Project UPLIFT

Project Uplift is a new program called UPLIFT, which stands for Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favourable Thoughts. Uplift is a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy program that improves depression, and overall psychological quality of life. This program is for adults aged 18 and older, and involves meeting once a week for an hour for a total of eight weeks. Epilepsy Durham Region is offering separate groups for people living with epilepsy, and parents/caretaker supports. Each participant will receive a handbook with weekly homework assignments that are based on the weekly teachings.

Each session reviews different ways living with epilepsy can affect mental health and teaches valuable coping strategies. There are several parts to each weekly meeting, starting with a check in, which is when group members share how they are doing and how the homework from the previous week went. The next part to the meetings is a weekly teaching that teaches new information and techniques to be worked on for the week next week. When the teaching is complete the facilitators will lead members through a group discussion and then follow up with a skill building exercise, where group members can practice skills that they are learning. Examples of topics discussed during UPLIFT meetings include coping and relaxing, monitoring thoughts, and preventing future low moods.

A pilot project found that UPLIFT participants had improved depression, anxiety, and psychological quality of life – even a full year after they finished the program.

To be eligible, potential participants must:

  • be at least 18 years old.
  • have epilepsy or a seizure disorder or be a Caregiver of an individual with epilepsy.
  • feel that they could benefit from learning how to manage anxiety and/or depression.

The next UPLIFT program will start in the Fall. Please register now to be added to our waitlist. Or contact us at clientservices@epielpsydurham.com for additional information.