Beating the Blues

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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.

What does the course cover?

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

How does it work?

  1. Watch the introductory video, and decide whether you might benefit from doing this course. It may be worth discussing this with your GP or other health care professional.
  2. Request a referral to Beating the Blues, and wait to receive an activation code.
  3. Enter your activation code into the website, and start doing your first session.
  4. Remember to do your homework, and keep your referrer informed of your progress.
  5. After trying Beating the Blues you may feel that you would benefit from accessing other services.

Who can use this programme?

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.