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Picture caption: From left to right are Anna Wood START Administrator, Ian Mayer Internet Development Consultant, Dr Chris Williams and Liz Rafferty, START Lead.
He is Director of Glasgow Institute of Psychosocial Interventions (GIPSI) - which has a focus on training and research in evidence-based psychosocial interventions and is a Trustee of the charity Triumph over Phobia - a user-led self-help organisation addressing self-management of anxiety. He is a Patron of the National Phobics Society.
He is a Past-President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies - the lead body for CBT in the United Kingdom.
He has developed written and computer-based self-help treatments for anxiety, depression and bulimia and is a well-known CBT trainer and teacher. The LLTTF site is written by Dr Williams.
Notes to Editors:
Dr Chris Williams is Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow. His main clinical and research interest is in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and in particular in looking at ways of disseminating this approach more widely.
The website can be accessed at www.livinglifetothefull.com and more information about Depression Alliance Scotland can be found at www.dascot.org.
“The site is going to make up a central plank of the new Glasgow Online service that we are working towards launching early next year.”
Dr Williams said: “I’m delighted that the site has been recognised in this way. We know from a recent research trial that the self-help booklets that form the basis for the site are effective.
The reading age ranges between 9-14 years and language is jargon-free.
Materials used on the site are based on the Overcoming Depression and Low Mood, and Overcoming Anxiety books written by Dr Chris Williams, senior lecturer in Psychiatry at Glasgow University and honorary consultant with NHS Greater Glasgow
The website can be used independently or together with support from a practitioner, and it is regularly recommended by therapists and practitioners to their patients.
Feedback from site users has been very positive, they have found the materials easy to use and talk about how they have benefited from the range of techniques on offer.
“It also allows people to work at their own pace and at a time that is suitable to them.”
“The fact that the website can be accessed at home means that it is appealing to people who prefer privacy and so prevents stigma.
START Lead Liz Rafferty said: “We are delighted to have received this award which recognises that we are increasing the availability to interventions based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
In November last year the site was recommended by The Times newspaper as one of the top four mental health portals, with more than 39,000 registered users and receiving over a million hits per month.
It has already been recognised for its accessibility, at a time and place convenient to the user, and the easily understood self-help materials that address low mood and stress.
The website was launched in January last year and is part of a range of self-help resources offered by the START Project, based at Gartnavel Royal Hospital. The START project developed as a joint project between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Depression Alliance Scotland.
The “Living Life to the Full” website is the joint winner of the “Excellence in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice” from professional body, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
A self-help website supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde mental health has won a top award.