Overview of myCompass
myCompass is a fully automated, interactive self-help program that is delivered via the Internet to people’s computers, mobile phones and tablet devices. The program provides people experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or depression, with 24/7 access to a private, personalised and evidence-based treatment program. Registering to use myCompass is free, and evidence from a large community based trial shows that myCompass works to reduce mental health symptoms and improve work and social functioning.
myCompass contains a number of psycho educational or skill building modules derived from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), problem solving therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and positive psychology. Other features include, real-time self-monitoring of thoughts, feelings and behaviours (via mobile phone or computer); SMS or email self-monitoring reminders; graphical feedback about self-monitoring information; and helpful facts, mental health-care tips or motivational statements (via SMS or email).
The Black Dog Institute ensures that myCompass is broadly available for all Australians to use, including people in rural and remote communities where access to face-to-face services is often difficult. The program undergoes continual evaluation and quality improvement, with current projects targeting the effectiveness of myCompass in people at particularly high risk of common mental health problems, including men and people living with diabetes.
There are currently more than 17,000 registered users of the myCompass program, with numbers steadily increasing. This reflects the substantial need in the community for mental health support that is convenient, readily accessible 24/7, private, low cost and most importantly, effective.