Research so far on this course ...

We have conducted > 10 trials of this course

More than 5,000 participants have enrolled in this course

We have published  > 10  studies evaluating this course

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Wellbeing Course

Background

 

The Wellbeing Course is one of our oldest and most established courses. It is our free online and internet-based treatment course designed to help people understand anxiety and depression, and to learn effective skills to manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

 

Anxiety and depression are common and can have a very significant impact. We developed the Wellbeing Course because many people with depression and anxiety struggle to access effective treatment - for a range of reasons. But, many have access to the internet and can work through an online course.

Because depression and anxiety commonly occur at the same time, we thought it was important to provide information about managing each condition in the same treatment Course. So, the Wellbeing Course is what we call a transdiagnostic treatment Course - it is designed to treat multiple conditions and types of symptoms at the same time, whether it is stress and anxiety, general anxiety and worry, social anxiety, panic and panic attacks, low mood and depression.

To learn more about symptoms of low mood and depression, please click here.

 

To learn more about anxiety and anxiety disorders, please click here.


What conditions have previous participants had?

Some common conditions and difficulties of previous participants include:

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Low mood and depression

  • Generalised anxiety 

  • Panic and panic attacks

  • Social anxiety

  • Health anxiety


Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for:

  • Adults aged 18 and older.

  • With symptoms of stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.

  • With social anxiety, panic attacks and generalised worry.

  • Who want to learn information and skills to manage and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

  • Who have at least 4 hours per week to spend working on the course and practicing the skills taught 

 

Unfortunately, we cannot include people who are currently suicidal and do not have access to the Internet. We always strongly recommend you discuss your participation in this Course with your GP and other treating doctors.


What does the course involve?

The course involves:

  • 5 online lessons that provide information and teach practical self-management skills.

  • DIY Guides to help understand and practice those skills.

  • Lots of Additional Resources and Case Stories and examples from others.

  • Brief weekly contact with a clinician via email and telephone (not available in every course).

 

The Wellbeing Course is delivered over 8 weeks and is designed to provide you with practical information and skills for managing symptoms of different types of anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Psychologist.

 

We hope it will help people to gain better control over their symptoms, improve their confidence and get back to living a full and satisfying life. The Wellbeing Course has been carefully designed to work with both regular clinician support as well as in self-guided formats.


What have we found so far?

We have now had a lot of people complete this course. Participants are reporting improvements in:

 

  • Low mood and depression

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Worry and generalised anxiety

  • Panic and panic attacks

  • Social anxiety and fears

 

Although the Course is hard work, more than 90% of participants are also reporting the course is worth their time and that they'd recommend it to others. 

Some of the key papers we have published on this course are:

  • Dear BF, Staples LG, Terides MD, Fogliati VJ, Sheehan J, Johnston L, Kayrouz R, Dear R, McEvoy PM, Titov N. (2016). Transdiagnostic versus disorder-specific and clinician-guided versus self-guided internet-delivered treatment for social anxiety disorder and comorbid disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 42, 30-44.

  • Fogliati VJ, Dear BF, Staples LG, Terides MD, Sheehan J, Johnston L, Kayrouz R, Dear R, McEvoy PM, Titov N. (2016). Disorder-specific versus transdiagnostic and clinician-guided versus self-guided internet-delivered treatment for panic disorder and comorbid disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 39, 88 – 102. 

  • Dear BF, Staples L, Terides MD, Karin E, Zou J, Johnston L, Gandy M, Fogliati VJ, Wootton BM, McEvoy PM, Titov N. (2015). Transdiagnostic versus disorder-specific and clinician-guided versus self-guided internet-delivered treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and comorbid disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 36, 63-77.

  • Titov N, Dear BF, Staples L, Terides MD, Karin E, Sheehan J, Johnston L, Gandy M, Fogliati VJ, Wootton BM, McEvoy PM. (2015). Disorder-specific versus transdiagnostic and clinician-guided versus self-guided treatment for Major Depressive Disorder and comorbid anxiety disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 35, 88-102.

  • Titov N, Dear BF, Johnston L, Lorian C, Zou J, Wootton B, McEvoy PM, Rapee RM. (2013). Improving adherence and clinical outcomes in self-guided internet treatment for anxiety and depression: randomised controlled trial. PLoS One, e62873. 
     


What is the current trial or study looking at?

Every time we offer a course we offer it as a part of a trial or study. This means that participants are helping us to answer an important research question while they participate in our courses.

The current study is examining the health-related beliefs, motivation, skills and supports of people who access online treatment for anxiety and depression, and how these influence whether they engage with and respond to treatment.

You can read more about the current trial by reading the Participant Information and Consent Form Statement

When is the next course being offered?

We are very pleased to now be offering the Wellbeing Course at the moment.  

Our next two groups of the course will be starting on the:

 

  • 19th of September, 2022 

  • 14th of November, 2022

 

Participants will be randomised to start in one of these two groups - so they need to be available to start in either groups.

 

To apply to participate in one of our next two groups, please click the 'Apply Now' button below and follow the prompts.

We will be running new courses 4 or 5 times a year. If the dates for our next two groups are not suitable for you, please check this webpage again in a couple of weeks - we'll be updating the dates of available groups regularly.

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