Self Management Programme


What are Self Management Programmes?

Self management programmes (SMPs) are available for adults living within the Dudley area with a long-term health condition, anxiety and/or depression, or for those in a caring role. SMPs aim to improve your quality of life by giving you confidence, skills and information to help manage your long-term condition or caring role better on a daily basis.

Please note that in order to be able to take part in a Self Management Programme you must live within the Dudley area and/or have a Dudley based GP. 

The programmes are FREE and run for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks.

Dudley Mind’s Self Management Programmes run all year round. Each course takes place once a week, for 6 weeks and is tutored by trained volunteers who themselves are living with a long term health condition.

See what two of our Self Management Programme tutors have to say about the programme in this shot video.

Our daytime courses usually run on a Tuesday or a Wednesday between 10:30am – 1:00pm in Stourbridge.

From January 15th 2018 we will be running evening Self Management Programmes at Henry Court in Dudley town Centre 6:00pm – 8:30pm in the evening.

Topics include:

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Coping with difficult emotions/depression
  • Relaxation techniques and exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Communicating with friends and family and health professionals
  • Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness

By taking part in a programme you will:

  • Learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition
  • Meet others and share similar experiences
  • Learn how to develop more effective relationships with healthcare professionals

Hear what some of our previous Self Management Programme participants have to say about their experiences with the programme and how it helped them personally.

For more information about the Self Management Programme please visit the Self Management Programme website here.

Please note that in order to be able to take part in a Self Management Programme you must live within the Dudley area and or have a Dudley based GP. 

If you are interested in taking part in one of Dudley Mind’s Self Management Programmes please contact Simon at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or by email

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Below are a few quotes taken from letters of recommendation that two participants (Steve and David) wrote for us after completing the Self Management Programme.

Steve Jeffs
SMP Participant

“I found the course facilitators excellent communicators delivering the information in a relaxed manner. The course handbook contains a fantastic amount of material concerning health and wellbeing in many areas, and I know will be a good source of information in the future.”

David Dyas
SMP Participant

“I wish I had completed the course 20 years ago. The Tutors Rachel, Jazz and Michelle (along with Simon’s help) have been great on the course. The content of the course has been excellent.”

“The activities I have undertaken from the course have and will continue to be life changing in a very positive manner and will help me manage the challenges, especially after my medication ceases. Regular cardio exercise, action plans, good diet, good sleep, tools to recognize and manage the symptoms, relaxation techniques, etc have been no more than life changing.”

“The key is to break the symptom cycle which I am doing now and will continue to do in the future.”

SMP Participant

This has helped me tremendously with my mental health and wellbeing and I am able to see and think about things in a different and more positive way. 

I would highly recommend this course to anyone suffering from a long-term health condition.

Times and dates may vary and some course dates may be cancelled