Project: Canadian Mental Health Association. Large $6 million funded program within British Columbia, Canada. www.bouncebackbc.ca
Target group: GP-referred patients with mild to moderate depression and anxiety +/- physical health problems
Settings: Rural and urban settings in British Columbia, Canada
Intervention: The Overcoming Depression and Low Mood book (modified to include three additional chapters from the Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Panic book) and the Living Life to the Full DVD
Support offered: The updated book was offered with telephone support by Bounceback coaches – sited within CMHA offices across British Columbia. Support/supervision as accessed by local clinical psychologists contracted by CMHA.
Outcomes: Depression was measured on the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and anxiety on the Generalised Anxiety disorder (GAD-7) questionnaire, before and after using the materials. The CBT based self-help materials led to strong improvement.
What else? Bounceback has proved influential and impactful. It has been awarded the Doctors of BC award (http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/doctors-bc-hands-out-awards-those-dedicated-improving-health-care-system-1916480.htm)
The program is now moving into other provinces including Ontario.