Strength in numbers in fight against depression

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GROUP therapy is helping more Doncaster people win the battle against depression.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust has developed depression treatment groups in the town in response to increasing numbers of local people accessing their psychological therapy services.

The groups are run over 10 sessions, by psychological wellbeing practitioners specially trained in group skills and treatment for anxiety.

Between 10 and 12 group members learn about depression and are taught effective, practical ways to overcome their own experience of the condition and a step-by-step process to help combat a relapse in the future.

Dennis Convery, cognitive behavioural therapist, said: “Each session is a mixture of education, exercises and discussion, with an emphasis on homework tasks. We monitor mood changes and progress by using a specially-developed questionnaire.”

The first group finished recently with excellent results. All participants showed improvement and reduced levels of depression.

RDaSH is now planning further depression treatment groups to help people in Doncaster get treatment quickly, at easily accessible venues.

A treatment group for people with panic attacks and agoraphobia is also in development.

Anyone who thinks they may benefit from attending these treatment groups should discuss it with their GP, who can then refer them. For more information about accessing the services provided call 01302 565556.