The Short Term Educational Programme (STEP) city-wide service provides free educational courses that are designed to help with a range of mental health conditions.

Our aim is to work with you to build your confidence, develop positive coping strategies and help your reach your goals.

If you want to learn new ways of looking after your mental health and emotional wellbeing, then these courses may be appropriate for you.

What courses are available?

We currently offer six different courses, they are:

  • Bipolar Self-Management – this nine week long course aims to provide support to people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The course will help you to develop coping strategies for managing your mood, identify early warning signs and better understand the impact stress can have on your mental wellbeing. 

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  • Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Sensitivity – this course will help you understand the experiences associated with Borderline Personality Disorder and emotional sensitivity and discover ways to manage these. This will include developing coping skills to manage distress and interpersonal relationships, as well as introducing you to Mindfulness. Please note due to an increase in referrals for this course, the current wait time is around six to eight months (updated June 2021).

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  • #STEPforward (formerly known as Transitions) – this course is specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 25. If you are worried about your mental wellbeing and finding it difficult to manage the course aims to help you learn new coping skills to support your wellbeing and help you move forward. 

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  • Understanding Insomnia and Improving Sleep – this course explores the possible causes of Insomnia and aims to help you to develop strategies to manage Insomnia and improve your sleep through a range of evidence based tools and skills. 

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  • Wellbeing for Life – the aim of this course is to support you to understand and look after your mental and physical health. Through attendance at the course, you will learn new coping skills to support your wellbeing and be able to develop your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) that you can take away and continue to use.

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  • Carers Wellbeing Course – this course aims to provide support to family and friends who are adult carers and want to learn ways of managing their mental and physical wellbeing. Running over five weeks, the course is an opportunity to meet people who share similar experiences. Together we will develop and learn new skills that may help in coping with the demands of a caring role.

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Each course runs over a number of weeks and are developed and facilitated by experienced members of the team alongside volunteers and peer support workers who all have lived experience of the topic you’re covering. 

The course facilitators actively promote self-compassion and self-care, and will encourage you to practice this on the course and in-between sessions. 

How is the service accessed?

We accept referrals for people aged 18 and over (except for the #STEPForward course which is 16-25) living in Sheffield and registered with a Sheffield GP.

If you would like to attend one of our courses please speak to your mental health worker, IAPT worker or GP who can refer you to the service.

We do not accept self-referrals.

You can take a look at our service eligibility and selection criteria by clicking here.

Coronavirus survey

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of changes to our lives, and it has also meant we've had to make some temporary changes to the way we provide our support.

We carried out a survey of our service users to ask about your experience during the pandemic to find out what we've done well and where we can make improvements.

You can take a look at the results of the survey for the Short-Term Educational Programme by clicking here.