Chilled Plus Online

Chilled Plus Online

Adolescent Program for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depressive disorders represent approximately two-thirds of all mental health problems in young people. Chilled Plus is an online treatment program for adolescents (12 to 17 years old) with anxiety and depression.

The online program is based on the ‘Chilled’ treatment program, which has been running at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University since 2006. Current results indicate that most adolescents who complete our programs show significant improvement, with reduced anxiety and depression symptoms.

What does treatment involve?

The program has 8 online modules and is accompanied by a weekly 30-minute phone call with a trained therapist. The program is based on cognitive behavioural treatment, incorporating the latest research and techniques in working with motivation and negative emotions. Adolescents will learn creative ways to manage emotions and accomplish their immediate goals.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Learning about anxiety and depression
  • Tackling motivation and setting goals
  • Fighting avoidance by facing it (stepladders)
  • Managing emotions
  • Realistic thinking
  • Coping strategies and assertiveness
  • Handling teasing and bullying
  • Building relationships
  • Ways that parents can help

This approach means that treatment is completely conducted over the phone and the internet with no face-no-face sessions.

How can I participate in this program?

Towards the end of 2017 we will launch this program as a paid service. If you are interested in participating we invite you to revisit this page later in the year or contact cehc.online@mq.edu.au for more information.

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