We hope of grabbing the best placement offer or land our dream jobs when in college. We wish to get that promotion at work. But, many a times, due to factors like high expectations from parents, intense competition or less income, we end up having stress, which leads to depression. We often do not know how to help ourselves or our loved ones who are going through such situations. But, let us not worry.
A web-based tool, known as MoodGYM, which uses streamlined form of talk therapy helps people suffering from anxiety or depression.
The online interactive programme, which was developed by Australia National University (ANU), is available for free of cost. All we need is an internet connection to access it. It empowers the person using cognitive-based strategies to better manage the distress.
A recent study suggested that MoodGYM helped reduce the rate of suicidal thoughts in people working in high-stress, high-pressure jobs.
The study was carried out by researchers
at the University of Michigan (UM) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). An Indian-origin senior author, Srijan Sen, who was part of the research team, said, “This is a relatively risk-free intervention to help interns recognise and treat depression.” The first author of the study, Connie Guille, said that this type of intervention is well-suited to this population because ‘the majority won’t seek traditional mental health treatment, mainly because they lack the time, don’t have convenient access to care or have concerns about confidentiality’.
The tool, also known as wCBT, is very helpful in countries likes India where many people don’t have access to resources or don’t seek help because of the stigma attached to such problems.
According to recent data
by Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), four out of ten Indians working in corporate sector suffer from depression or anxiety disorder.
India has the highest number of suicides in the world among people aged between 15 years and 29 years.
Given the rate of suicides in India, we hope that this tool can help in bringing it down.