Behavioural activation: self-help options for depression

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-35
Number of pages2
JournalMental Health Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2014


  • behavioural activation
  • self-help
  • depression
  • cognitive behaviour therapy


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