Behavioural Activation

Behavioural Activation is about learning problem-solving skills to help you tackle problems that are affecting your mood.

Explore some ideas and strategies to help you manage your depression by working through the worksheets, step by step:

  • Behavioural Activation: This has information about why Behavioural Activation is used for low mood and depression.
  • Record what you are currently doing: Use this as a starting point to record what you are currently doing during the week.
  • Identifying activities: Use this to start thinking about some of the things you have given up since feeling down and perhaps some of the things you would like to start doing for the first time.
  • Organising activities as to how difficult they are: Use this to rank each of the activities from worksheet 3 as to how difficult you would find them to do in the next week or so.
  • Planning: Use this to start working on your activities.
  • Thinking about physical activity: It’s time to start working on the idea that physical activity gives you an extra boost. Here, you focus on physical activities you feel you could manage, what might prevent you from doing each activity, and how you can overcome any difficulties.
  • Setting up and tracking weekly physical activity goals: Use this to track your physical activity.
  • Staying well: Use this to keep an eye on your mood and develop a low mood alarm and activity toolkit if you notice the signs of depression returning.


Behavioural Activation Video Walkthrough 

Recovery Academy Trainer and Peer Support Co-ordinator, Stephen Maloney, talks through how to use the worksheets and accompanying video. 

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust