U-CAN: psycho-social education groups

Giving you the skills to manage your mental health and help you improve your levels of stress, anxiety and persistent low mood.

U-CAN is a six-week psychosocial education skills group, aimed to help you to develop skills that can positively impact how you manage your mental health using the 'Living Life to the Full' programme and low-intensity cognitive behavioural therapy approaches, designed for those who are experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress and persistent low mood.

The service is being offered to students as part of two Office for Students funded projects looking to improve student mental health provision. The programme is led by our team of NHS mental health nurses and clinical practitioners who are employed by Mersey Care NHS Trust.

In each session, you will look at ways to work on improving anxiety and stress levels or low mood, and to regain a sense of motivation and wellbeing. During the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop key life skills which can be used beyond the course.

Each session will take place on a Friday, 2-4pm and attendance at all six sessions are expected.


  • Session 1: Understanding your feelings, vicious cycle
  • Session 2: Doing things that make you feel better
  • Session 3: Looking at things differently
  • Session 4: Building inner confidence, how to fix almost everything
  • Session 5: The things you do that mess you up
  • Session 6: 10 things you can do to feel happier straight away.

There is no judgement in our sessions, we’re just here to talk to you and help you work out why you feel as you do, to help you build your confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more.

How to access the service

To access this service, please either contact the Wellbeing Advice and Guidance team or, if you have one, your mental health advisor or counsellor. They will then discuss the service in more detail with you and, if appropriate, refer you to the service.

Speak to a Wellbeing Advice and Guidance advisor

If you are unable to find an answer to your query on our web pages you can book an online confidential one-one appointment.