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Fully funded by Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora for adults 18+ years living in New Zealand

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Why Beating The Blues?

Beating the Blues is an online, interactive and confidential Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tool, proven to help people overcome their depression and/or anxiety.

Beating the Blues is made up of eight sessions, and includes a series of videos and interactive activities to teach your clients skills to get better, and stay better.

Evidence-based, best practice

Beating the Blues is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), United Kingdom.

Help your clients receive the care they need for mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety.

Watch the video to learn how to navigate the provider portal

Implementation of Beating the Blues in New Zealand is consistent with Evidence-Based Best Practice Guidelines:
  • Use of self-management strategies for depression should be encouraged and supported by practitioners.
  • Psychological and pharmacological therapies are equally effective for treating adults with moderate depression.
  • Computerised CBT may be effective for the treatment of mild and moderate depression.
  • Web-based, self-management interventions may be useful for treating clients with depressive symptoms in primary care.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Beating the Blues is an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programme, designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. Beating the Blues brings the benefits of CBT directly to your client’s computer or mobile device, and thanks to Te Whatu Ora’s Zero Data initiative, Beating the Blues is free to use.

Beating the Blues is made up of eight interactive sessions, designed to be completed on a weekly basis. Each session includes videos and activities to teach clients skills to manage their mental health, in the short and long term.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a type of ‘talk therapy’, designed to help clients to change their thinking and behaviours, so your clients can better manage conditions such as anxiety and depression.

CBT works by helping the clients break their problems down into smaller parts, so it becomes easier to understand how their thoughts and feeling can affect their behaviours.

Beating the Blues is FREE for adults aged 18 years and older, living in New Zealand.

Beating the Blues has been proven to help clients to get better and stay better. Beating the Blues can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or alongside medication or treatments plans.

Any registered health practitioner can register to prescribe Beating the Blues to their clients.

A ‘registered health practitioner’ is a person who is, or deemed to be, registered with an authority as a practitioner of a particular professional body, include someone who works in a health profession with or under a registered health professional.

To register a client to Beating the Blues, you will first need to register yourself as a clinician. Once your account has been created, you’ll be able to prescribe and invite your clients to start the programme.

By registering to Beating the Blues as a Clinician, you’ll gain access to the Beating the Blues dashboard within Manage My Health’s provider portal to monitor your client’s progress.

You’ll be able to see which sessions your clients are working on and view their Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-7) Scores to provide ongoing support.

Clinicians who prescribe Beating the Blues will have clinical responsibility for their clients, the same as if they were prescribing medication or providing a form of treatment where monitoring is required.

Clinicians will only be able to see the progress of clients they register to Beating the Blues.

The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is a tool used to screen for the presence and severity of depression and monitor response to treatment.

A total score between 0-9 indicate no or mild depression; scores between 10-19 suggest moderate depression and scores between 20-27 indicate severe depression.

The PHQ-9 is not intended to be used for diagnosis, and scores are indicative only.

The Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) Scale is a tool used to screen for anxiety and measure its severity.

Total scores indicate mild, moderate and severe anxiety.

The GAD-7 is not intended to be used for diagnosis, and scores are indicative only.

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