Blues Begone is an on-line CBT resource available for you to purchase and do at home in your own time.
David Purves, the psychologist who has developed the programme says;
Depression isn’t something that you can just ‘snap out of’. The most effective form of treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is the approach that Blues BeGone uses.
Up until now CBT has only been available face-to-face from therapists, but this is often difficult or impossible to get when you need it, and can be expensive. Blues BeGone tackles these problems as it lets you treat yourself with proven CBT, developed by a qualified and experienced Chartered Psychologist, by computer when and where you need it. Careful research has shown that it is as effective as both face to face therapy and anti-depressant drugs. Start to get better now and beat the blues.
I spoke with David a while back and I am fortunate to have trialled this programme. After receiving many, many CBT sessions myself and talking from experience, I recommend Blues Begone as an affordable alternative if you are unable to get talking therapies via your GP straight away.
In addition to the on-line programme, you get regular email support and guidance to help with your depression and anxiety.
Depression Alliance has carried out research on the programme-the results here.
Press release here