The Mental Health Foundation has welcomed the UK Department of Health’s announcement that it will make computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy available to patients with common mental health problems such as anxiety or mild to moderate depression.
In a press release, Dr. Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said of the decision to make computer-based CBT available to patients with common mental health problems such as anxiety or mild to moderate depression.
This is a positive step forward and something that we have been calling for. We know that computer-based CBT can be effective for many patients and it is encouraging to see the NHS working to provide another treatment option.
However, mental health is complex and it is important to also acknowledge lifestyle choices that can make a difference. Both a healthy diet and regular exercise can improve a person’s mental health and it is important that we empower people with mental health problems to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Only by adopting a holistic approach can we begin to eradicate mental illness.
You can learn more about traditional CBT in our Introduction to Cognitive Therapy & Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.
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