Fr-SYM-292-5 - Shift Your Stress: Impact And Uptake Of An Act-Based Online Stress Management Programme In A UK Mental Health Charity

Workplace health promotion
Friday May 19   01:15 PM to 02:15 PM (1 hour)
O'Connor Theatre
Workplace health promotion
Shift Your Stress: Impact and uptake of an ACT-based online stress management programme in a UK mental health charity
K. Kaipainen 1,*, D. Lees 1, A.-L. Lappalainen 2, R. Lappalainen 1 3
1Headsted Ltd, Leamington Spa, 2Glyndwr University, Wrexham, United Kingdom, 3University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
Main Abstract Content: Purpose
Chronic stress is a significant risk factor for mental disorders and physical diseases. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can help people to learn to handle stressful thoughts, feelings and situations and focus on the essential. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects and process of delivering an online ACT stress management programme combined with therapeutic meetings at a mental health charity.
A mental health charity in the UK who provide psychological therapy services have been using the online Shift Your Stress programme since April 2016. Clients seeking help for workplace stress are directed to the online programme if deemed suitable by staff members. The programme contains five sessions and its recommended duration is five weeks; in addition, staff members have face-to-face meetings or telephone contact with clients during the intervention. The main outcome measures are depressive symptoms (PHQ-9) and anxiety symptoms (GAD7), collected each week within the programme. Staff members will be interviewed in late 2016 to gather their experiences and evaluate the delivery process.
Preliminary findings indicate high uptake and positive outcomes among clients and high acceptance among staff members.
Lack of a control group and long-term follow-up data limit the generalizability of the findings.
Research/Practical Implications
Preliminary findings support the earlier research about the efficacy of online interventions combined with professional support.
To our knowledge, the study is the first one to present a feasible model for promoting psychological wellbeing by integrating a brief, low-cost ACT intervention into existing health care services.
Disclosure of Interest: K. Kaipainen Conflict with: Headsted Ltd,  Conflict with: Headsted Ltd, D. Lees Conflict with: Headsted Ltd,  Conflict with: Headsted Ltd, A.-L. Lappalainen: None Declared, R. Lappalainen Conflict with: Headsted Ltd


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