Learn how to Beat the Blues

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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