Learn how to Beat the Blues
An online therapy programme has been launched in a bid to tackle depression and anxiety in adults.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway recently unveiled Beating the Blues, a free, confidential referral service that can be accessed through computer.
The health board’s psychology team is also working with third sector organisations to extend access to other community settings for people who do not have a computer.
Clinical psychology lead for the programme, Dr Mhairi Williams, said: “Beating the Blues is an exciting programme hosted by the department of psychology that has been tried and tested in other boards throughout Scotland over the last ten years with good success.
“The programme is a Cognitive Behavioura l Therapy (CBT) based, self-help treatment model for people experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety who are looking to take a pro-active approach to their recovery.
“CBT has been used successfully for many years to treat stress, anxiety and depression. This is an interactive programme that helps you to learn alternative coping strategies to manage your symptoms better and requires the completion of tasks in between sessions. Anyone interested should contact their GP who can refer them into the service.”
The programme is fully supported by co-ordinator Ross McCole, who will make contact within a few working days of a GP referral to help people get started. He will also check in at different stages throughout treatment.
He said: “The Beating the Blues programme is free, easy to use and completely confidential. It involves eight 50 minute sessions that participants can progress at their own pace. The programme has been live for around four months now and is proving to be popular. I have already received over 80 referrals which is very encouraging.
“Studies have shown that 70 per cent of people who complete the online CBT programme require no further treatment and 89 per cent of participants rated Beating the Blues as helpful.”
For further information, including a demonstration video, log on to the website beatingtheblues. co. uk or contact your GP.
Here to help Beating the Blues co-ordinator Ross McCole