MoodGym and Blue Pages: An Internet Depression Intervention
MoodGym and Blue Pages: An Internet Depression Intervention offers primary and secondary interventions on the internet to help those struggling with depression. The first part of this intervention is the website Blue Pages which aims to educate the general public about depression. The goal of this website is to increase awareness about depression and its typical signs. In addition, the second part of this intervention is MoodGym, another website that has the goal of providing therapy for those currently suffering from depression. This website also seeks to help individuals improve their depressive symptoms.
Our team decided to include this practice because of how closely it connects to our subgoal from the Community Health Improvement Plan, supporting campaigns that focus on reducing behavioral health stigma. Data we found from social media also showed that the Bloomington-Normal community has an interest in spreading more awareness about depression and ways to treat it. These websites strive to increase awareness regarding depressive symptoms and help to reduce the stigma around depression and seeking help.
What are the numbers?
- MoodGym offers organization-wide subscriptions
- $27 for individual access for 12 months
- Blue Pages is a free resource
Below is a list of resources that could potentially take more of a lead on this Promising Practice:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI Mid Central Illinois - A grassroots mental health advocacy organization committed to increasing access to mental health and eliminating the stigma of mental illness.
- McLean County Health Department - Work to protect the health and wellness of McLean County residents.
- Heartland Community College - Community College located in Normal, IL.
- Illinois Wesleyan University - Liberal Arts university located in Bloomington, IL.
- Illinois State University - Public University located in Normal, IL.
- District 87 Education #17 - School district within the Bloomington-Normal community.