Online Course with Live Webinar

Webinar recordings will be made available

This seven week course is an opportunity for self-discovery and self-development, through exploring the 5 core components of good mental health – Character, Composure, Connection, Creativity and Challenge. You’ll be able to see your strengths and skills more clearly, and identify a personal development plan to move forward. 


Explore meanings around mental health, good mental health and mental illness

Find out about the Seven Cs Framework for good mental health

Find out about our responses to change and vulnerability

Week 2

Explore our most important values

Identify our skills, strengths and resources

Learn about how we tell our stories

Week 3

Explore how to practise being ‘in the zone’

Identify ways of managing our emotions

Find out more about mindfulness

Week 4 

Explore our social networks

Let’s look at loneliness

Find out how giving benefits our mental health

Week 5

Discover fun, imagination and play

Explore your creative talents

Feel inspired and learn to think outside the box

Week 6 

Step outside your comfort zone

Learn and develop

Set goals

Week 7 

Self assessment using the 5Cs framework

Develop your Wellbeing Toolbox

Explore how to make your own good mental health plan

  • Live webinar sessions

  • Connect

  • Resources

open to everyone

free to take part

Carolyn Barber

Carolyn is a qualified social worker, a serial social entrepreneur, and experienced in implementing creative solutions to challenging problems in social care. As the author of The Layperson’s Guide to Good Mental Health: Your A-Z for a Happier Life, Carolyn has developed a framework for good mental health which she calls the 5 Cs – Character, Composure, Connection, Creativity and Challenge. Using this framework she has delivered community workshops and courses over the past 10 years, to support people working positively towards good mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing. After 25 years experience working as a social worker, trainer, researcher and manager in local authority and voluntary sector services, she set up an independent arts and wellbeing venue in Portsmouth in 2007. Despite the impact of the economic recession that year, Carolyn kept the venue going for three years before it had to close. From her experience of this enterprise, and the network developed, Carolyn went on to co-found the Good Mental Health Cooperative in 2013, sharing her passion for promoting good mental health and wellbeing and challenging stigma, through community based projects, events and courses. Earlier this year, Carolyn was recognised as an Inspirational Woman in Health by Pamodzi Awards in Portsmouth. Carolyn has worked with local authorities, universities, charities and community groups on a range of innovative projects in social care. She also currently facilitates action learning sets for social entrepreneurs through Action Hampshire, and is a practice assessor for students training to be social workers, and qualified social workers in their first year of practice with Hampshire Adult Care.


Funding for this series of the Mental Wealth Academy

Awards for All National Lottery

National Emergencies Trust (NET)

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation HIWCF