Beating the Blues

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As a participant on the Work and Health Programme or Job Entry: Targeted Support (JETS) service or Pathways to Employment, Education and Training Programme, Maximus UK are working in partnership with 365 Health Solutions to offer you an online programme called Beating the Blues (BTB). Stress, anxiety, and depression are quite common conditions, affecting 1 in 4 people at some point in their lives. Therefore, it is important to look after your mental health, especially during these tough times.

Need urgent help?

If you are feeling distressed, or want to hurt yourself/someone else, you need to tell someone immediately. Help and support is available right now, so you don’t have to struggle alone.

Call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment.

Call 111 out of hours, they will help you find the support you need.

Important: Is your life in danger? 

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. You can also someone else to call 999, or take you to A&E. 

Who else can you talk to? 

If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:

Phone a helpline

These free helplines are there to help when you are feeling down or desperate. They are open 24 hours a day, every day, unless stated otherwise.

  • Samaritans, for all, on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • Breathing Space; a confidential helpline for people over 16 living in Scotland, 0800 83 85 87. They are open weekdays: Monday-Thursday, 6pm to 2am and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 6pm- to 6am (on Monday)
  • Lifeline, the crisis response helpline for people living in Northern Ireland, 0808 808 8000
  • NHS helpline, for all, 111

Talk to someone you trust

Let family or friends know what is going on. They may be able to offer support and help you to find support from professionals who can help.

Helping you to feel emotionally better

This programme works by helping individuals to understand depression and anxiety, with targeted mental health support to better manage these conditions. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it has been shown to help people get better and stay better. It is available online and completely confidential.

  • How do I access BTB?

    Simply complete the online mood checker and then register for the BTB programme, completely free of charge.

  • What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

    When people are anxious or depressed, they tend to think negatively, avoid stressful situations, and stop doing the things that they enjoy. This then makes them feel even worse.

    CBT challenges these thoughts and behaviours by showing the connection between how we think links to how we feel. It teaches you how to break this negative cycle.

    The therapy has been successfully used in clinical practice for over 40 years’, helping people to overcome their anxiety and depression.

    It focuses on the here and now, providing a range of tools and skills to help you overcome anxiety and depression.

  • How is Beating the Blues different from CBT?

    CBT is usually offered face-to-face by a therapist. Beating the Blues provides the same CBT as a therapist, but online.

  • How can online CBT help me?

    Beating the Blues can empower you to help yourself. You can track your progress with the assessment tools to be completed at each session.

    The programme is flexible, confidential, secure and no appointments are required.

    Many people report that this helps them to be more honest about how they are feeling.

  • How long does online CBT take?

    Beating the Blues consists of eight sessions with each session consisting of between 3-5 modules. Each module takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. It is recommended that you try to complete a module every other day, completing one session a week.

    When you need to 'Sign out’ your data is saved. When you next ‘Sign in’, you will restart where you left off.

    It is recommended that you complete all eight sessions, to get the most out of the programme, even if you feel better. On average, people take 8-10 weeks to complete the programme.

  • Is online CBT as good as face-to-face CBT?

    Published evidence shows that Beating the Blues is clinically effective and can deliver similar outcomes to face-to-face CBT.

  • How does BTB work?

    This programme works by helping individuals to understand depression and anxiety, with targeted mental health support to better manage these conditions. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it has been shown to help people get better and stay better. It is available online and completely confidential.

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  • How do I access BTB?

    Simply complete the online mood checker and then register for the BTB programme, completely free of charge.

    Mood Checker

  • What is Beating the Blues?

    Beating the Blues is an evidence based, interactive online CBT program. The program consists of 8 sessions of online CBT therapy with each session divided into 3-5 modules. Each module takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. It is recommended that you complete one module every other day with one session being completed a week.

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) have approved the use of online CBT for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Contact us

We are here to help you, for more information please contact your keyworker, recruitment advisor or employment coach.