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How it works

A problem shared, is a problem halved.

Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem or problems. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, you can use Aunty Dee to help you work it through.

Quite simply, Aunty Dee will guide you to:

List your problems Aunty Dee on a tablet
Generate ideas
Find a solution

You can use Aunty Dee to work through one problem, or you can ask about many problems and use Aunty Dee over and over again – it’s completely up to you.

And you can use Aunty Dee on your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or personal computer. Because it’s a web-based tool, there are no big apps to download that use up your device’s storage space or your precious data.

Aunty Dee uses evidence to help people

Aunty Dee is a systematic approach to decision making that is based on Structured Problem Solving.

Structured Problem Solving is a strategy based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and has been shown to reduce depression symptoms in both adults and young people. [1, 2, 3]

Online resources that are based on CBT have also been shown to work well with helping young people cope. [4, 5, 6]

It’s important to understand that Aunty Dee doesn’t generate content or provide answers; it guides you to think about and explore your problems in structured way.

In doing so, this will help you move proactively towards solutions to your problems, instead of allowing problems to become overwhelming.

You don’t have to register to use Aunty Dee. But you might want to.

If you find Aunty Dee helpful, and you think you’ll use it a lot, it’s worth registering. There’s no cost to register. It’s not about money – it’s about being there to help you when you need it most.

When you register with Aunty Dee:

    you will have access to your problems and plans in one handy place
    you can revisit your plans and your problems and the ideas and solutions you generated at any time
    you can save what you’re doing at any point in the process, and come back to it later

Aunty Dee is not a crisis service and is not a monitored service. In an emergency situation, you should call 111.