CHANGES is a Community Health Project which promotes the positive wellbeing of people living in East Lothian.

Contact us on 0131 653 3977

First Steps to Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing Course

This course helps people to become more aware of their emotions, thinking, behaviours, and physical symptoms.

There can be up to 14 people on the course and people are encouraged to work with others in small groups to learn ways to help themselves feel better and identify personal coping strategies for moving forward.

Volunteers co-facilitate First Steps with a staff member as it is helpful to have someone leading the course who has gone through the same things as participants.

We run this course 7 times a year – usually 3 courses are daytime and 4 are evening courses. To register your interest for the next course please contact us on 0131 653 3977 or email us at

What people have said about the course:

“Volunteers were brilliant – good to hear they have been in the same place and overcome it.”

“Learned something about myself each week and feeling better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.”

“It helped with meeting other in similar situations and made me feel better about myself.”


Course Outline:

This is a 7 week course and each session is 2 hours:

Week 1 – Getting to know each other/exploring mental health

Week 2 – Identifying stressors and devising strategies

Week 3 – Exploring our behaviour

Week 4 – Exploring our Thinking

Week 5 – Physical symptoms and Relaxation

Week 6 – Assertiveness

Week 7 – Review/summary and exploring what next

What's On

Relaxation Workshops
First Thursday of every month
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please wear comfortable clothing.  You may wish to bring the following, although they will be provided if required:


  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
  • Cushion
First Steps Towards Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing
Starts: 02/05/2019
Ends: 13/06/2019
10:00am - 12 noon
Stress Control Course
Starts: 18/04/2019
Ends: 23/05/2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh

Contact us on 0131 653 3977