The SilverCloud Health platform provides self-help guided interventions (both for those with clinical symptoms and at high risk). The interventions were derived from evidence-based guided self-help treatments that were efficacious in traditional efficacy trials, specifically for anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Each session takes about 20 minutes.
To maximize efficacy, key targets (i.e., decreased avoidance for anxiety disorders; increased behavioral activation for depression; decreased dietary restraint and weight/shape concerns for eating disorders; and decreased dysfunctional thoughts and increased use of cognitive-behavioral treatment skills for all three disorders) are addressed, which include the following content to address the targets –
- Anxiety: Psychoeducation on anxiety and avoidance, goal setting, self-monitoring and cognitive restructuring (to identify and alter negative automatic thoughts), exposure therapy, mindfulness/relaxation.
- Depression: Psychoeducation on the cognitive-behavioral theory of depression, goal setting, identifying and engaging in enjoyable activities (behavioral activation), emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills, self-monitoring and cognitive restructuring (to identify and alter negative automatic thoughts).
- Eating Disorders: Psychoeducation on the cognitive-behavioral theory of eating disorders, self-monitoring, goal setting, meal planning and tracking, cognitive and behavioral strategies to improve body image, eating, and coping skills.