Brief psychological intervention for moderate to severe depression

Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option for young people aged between 12-17.

Brief psychological intervention (BPI) is a structured psychosocial intervention which usually involves a maximum of 12 sessions. Your therapist will meet with you on your own, although your parents or carers may join you at the beginning or end of a session.  

There are six key elements in BPI:  

  • learning more about depression 
  • planning activities involving other people that could help with depression 
  • building healthy lifestyle habits 
  • planning and making time for activities that are important to you 
  • support with sleep, diet and exercise 
  • support to help you engage with school and your friends 

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.


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