Digital cognitive behavioural therapy for mild depression

Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option.

Digital cognitive behavioural therapy (Digital CBT) is also known as computer CBT and is a type of CBT that you can do using a computer, tablet or phone. There are different Digital CBT programmes available. For example, Healios, Kooth and Silver Cloud are some of the most common programmes in England and can be delivered by chat, video or text, and are sometimes linked to an app offering on-demand support. There are also other programmes where you work through the content on your own. 

Digital CBT programmes often include: 

  • information about depression 
  • information about how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect one another 
  • learning how to notice changes in your mood so that you can learn what kinds of things affect you most (this can help you to do things which will positively affect your mood) 
  • help to develop a daily routine 
  • support to plan things you can do that might lift your mood  
  • spotting and challenging negative patterns of thinking 
  • learning problem solving skills 
  • developing a plan to stay well 

If Digital CBT is suggested by your professional then they should check whether you have access to a computer or phone connected to the internet and that you feel confident in using it. They should also make a plan with you and your parents or carers (if appropriate) about how to review whether you are starting to feel better and what to do if you feel worse.  

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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