Overcoming depression is rarely easy, but it is possible. The good news is, one-on-one low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with an experienced professional can measurably improve mental wellbeing.
Based on information and statistics gathered by Remedy Healthcare, it seems the key to sustainable change for people with depression and anxiety is creating a structured behavioural plan that turns small, achievable steps into long term achievements. Seeing the whole person is also important, and this means addressing their mental and physical health with an integrated approach.
Remedy Healthcare’s MindStep® health coaching program is an evidence-based mental health program in Australia that helps fill a gap between acute hospital and community-based mental health programs. The program is a telephone-based, low intensity CBT program that supports people who have recently been admitted to hospital for depression and anxiety. MindStep® has consistently been shown to help people gain practical skills that can be used to manage and reduce their symptoms. Practising these skills can also reduce the likelihood of them being re-admitted to hospital in the future.
For one man, who we’ll call John*, the program was a game changer. When he entered the program, John was in his seventies and suffered from depression and low self-esteem. Just a few months later, after completing the program, he was feeling far more optimistic and had gradually increased his overall mood and activity levels. Like many others in the MindStep® program, he was able to find his way back to the highly functioning lifestyle he had enjoyed before. Part of this involved setting a plan for ongoing maintenance of the skills learned to prevent a relapse.
There are many more cases like John’s and the results speak for themselves. After-program reports and patient feedback are overwhelmingly positive. Around 70% of all graduates show a measurable improvement in their mental health or recover completely.
For private health insurers, claims costs may be reduced along with days spent in hospital.
Additionally, the benefits of MindStep® are being recognised by other corporate insurers as a way to support customers with mental health claims. For example, ANZ Wealth has launched MindStep® for its OneCare Income Protection customers. Customers who have made income protection claims relating to depression or anxiety have access to the program, which is part of a broader initiative to support customer health and wellbeing.
Please call 1300 224 334 to arrange a time to catch up to discuss how Remedy Healthcare may be able to partner with you to compliment your health and wellbeing initiatives.
*Name has been changed to protect the patient’s privacy.