There has been increasing interest in elements of treatment for depression that don't seem like "heavy duty" interventions. This largely results from the ascendancy of cognitive-behavioral treatments, many of which are highly structured - a person can read about them, learn how to employ them and practice them without a therapist present. A Canadian example is one being developed at the University of Saskatchewan for post-partum depression, see news coverage here . The most famous example is the Australian MoodGym program, which is freely available to anyone that wants to try it. Such strategies are often viewed as a low-intensity treatment for very mild episodes - but recent research suggests that they also help in more severe episodes. The evidence is summarized in a paper in the British Medical Journal, which is summarized here .