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Beating the Blues - a self-help computer programme to help people combat anxiety and depression

Wednesday 01st November 2017

Beating the Blues is a free, confidential, self-help computerised treatment that uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help people experiencing anxiety and depression. It can be accessed within 10 working days, is very simple to use and support is provided. The treatment is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines. Studies show Beating the Blues is effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression for patients aged 65 years and over.

“It made you look at things in a different can talk yourself or think yourself out of situations that are crippling.” [NHS Tayside patient, 80-90 years of age]

There are 8 x 60 minutes sessions that you access online to help you focus on resolving your current issues. You work at your own pace on a computer or laptop to develop helpful ways of thinking and behaving which, help you to feel better and stay better. 

Anxiety and depression affects 10% - 30% of people aged 65 years and over (Age Concern, 2006). Carers are vulnerable with 78% experiencing anxiety and 55% experiencing depression as a result of their caring role (‘The State of Caring Report 2015’). Contact Bronagh Weir on 01356 692807 or on for more information. 

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