What is The Journal?
The Journal is a free, personalised online programme. It’s easy to use and all you need is access to a computer or mobile device. JK, alongside mental health experts, will take you through a series of online lessons to cover everything you need to know:
- How to stay positive
- How to create lifestyle changes that improve mental health, and
- 3-steps to problem solving
You’ll learn each skill in a short lesson and then you will work through a task to build practical changes into your life. Most people do the online learning in about 20 minutes then practise the skills over one week, but you can take as long as you like.
You’ll also get email and text reminders for each lesson and practical task you need to do. If you need any help the helpline 0800 111 757 is available 24/7.
How do you sign up?
The Journal starts by taking the self-test. The self-test is a good tool to help you identify if you’re experiencing the signs we associate with depression and when to get professional help that’s right for you. In your results you'll see a link to start The Journal. Your score from the test will be transferred to The Journal, so you can see changes over time.
If you’re concerned about your self-test results call the helpline on 0800 111 757 for more information or visit your doctor.
Who can The Journal help?
Anyone can do this programme and benefit from it. It has been designed mainly for people experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety but it might also be helpful for those who have more severe conditions.
If you’re experiencing more severe depression and need more support from a mental health professional please contact your local services for more information.
The programme teaches skills more suited to people over the age of 16 years-old. For young people needing support with their mental health visit The Lowdown, the information on this website is specifically designed for young people.
How do I support someone else doing The Journal?
If you’re supporting someone with depression or anxiety, you can encourage them to do The Journal themselves and help them stay motivated by:
- Asking what they are doing each week
- Giving them a gentle reminder to do the lesson
- Helping them make some time to do it (they’ll need about 20 minutes)
- Asking how it went afterwards
You might even be able to help them practise what they learn - they will have some practical tasks to complete. If you’re concerned about anything they’re doing during the programme you can contact the helpline on 0800 111 757.
How to get help with The Journal
The helpline can be reached free via phone, email and text to provide support and assistance with any issues you have with The Journal. The team can also follow up on the support they provide and you can arrange a time for them to get in touch with you.
This support is only available within Aotearoa New Zealand and users overseas should seek help from their health care provider or emergency services in their country. Also make sure you check out the FAQs.
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- what information is collected by us through your use of myjournal.depression.org.nz;
- how your information will be used, stored, and shared; and
- how you can access and change your personal information;
- we collect personal information about you, including name, email address, gender, mobile phone number and ethnicity and use it to [provide you with the services you have asked us for;
- we share your information with Homecare medical who help us provide the 24/7 free helpline to you. It is important for you to know that if we think the information you provide while using depression.org.nz indicates that you pose a serious threat to yourself or others, we may also share your information with emergency services or a health professional; and
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Personal information about you
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The personal information that we collect from you via myjournal.depression.org.nz will be used to:
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We may share the personal information that we collect about you as follows;
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We may share anonymous and aggregated information about visitors to depression.org.nz with public sector health agencies and other organisations and individuals that have an interest in the treatment and management of depression and anxiety in New Zealand.
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If you would like to see the information we hold about you or request a correction, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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