Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in Doncaster benefit from course boost

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Special courses for hundreds of Doncaster people recovering from drug and alcohol problems have been boosted to cope with demand.

The specially designed Moodmaster courses have proved so popular that practitioners have increased both the number of sessions and facilitators.

The courses are designed to teach people the skills required for maintaining a good mental health. In the last year, there have been 50 weekly sessions and more than 600 participants.

One of the users of the service, Sam Bartle, said: “Moodmaster has helped me realise what’s important and what’s not, and that by making the right choices good things happen. The sessions have taught me coping mechanisms and the ability to break life’s problems down and plan how to deal with them. I wish Moodmaster had been around years ago.”

Run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), Moodmaster courses comprise cognitive behavioural therapy sessions (CBT) covering a wide range of topic such as problem solving, understanding emotions, goal setting, overcoming depression, along with diet and exercise.

Jim Fletcher of RDaSH said: “For a voluntary group this attendance level is unprecedented within this field of work, and it is an indicator of the quality of the content.

“We like to think of Moodmasters being to mental health what Weight Watchers is to weight control. Sessions are designed to be interesting, relevant and light.

“We are supported in running Moodmaster by the superb work of our mentors and volunteers.”