Free help with de­pres­sion

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Massey Univer­sity at Albany is of­fer­ing free ther­apy to first-time de­pres­sion suf­fer­ers.

Vol­un­teers will get 20 hour-long in­di­vid­ual ses­sions that will help them to learn strate­gies to change prob­lem thoughts and be­hav­iour.

Cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy teaches peo­ple how to be­come their own ther­a­pists by giv­ing them the skills to deal with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions and the painful emo­tions they trig­ger.

Dr Nik Kazantzis, who heads the project, hopes the study will help de­pres­sion suf­fer­ers who can’t af­ford treat­ment.

Peo­ple can vol­un­teer for the ther­apy if they haven’t been di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion be­fore and aren’t tak­ing med­i­ca­tion that af­fects the brain. In­for­ma­tion from the ses­sions will be as­sessed by a team of in­ter­na­tional ex­perts to help un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Ni­cole on 414-0800 ext 41252.

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