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Free online CBT during coronavirus (SilverCloud)

What is SilverCloud?

SilverCloud is an online self-help platform, which you can use by yourself. It's designed to help you learn skills to manage common problems, like stress and anxiety. The modules are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles.

Usually you can only access it through an organisation that has paid for the service, like an NHS Trust or university. But in response to the coronavirus pandemic SilverCloud has made four modules free to use for anyone who visits the Mind website

The four free modules are on:

  • COVID-19 (support for the difficult emotions and situations you may face during the pandemic)
  • sleep
  • stress
  • resilience.

About CBT and online self-help tools 

Some people find CBT techniques helpful, but they don’t work for everyone. Similarly, online and self-guided learning may feel right for some people but not others. It might be something you could try while you’re on an NHS waiting list for talking therapy. Or alongside other kinds of self-care and support services.   

If you’re struggling to cope feel like you need more help, the best place to start is still by talking to your GP. Appointments should be available remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Find out more in our pages on CBTaccessing treatment and support during coronavirus, and staying safe online. 

How do I access it for free?

You will need a valid email address, and access to the internet.

  1. Use this link to open the SilverCloud website:
  2. Click ‘see available programmes’, then click ‘sign up’ to the module of your choice
  3. create a username and password
  4. When prompted, enter the pin: WEB2020.

This gives you access to the four free modules. 

All information you enter is anonymous, confidential and secure. You can learn more about SilverCloud on their website.

How long can I use ifor? 

You can use the pin WEB2020 to sign up any time until end of August 2020  

When you sign up, you will have at least six weeks of free access to complete the modules. 

SilverCloud will email you to let you know in advance when your access will end. So you won’t lose access to the modules without warning. 

They will not pressure you to pay for anything at any point, including after the offer closes. 

Could it help children and young people? 

SilverCloud have told us that the free modules in this offer are designed to support over 18s only

For information about young people’s mental health, see the section of our website for children and young people.  

This information was published in July 2020.

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