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Depression Course

Course Information


Major depressive disorder is one of the most prevalent causes of disability in the world. It is typified by recurring periods of sadness, loss of interest, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness. Some people have their first episode as a teenager, but most have their first episode around 30, and continue having episodes of depression for years. Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) has been shown to help individuals reduce their symptoms of depression both in the short and the long term.

Who will find this course useful?

People who have had more than one previous episode of depression whether or not they are currently depressed.

Course duration

This course is self paced, but is designed to be completed within 3 months, at most. It is best to do one lesson every week or two to allow time to practice between lessons. Initially you will be granted 90 days access, and upon completion of the course, you will be granted an extra 12 months access for practice purposes. Please note, there is a 5-day lockout period between lessons to encourage the revision of material.

How much will it cost?

Depending on the method of delivery, the course will be A$59. That’s a whole course for less than the cost of one visit to a psychologist. It’s a small price to pay for ‘getting back up’.

What type of support will I receive?

The amount of support you receive will depend on the way you choose to do this course. If your clinician – doctor or psychologist – prescribes it, they will receive updates on your wellbeing and progress. If you do the self-help or phone app courses, there is no external support available, as these delivery methods are designed to enhance motivation and self-reliance. However, provided you complete all six lessons, the results will be as good as with supervision.

What is Depression?

Depression is typified by weeks of sadness, loss of interest, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness, or thoughts of death.

Depression And Anxiety?

Anxiety and depression often occur together. Anxiety is typified by months or years of excessive worry over everyday things, and depression is typified by recurring periods of sadness, loss of interest, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness.

If you feel like you are suffering from both anxiety and depression, the Mixed Anxiety and Depression Course may be more suitable for you.

How is the course structured?

Online Questionnaires

Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed back to your clinician after each lesson. If you are undertaking a self-guided course, you will be notified by THIS WAY UP if your scores are above the acceptable range.

Comic-Based Stories

Our lessons are in a comic based format, where you can follow the journey of a character as they learn practical skills to combat depression. They also learn how to maintain these skills, manage and reduce difficulties, and prevent symptoms from returning.


Download our summaries and activities to reinforce what you learnt in each lesson.

Extra Resources

Download additional activities and information that you can complete between lessons.

Recovery Stories

Read real life stories about how others overcame their depression.

Online Calendar

Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.

Lesson Information

What lessons will the course cover?

Lesson 1

The Diagnosis – Learning about your symptoms of depression.

Lesson 2

Monitor Your Thoughts and Activities – Identify the things you do and things you think that maintain your symptoms of depression.

Lesson 3

Learn to Improve Your Activities and Thoughts – Learn to challenge unhelpful thoughts and tackle self-criticism.

Lesson 4

Facing Fears – Learn about how to confront your fears with step-by-step exercises.

Lesson 5

Being Assertive – Learn about how to confront your fears with step-by-step exercises.

Lesson 6

Preventing Relapse – Learn about relapse prevention and how to access specialised treatment if you need it.



On average, most people benefit a little from each lesson completed. 80% of people who complete all lessons benefit substantially, 50% to the point of no longer being troubled by depression. 20% do not benefit and will need to seek further assistance.

  • Benefited substantially

  • No longer troubled



Trial Results

We have done two Randomised Controlled Trials and the results have been replicated by independent scientists. We have also completed a large study of effectiveness in practice.

References: Perini SJ et al, Clinician-assisted Internet-based treatment is effective for depression: A randomized controlled trial, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2009; Titov N et al, Internet treatment for depression: a randomized controlled trail comparing clinician vs. technician assistance, PLoS One, 2010; Williams AD, Andrews G, Effectiveness of internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for depression in primary care: A quality assurance study, PLoS One, 2013



“”I have been suffering from stress and depression for a long time, and have visited many doctors and psychiatrists in the past few years. Finally I was referred to THIS WAY UP this April.

The course is good, especially in helping me understand the vicious cycle of depression. I’ve learnt skills, such as reducing negative thinking, and doing at least one pleasurable activity a day. I have been practising these skills every day since I learnt them.

The good thing is I can log in to the course anytime when I need. This really helps when I feel low moods or negative thoughts.

Now, I am able to do most of my plans, and am doing more activities gradually.


Feedback after Lesson 6

“When I went to my doctor and told her how I was feeling, the word ‘Depression’ was not what I was expecting to hear.

I’ve most likely been depressed for some time, but I could finally see it, and was willing do anything to stop feeling so low.

As the weeks have gone by since then, I have taken the pressure off myself, and have been doing this course.

Thank you to my doctor and THIS WAY UP for having another way to help people at home.”

Feedback after Lesson 5

“For the first time in a LONG time (the first time in my whole life, if I’m honest), I feel like I’m in charge of my life, and can make a difference for the better. I’m filled with a new-found hope that I can be truly happy.

I have also found the “About Assertiveness” very helpful for my relationships. Being passive doesn’t help anyone, and the things taught have really helped me to get things right in my head. I’m looking forward to putting all this stuff into practice.”

Feedback after Lesson 1

“At first, I wasn’t sure if this would work for me. I stayed with it though. Eventually, very small experiences seemed to be easier and more pleasurable, and they grew with practise.

I have had relapses, but they are much easier to control ,and don’t last as long as before.

With the great help from my clinician and this program, life is much more manageable.”

Feedback after Lesson 6

“I have done the first three lessons and been astounded. I thought I was a positive thinker. I realise that I have been very negative with myself and tended to view my failings as complete failings. Fascinating exercise, trying to change that way of looking at things.”

Feedback after Lesson 4

How Can I Study?

Self Help

  • Desktop Website
  • Unsupervised
  • Anonymous
  • 3 MonthsAccess
  • Available in Australia
  • $59


  • Desktop Website
  • Clinician Supervised
  • 3 Months Access
  • Available Worldwide
  • $59