New groups to help beat depression

More and more people are using Doncaster’s psychological services as they battle depression.

Now, the NHS trust that offers help to people suffering from mental illness has developed depression treatment groups.

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

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

Dennis Convery, cognitive behavioural therapist, said: “Each session is a mixture of education, exercise and discussion with an emphasis on homework tasks.

“We monitor mood changes and progress by using a specially developed questionnaire.”

The trust says that the resutls of the first group were “excellent” with all participants showing an improvement and reduced levels of depression.

Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust is now planning further depression treatment groups to help people in Doncaster get treatment quickly ate asily accessible venues.

A treatment group for people with panic attacks and agrophobia is also beign developed.