Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler has launched a new online mental health tool designed to support people living with a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression. Developed by a team of health professionals at the Black Dog Institute, and funded by the Australian Government, myCompass is an online tool that assesses user symptoms, then provides a personalised support program.
The interactive program includes online psychological tools, round-the-clock monitoring of moods and behaviours and motivational tips via email and SMS. The tool is part of the Government's recently launched e-mental health strategy.
myCompass developer A/Prof Judy Proudfoot said the tool was evidence-based and complimented traditional health services. "myCompass has been designed to support people that may not seek help because of lack of time, lack of access to face-to-face, services or a fear of stigma," said A/Prof Proudfoot. "It provides a suite of simple strategies that will educate people to self-monitor and self-manage unhelpful thoughts and behaviour. It's easy to access and simple to understand so you can improve your long-term mental health while you're waiting for the bus or having lunch. Most importantly of all, clinical evidence shows that it works."