myCompass is free online, interactive self-help program. myCompass is designed to address mild to-moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression through personalised treatments delivered entirely online.
- What's myCompass
- How does it work?
- Who's it for? General | For people with diabetes | Men
- What's the commitment?
- What's the evidence?
- Information for health professionals
myCompass is a free online self-help program for people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. It’s also appropriate for people who simply want to build good mental health.
Its core features include fourteen different interactive learning activities and a lifestyle tracking feature to help users better understand themselves and learn strategies to improve their mental health.
How does it work?
myCompass offers a personalised experience and can recommend learning activities and lifestyle tracking areas that best match the individuals needs. Alternatively, they can select activities and tracking areas that most interest them.
The myCompass lifestyle tracking feature allows users to track their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and provides graphical feedback to help them recognise unhelpful patterns and possible triggers.
The learning activities deliver proven psychological techniques used by doctors and psychologists such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Who's it for?
Requiring minimal technical skills, myCompass is for people who:
- would like to improve their mental health.
- have depressive, anxious and/or stress symptoms in the mild-to-moderate range.
- are aged 18 – 75 years.
- read English with ease.
myCompass for people living with diabetes
Diabetes is a common disease, and rates of depressive symptoms in people living with diabetes are two to three times higher than in the general population. With the support of the RACGP Foundation and Diabetes Australia, myCompass has developed a specific psychoeducational Activity aimed at helping people balance the demands of diabetes with other important life goals. Called ‘Doing what really counts’, this Activity is now accessible to all users of myCompass that have diabetes.
myCompass for men
myCompass received funding from Beyond Blue and the Movember Foundation to develop a specific psychoeducational Activity for men with mild-to-moderate depressive symptoms. The Activity ‘Man Central’ is accessible to all male users of myCompass.
What's the commitment?
Ideally, users need to commit to the program for a minimum of seven weeks to gain the full benefit.
Each online learning activity is comprised of up to three 10 -15 minute sessions that can be completed at the user’s convenience. Completing the Tracking component takes around 1-2 minutes per day.
What's the evidence?
Through a randomised control trial, myCompass has demonstrated significant improvement in symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in work and social functioning.
Trial outcomes are published in BMC Psychiatry, and available at the BMC Psychiatry website.
Information for health professionals
The benefits of integrating myCompass into your practice
- Saves you time and can reduce wait lists, allowing you to focus on patients for whom e-mental health approaches are not appropriate.
- Provides convenient, flexible and easily accessible support that is available anytime, anywhere. This is particularly valuable where face-to-face psychological services are limited.
- It’s free, although minimal mobile data and Internet download costs may need to be taken into account.
- Can provide an introduction to therapy, or an alternative for people averse to face-to-face treatment.
- It’s cost-effective to the health system and can be disseminated to large populations.
Download the myCompass brochures for health professionals
General Brochure for Health Professionals - Provides information and tips about referring patients to myCompass including a simple conversation guide for talking to patients about myCompass.
Technical Information for Health Professionals - Contains in depth information about myCompass including contraindications.
Funding for myCompass
Development and delivery of myCompass is generously supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.
We are grateful also for support provided by Open Market.