Short course

Depression: A Compassionate View

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4 units, 5 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

20 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

Depression is now classed as the main cause of disability worldwide, with an estimated 3.3 people in every 100 in the UK having depression according to the World Health Organisation (World Health Organisation, 2017).

It is important to understand depression, its context and wider perspectives as well as being able to empathise with those who experience depression.

This course offers a unique insight to depression by adopting a compassionate view. It focuses on raising the awareness of depression, and identifies unique skills to enhance care for people with depression.

Who is this course for?

Though this course is open to anyone who wants to better understand depression, the course is ideally suited to those in a variety of job roles including:

This course is also suitable for people who have depression or people who have family or friends with depression. This is not a treatment package and should not be viewed or considered as such. This is an information resource that can be used to encourage you to think about depression from a compassionate perspective.

"I liked the easy to read layout of the course, alongside the videos and blogs from 'real' people. I have a better understanding of depression and believe that this will have a positive impact on my working practice."

Depression: A Compassionate View, Online Learner

This course will:

Structure, certificates and assessment

Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Digital Open Badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon finishing the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.

If you're interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 4 units, each will require approximately 5 hours of study.

Within the first unit you will explore definitions of depression from both a theoretical and practical context. This will involve understanding how depression presents in everyday life. We will also raise the awareness of potential influences of depression, and explore the ways stigma and misconceptions can influence those with depression.

During the second unit you will look at depression from a diagnostic perspective to consider the complexities of the diagnostic process. This will help you to understand how a doctor makes sense of the symptoms and recognise that depression is not always the only condition that a person may be experiencing.

Unit 3 focuses on how behaviour impacts depression and specific activities that can impact on mood. You will be able to evidence behaviour change by exploring the impact of laughter, exercise, singing, mindfulness and interaction with animals on depression.

In the final unit you will learn how to identify negative thoughts and understand unhelpful thinking styles within depression. You will have the opportunity to practice some strategies to address negative thoughts and explore the nature of our evolutionary mind.

Learning outcomes


A flexible course that fits in with working and family life

Whether you are living with depression, know someone who has it or caring for people with it, this course will offer you a valuable insight into living with depression. This course looks at depression from a compassionate perspective and encourages you to think about how it impacts on the way a person thinks, feels and behaves.

This course will help you to see what it is really like to live with and care for someone with depression by providing a practical and theoretical insight to depression.

The course also presents some exercises that can help to alleviate the negative symptoms of depression and encourages you to engage. Whether you have experienced depression or not, this practical insight can really help you recognise activities that can positively impact on your mood.

Course requirements

How to enrol

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

What you will need

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status. You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

Once registered, please be aware that all study for this course is online and so you will need to be able to engage with this via a personal device, preferably a computer or laptop, for the stated duration of the course.

The learning platform is compatible with screen reader technology to assist those with visual impairments.

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