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What is Beating the Blues?

Beating the Blues is an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment programme for depression and/or anxiety in primary care It brings all the benefits of CBT directly to your patients via computers and multi-media technology. This online CBT tool is sometimes also known as computerised CBT Beating the Blues has been clinically proven in independent randomised controlled trials (RCTs). It has been recommended for use in the National Health Service(NHS), UK by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Implementation of the programme in New Zealand is consistent with Evidence-Based Best Practice Guidelines

This programme was jointly designed and developed by Dr Judy Proudfoot and her team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London and Ultrasis plc View a walkthrough of beating the blues here. View a walkthrough of beating the blues here. Beating the Blues is now available in New Zealand funded by the Ministry of Health. Free access to the online programme is managed by GPs through ManageMyHealthTM, with accredited trainers offering training and demonstrations to practices in their area. Please contact your PHO for details of training sessions Find out more about how you can make Beating the Blues available to your patients.

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Best practice guidelines

The implementation of Beating the Blues® in New Zealand is consistent with guidance in Identification of Common Mental Disorders and Management of Depression in Primary Care (New Zealand Guidelines Group, 2008)

Stepped care

In July 2008, NZGG published Identification of Common Mental Disorders and Management of Depression in Primary Care an Evidence-based Best Practice Guideline.

Testimonials

I found the programme really good, I know I will carry on using the stuff it taught me when life gets difficult.

Josh

Definitely give it a go. I think it’s been really useful.

Lani

I would recommend this to anyone with depression and anxiety problems as it really helped me understand what I needed to do to help myself.

Steve

You do not have to be a computer whizz to use it. Its quite easy.

Peter

I found the programme really good, I know I will carry on using the stuff it taught me when life gets difficult.

Josh

Definitely give it a go. I think it’s been really useful.

Lani

I would recommend this to anyone with depression and anxiety problems as it really helped me understand what I needed to do to help myself.

Steve

You do not have to be a computer whizz to use it. Its quite easy.

Peter

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