GO­ING ON­LINE CAN BAN­ISH THE BLUES

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

On­line men­tal-health pro­grams can help re­duce the in­ci­dence of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to a joint Aus­tralian and US study.

Tri­als in­volv­ing two groups of US stu­dents found the group that took part in an on­line cog­ni­tive be­hav­iour ther­apy pro­gram, MoodGym, were 3.5 times less likely to de­velop de­pres­sion than those who sim­ply re­ceived emails with in­for­ma­tion about de­pres­sion.

MoodGym is a free pro­gram de­vel­oped by the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity. www. moodgym.anu.edu.au

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