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Depression and loneliness can be prevented using structured, telephone-based psychological care, delivered over eight weeks, according to new research.

The study, led by a team based at the University of York and Hull York Medical School and at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, found levels of depression reduced significantly and the benefits were greater than those seen for antidepressants. 

Participants in the study reported their levels of emotional loneliness fell by 21% over a three-month period and the benefits remained after the phone calls had ceased, suggesting an enduring impact. 

The Behavioural Activation in Social Isolation trial (BASIL+ trial) started within months of the 2020 pandemic and was the largest trial ever undertaken to target and measure loneliness in this way. The study, published in the journal The Lancet (Healthy Longevity), represents a rapid advance in evidence to understand what works in preventing loneliness. 

A recent study underscores the efficacy of structured telephone-based psychological care in preventing and alleviating feelings of depression and loneliness. This innovative approach provides a lifeline for individuals seeking mental health support, offering a convenient and accessible avenue for psychological care.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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