if you can access this then you can access the course
  • 6. Access to a printer as there are numerous extension activities and questions which, when completed, make up a workbook


Notice:Please do NOT enrol on this course on impulse, thinking you might watch it later. Maybe show an interest on impulse, yes, but before you enrol, watch the Preview videos, read the Course Description and then make a decision. If you then enrol then please start the course as soon as possible. Watch the lectures, look at the workbooks and join in the discussions. Joining my courses is a serious business and I want you to get the most out of your study – but I also want you to enjoy the course.

That is why I am asking that you only enrol because you really want to and that you start the course intending to make full use of all the resources.

You will be very welcome.

The role of theatre/cinema in breaking the cycle of anxiety, depression and despair – a key to treating depression and anxiety.

“GPs prescribing arts activities to some patients could lead to a dramatic fall in hospital admissions and save the NHS money, according to a report into the subject of arts, health and wellbeing published after two years of evidence gathering.

The report, published on Wednesday, includes hundreds of interviews and dozens of case studies showing how powerfully the arts can promote health and wellbeing.”

– The Guardian newspaper 17 July 2017

This course about how theatre/cinema can be used to reduce depression and anxiety, was originally divided into ten lectures but we expanded it a little as a crowd funding campaign caught our eye and so we have an extra lecture about the campaign, an interview with the producer and some useful websites.


The total lecture time is about two hours – think how much can be learnt in that time!

BUT this is not a course just about watching and listening. It is about learning and putting into action.

Maybe you know someone who is depressed.

Maybe YOU are suffering from depression and anxiety!

This course is about helping, helping you and enabling you to help others as well as yourself!.

Comments and questions are always welcome – and they are usually responded to within 24 hours.

Lecture 1 distinguishes between stress, depression and anxiety.  The lecture concludes with the symptoms of depression.

Lecture 2 deals with the influence of the arts in particular theatre and shows how theatre – involvement – can reduce depression.

Lecture 3 outlines current government policy (and the policy of the Official Opposition) on the Arts.

Lectures 4 and 5 return to theatre and how involvement in theatre can reduce depression.

Lecture 5 in particular shows how acting may be therapy.

Lectures 6 and 7 show how improvisation in particular may be therapeutic for those suffering from depression.

Lecture 8 is a spoof video on drama therapy. It is made up of outtakes from a film about a family playing monopoly. All the links in the film are genuine and it has a serious message to put across.

Lecture 9 deals with the differences between theatre and cinema.

Lecture 10 explains how cinema portrays – and can be used to reduce – depression. Various films are suggested.

Lectures 11 and 12 describe the crowd funding campaign for a film produced by a 17 year old male who himself has suffered from depression.

Lecture 12 is an interview with the young producer.

Lecture 13 shows the results received when the question ‘Which is the best movie to watch when you are depressed?’ was asked.

The closing lecture, lecture 14, talks the viewer through two websites that provide further resources to investigate when dealing with depression.


  1. Augmented happiness
  2. Breaking the cycle of depression and anxiety
  3. Building emotional resilience – create an armoury!
  4. Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT)
  5. Coping with anxiety
  6. Depression and gender differences
  7. Emotional well-being
  8. Food to welcome
  9. Foods to avoid
  10. Improvisation and therapy
  11. Investment in the Arts
  12. Mental health policy
  13. Solution focused brief therapy
  14. Supplements to take
  15. Ten calming mantras
  16. The right exercises for depression – the right ones for you!
  17. Theatre and emotional health
  18. Treating yourself for phobias, anxiety disorders, depression
  19. World Mental Health Day

The Instructor runs Almost Random Theatre, a theatre in Oxford UK but has also acted in numerous films for other organisations. He brings to the course practical examples from plays and films as well as discussion of resources.

The overall purpose of this course is to provide ways in which depression and anxiety may be reduced but also to raise awareness.

“Depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds  ”

– The World Health Organisation

This course should be seen as  just a few steps to try and reduce the problem, the sadness and the despair.

#anxiety #depression #depressionandanxiety #anxietyanddepression

New workbook added July 2019 on Decluttering

Chapter 1: Decluttering and mental health

Chapter 2: 5 Scientific Reasons Decluttering Your Home Will Make You Happier

Chapter 3: Tips to declutter when depression has made you neglect your apartment

Chapter 4: Remove Clutter to Reduce Stress (+ 5-Step Decluttering System)

Chapter 5: The psychology behind organizing and decluttering.(Marie Kondo)

Chapter 6: 6 Reasons Why Decluttering Is Good for Your Health

Chapter 7: 9 Ways Your Life Will Improve When You Declutter

Chapter 8: Here’s Why Decluttering is Good For You — and How to Get Started

Chapter 9: 12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life

Who this course is for:

  • EMPLOYERS: You may be in a position to help reduce depression in the workplace
  • EMPLOYEES: This course is for people of all occupations prone to depression and anxiety.
  • THOSE UNEMPLOYED: Perhaps unwillingly, you have more time – but perhaps also, more risk
  • SELF-EMPLOYED: Working alone can mean the risk of depression multiplies
  • STUDENTS: The stress of exams – an outlet is needed
  • PARENTS: You have your own stresses – you too need an escape
  • ACTORS: Acting creates its own pressures – sometimes you need to take a step back
  • TEENS: Perhaps more at risk than anyone – know there are ways you can help – and be helped
  • ANYONE AND EVERYONE: Fresh ideas, resources and awareness that there are others out there

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