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Learn About ACT for Depression

Let's learn more about one of these proven treatments for depression, called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT.

What is ACT for Depression?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or "A-C-T") is an evidence-based "talk therapy," or counseling treatment, shown to be effective for treating depression in a number of research studies. ACT helps people with depression to get "unstuck" from difficult thoughts and feelings, to be more accepting of themselves and their experiences, and to live life in a way that matters most to them.

Watch this video to learn more about ACT for Depression treatment. And, explore the tabs at the bottom of this page to learn about the specific parts of treatment!


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ACT is effective for younger and older Veterans with depression.

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ACT is highly recommended by experts as a treatment option for many Veterans with depression.

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Most Veterans who receive ACT show improvements in depression and quality of life…

and successfully learn proven life skills, such as being more accepting of their experiences and living in the present moment.

ACT skills help people to be more open, aware, and engaged with life.

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What Happens in Treatment

ACT for Depression includes proven steps for changing how we relate to our thoughts and emotions and how we live our lives.

Click on an item below to learn about the different steps of ACT for Depression!

Accept Your Thoughts and Feelings

Learn how to accept, rather than avoid or battle, painful thoughts and emotions so they no longer have the same impact on your life.

Live in the Present Moment

Learn skills for staying more focused on the present moment, rather than living in the past or the future.

Identify Your Values

Clarify what matters most to you in life.

Take Action

Take steps to live your life based on what matters most to you.


Let's look a bit closer at what ACT for Depression looks like.

  1. Learn about Proven Treatment You are here
  2. View the Treatment Process Up Close You are here
  3. Explore Your Goals You are here
  4. Find Treatment You are here

View the treatment process up close

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Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC (RMR VAMC)
1700 N Wheeling St, BLDG A2
Aurora, CO 80045


VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
500 Foothill DR
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
801-582-1565 x2821