Age Range: 18 – 75 years
Format: Website (accessible with Desktop, iPad/Tablet or smart phone, internet access required)
The Black Dog Institute, with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health, has developed a self-management program for people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or stress. Called “myCompass”, the program allows any adult, using any device with internet access, to register for free.
Through online modules, it delivers psychological techniques such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). The program suggests appropriate modules based on the user’s responses to questions during registration, or users can select modules of interest. Each module contains three 10-15 minute sessions, to be completed at the user’s convenience. It also allows for tracking of thoughts, feelings and behaviours – this component takes 1-2 minutes to complete each day. It is suggested the user commit to using the program for a minimum of seven weeks to gain the full benefit.
The beauty of this app is that it can be accessed anytime, anywhere and is free to use (although mobile data/internet costs should be taken into account). Whether used as an introduction to face-to-face therapy or as a replacement, it provides valuable information and support when you need it.
If you are having feelings of depression, anxiety or stress, feel free to ask one of our psychologists for more information or jump online: www.mycompass.org.au
For more information on getting the most out of this app, speak to your psychologist.