Behavioral Activation

Behavioural Activation

Depression is alleviated when people feel more actively in control of events in their lives. Group participants learn to break the cycle of depression by learning about patterns of behaviours, the link between moods and behaviours and learning to engage or re-engage in activities which are personally meaningful to you.

These booklets give a little taster of what Behavioural Activation is all about

Progress through them at your own speed and have a go at the examples. Enjoy!

Kind permission was granted from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust to share them with you.


Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems?

You may wish to share things that you are comfortable talking about with your group but you are not obliged to share anything you don’t want to.

How long do the groups last?

All our groups are delivered through weekly sessions. To get the most benefit from the group we would encourage you to attend all sessions. Please confirm details of your group when booking.

  Duration  Session time
  7 weeks   2 hours per session


Who will be there?

Our groups are delivered in a small group format allowing for comfortable discussion. All those attending will have had an assessment with Primary Mental Health Support Service. All our groups are facilitated by mental health practitioners.

It is natural for people to feel anxious about meeting their group for the first time. However, due to the informal and supportive environment, this usually disappears after the initial session.

How do I book a place?

To ensure these group programmes are as accessible as possible, we will be holding the courses in a range of venues across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and at a variety of different times of the day and evening to suit individual schedules. To access Living Life to the Full please ensure a referral is made to the Primary Mental Health Support Service for assessment via your GP or Community Mental Health Team in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.