Depression is a major public health problem. It is estimated that it will be the second biggest cause of disease burden in the world within 20 years.
In many areas of medicine we accept that prevention is essential to our health and well being. Imagine how different the world would be today without widespread immunisation programs. We have been much slower to see that prevention programs may also be an important way of protecting our mental health.
Now there is evidence that special training programs might actually prevent depression ,. These programs use cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to increase the resilience of young people. (As you can see elsewhere in BluePages, CBT is an effective treatment when delivered face to face or in the form of a self help book).
We need a practical way of delivering these prevention programs. One method is to introduce the programs into schools. Still, it might be difficult to reach everyone this way, especially those of us who are a bit longer in the tooth.
So at CMHR we began to think about devising a program that could be delivered on the internet. Much work and some years later, we launched MoodGYM.
MoodGYM is an internet-based therapy program designed to prevent depression in young people. It consists of five modules, a workbook and some interactive extras, including an interactive game. It includes assessments of anxiety and depression, 'warpy' thinking, life-event stress, parental relationships, and pleasant event scheduling. Although it is intended for young people, people who are older may find it helpful.
MoodGYM is located at http://moodgym.anu.edu.au.
Perhaps we will 'see' you there.