Mental health professionals are increasingly expected to deliver evidence-based psychological therapies for common mental health problems. Behavioural activation (BA) is one such therapy that can treat depression effectively, but it appears to have been under-used as a self-help or guided self-help intervention. This article summarises current literature on the use of BA as a self-help intervention. It suggests that the current empirical evidence-base might need expanding before the use of BA can confidently be advocated as a self-help intervention for depression.
- behavioural activation
- cognitive behaviour therapy