- • Depression is a very common condition that causes significant distress and disability to those that experience it. It results in considerable financial problems for both the individual and the society. Talking treatments are available but are limited in availability in part to the long-term training needed leading to insufficient therapist numbers.
- • Behavioural activation is a relatively simple treatment that appears as effective as the more complex cognitive behavioural therapy and may be suitable to train staff such as mental health nurses relatively quickly.
- • We found that staff found the training acceptable and useful and that they felt it was suitable for them. Results seen in a recent research trial using mental health nurses as therapists following 5 days' training appeared to show the same level of improvement in depression symptom level as seen when the treatment is delivered by more specialist staff with much longer training.
- • Behavioural activation may be able to be widely disseminated with minimal time and cost among staff groups like mental health nurses. This could lead to greater access to evidence-based talking therapy for people experiencing depression.