Research has shown digital services work. These include:
- Peer support: Davidson et al (2012) reviewed the evidence for peer support in severe mental illness and found evidence of improved engagement, reduced emergency admissions, and improved feelings of hope and control for people supported by their peers.
- Self-management approaches: Straten et al (2008), a Dutch group, conducted an RCT of the effectiveness of web-based self-help for depression, anxiety and stress. 213 people participated in the study and the programme was found to be effective.
- Professionally guided support:Hedman (2014) wrote an editorial in the BMJ about the effectiveness of therapist-led guided support for, in particular, depression, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder, and described the Swedish ICBT clinic that has treated over 3000 patients.
- LiveTherapy. Barak et al (2008), an Israeli group, conducted a meta-analysis of internet-based psychotherapy. They found 64 papers, relating to 92 studies, with a total of 9764 patients. Internet-based therapy was as effective as face to face with a medium effect size of 0.53.
Our evidence supports this.
In a survey of members, 56% reported sharing an issue or feelings at a Anxious minds group session for the first time had an immediate positive effect and 80% of members reported that using Anxious minds improved their wellbeing in at least one way.
- People taking Anxious minds GuidedSupport courses for anxiety experienced an average reduction of 3.5 points on the GAD7 (anxiety) scale
- For people taking depression courses, the average reduction in the PHQ9 (depression) scale was 3.5 points
- Anxious minds in-house live group sessions has consistently shown recovery rates above the average There is always somebody around to talk with at Anxious minds.
- Being part of the community supporting each other a positive effect on the well-being of people we serve.