Depression, Social Anxiety - understanding and recovery (

Treat Depression, Beat Anxiety With Theatre : Treat Anxiety and Depression : Lift Depression & Beat Anxiety With Cinema

Created by: Chris Bankes Sivewright

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Understand what depression is and how to prevent it in the future.
  • Understand and apply the Linden Method
  • Understand how improvisation can be a complement to therapy for depression and anxiety
  • Cry! Understand why some films make us cry - and that may be good for us!
  • Understand how acting puts a strain on performers
  • Appreciate how films and location my affect your mood
  • Understand more about crowdfunding for a film, see the trailer and then the final film
  • Understand the thoughts behind the film via an interview with the producer
  • Greater emotional resilience!
  • Understand about nutrition and depression what to eat, what to avoid
  • Augment your happiness!
  • Select the RIGHT type of EXERCISE to reduce depression!
  • Understand about thoughts, mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Understand how CBT may be used to treat yourself for depression phobias and how to treat anxiety disorders

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Overall Score : 94 / 100

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Course Description

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 LifeWho 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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Instructor Details

Chris Bankes Sivewright

Studied at:
University of Oxford (Philosophy and Economics)
Oxford Brookes (Teacher training)
University of Glamorgan (Business and Economics)
Professional qualifications at Masters level
Business and Economics degree
Examiner for four major examining boards, at O' and A' level.
Three teaching diplomas plus CELTA
Qualified fitness trainer
Key academic positions held:
Principal Oxford School of Learning
Director of Studies: St Joseph's Hall, Oxford
Head of Economics: Cherwell
Head of Business and Economics: Pipers Corner School, Buckingham
Founder: Almost Random Theatre
Business and Economics background
Set up and ran Oxford Conferences and ran 50+ Business/Economics conferences at schools - all fees to charity
Amazon Business/Economics books include:
Titles include:
Case studies for Business
Time management for teachers
Creativity techniques in Economics
Drucker in Business Studies
Creativity in Business
Business calculations
Further applications of de Bono
Applying de Bono
Philosophy Games
Taught students at the University of Oxford , Brookes University and schools in the state and independent sector
Principal of Oxford School of



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yes, it's very engaging and well explained...

I like how we learned about how stress impacts you. This course was very educational.

It's very, very, very interesting!

A real insight to something I feel passionate about and delivered in a way to be understood easily. A lot of good resources and knowledge base. Thank you.

The lecturer is understandable but I want more about the topic of the title. Since now, the lecturer has not referred to cinema topic... What is next?

needed to listen to at speed 1.25 because otherwise sppech is too slow and unnatural.great intro as to the benefits of drama, either as a preformer or observer, for people with depression.would like to know more about monoploy therapy - this is the firs time i have heard about it

Clear communication supported by quotations and linked to studies. Not all just talk, couple of clips from theatre too which makes it varied and interesting. Paced at the right speed too. Of especial interest are the real life examples. Of course 'depression' can be found in textbooks but this course is something more than that. Not hugely famous examples only but also a personal touch, an interview with a (very young) Producer, stills from a film. This is an excellent mixture of the academic and the real-life; the theoretical and the practical. Nothing fancy, nothing hyper just slow, careful analysis plus examples. I also liked the frequent use of links showing that further study, gleaning of information, can take place after the course has finished. This review is written in August 2017 and clearly the course is very new and up to date.UPDATE AUGUST 2018I have now watched the Mk II version and it is fascinating how this course fits into aspects of the Mk II course.WELL DONE!

As a long-term sufferer of depression myself, I really wanted to like this course, but I found it messy and fractured. It seemed to be three courses squished into one.The section on theatre, cinema, and depression seemed to be aimed more at people who cared for depressed people rather than the depressed themselves. And the segment about government cuts to the arts diffused my interest in the topic. I did find the idea of involvement in theatre a fresh approach to the subject, and thought that should be a course of its own.The section about "Under Tight Skin", while about a short film being made about depression, by a crew who suffered depression, has a connection to the overall subject of the course, it came across as a promo for the project, rather than educational, in my view.There were snippets that would be of some help to depression sufferers, but these were scattered through the course, and not highlighted enough for someone who might be seeking help and enlightenment.I commend Chris for creating a fresh look at this subject matter; a subject that needs many approaches to reach more people, and that is why I've given it 4 stars.I look forward to seeing what he has done in the Mark II version of this course. And I also thank him for making this and his other courses available to so many.

Excellent course about the positive influence of the theater and cinema to face the depression. They discuss affordable forms of theater-based therapy, public policy about culture, recommended movies to watch, explain the difference of theatre and cinema over the perspective of the human perception and socialisation and finish with nice resources to get more help. Honest, direct, objective, useful and fun, so I recommend for everyone. Thank you so much Mr. Sivewright.

It's interesting to hear about the govt aspect/influence on theatre. I didn't realize that there were so many studies and findings that reveal performing arts - both partaking in and consuming - contribute to better wellbeing. But I guess that shows when studies/facts don't align with the beliefs, views or goals of people controlling that funding, it doesn't matter. Love that it is proven performing arts, specifically acting, can be therapeutic. Interesting course. Would have loved more of an interactive element, but really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into conveying this information for free. Brilliant.

Excellent information

Wonderful course which I found really helpful and interesting. A much better option than taking anti-depressants !