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Free Online Course on Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

University of Reading is providing free online course on Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT. This five week course is aimed at anyone with an interest in mental illness generally, and anxiety and depression in particular.

The course will help to improve understanding of depression and anxiety and find out more about an effective and evidence-based treatment: CBT. The course will start on May 9, 2016.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Anxiety, Depression and CBT
Institution: University of Reading and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on May 9, 2016

Providers’ Details

University of Reading is offering the course via renowned online platform FutureLearn. The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world with a reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.

This course is taken from our Make it Digital collection – part of the BBC’s major initiative to inspire digital creativity. Make it Digital is the BBC’s major, UK-wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.

About This Course

Feeling sad or anxious at some point during your life is very normal and can often be resolved with the help of friends or family. But occasionally, these feelings can develop into more long-lasting mental health difficulties, including anxiety and depression. Around a quarter of the population are directly affected each year by mental health difficulties where more specialist help and support is needed. This course offers an insight into two of the most commonly diagnosed mental health difficulties: anxiety and depression.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can pursue a verified certificate. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts.

Learning Outcomes

This five week course will improve understanding and knowledge around depression and anxiety, dispel some common myths about these disorders, and introduce you to a leading, effective treatment for both disorders, called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or ‘CBT’ for short).


This beginner’s course is aimed at anyone with an interest in mental illness generally, and anxiety and depression in particular. This may include:
-those who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced emotional difficulties,
-family and friends of those who are experiencing emotional difficulties,
-primary (or other) healthcare professionals who have a frontline role in detecting mental health difficulties and offering appropriate support and guidance to those affected.


Michelle Lee

Dr Lee heads up a number of educational outreach projects and is interested in the dissemination of evidence-based therapies for common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.

Shirley Reynolds

She is a clinical psychologist. Most of my work has been research related to depression and anxiety and how to improve treatments. We need to make effective treatment available to everyone

How To Join This Course

Go to the course website link.
-Sign Up At FutureLearn
-Select a course and Join
-Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
-After the start date, student will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
-Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
-On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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