Beating the Blues is a computer-based self-help programme which uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), consisting of 8 sessions, which normally take place weekly.
Each session takes up to one hour to complete. Beating the Blues service is accessible through home computer (*some specification applies) and across various sites in Tayside.
It is an effective, ideal source of treatment for patients suffering from mild to moderate depression or anxiety, whether the patient is on medication or not and can be accessed with minimum delay. At the end of each session, handouts are printed for the patients use, and a progress report sent to the referrer. NHS professionals, including GP practice staff and mental health professionals can arrange for you to have access to this programme.
Beating the Blues consists of 8 sessions, using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. It has interactive elements and video examples for you to watch.
Session 1: Getting started
Session 2: Goal setting & automatic thoughts
Session 3: Common thinking distortions in anxiety & depression
Session 4: Changing unhelpful thinking
Session 5: Inner beliefs
Session 6: Inner beliefs (continued) & attributional style
Session 7: Attributional style
Session 8: Conclusion and coping with setbacks
Anyone who lives in the NHS Tayside region can use this programme, as long as you are aged over 16 years old. If you are registered with a Medical Practice, or you are currently receiving care within the NHS, you just need to discuss whether this programme would be suitable for you and request that they make a referral in order for you to be issued with an activation code.