What is The Journal?
JK and three of New Zealand’s top mental health experts will take you through a series of online lessons to cover everything you need to know:
- How to stay positive
- The 4 lifestyle changes that improve mental health
- The 3-step way to solve problems
You’ll learn each skill in a short online lesson and then JK will work with you to build the practical changes into your weekly routine. 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. The Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 is available 24/7 if you need any help.
It's free to use and all you need is access to a computer that can play videos using Flash.
The Journal is not currently available on mobile devices, but will be in November 2016.
Please note: The self-test in The Journal is a good tool to help you identify if you’re experiencing the symptoms we associate with depression and when to get professional help that’s right for you. However, only a doctor or psychologist can give you a diagnosis. If you’re concerned about your self-test results call the Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757 for more information or visit your doctor.
How do you sign up?
The Journal starts by taking the depression self-test. In your results you'll see a link to start The Journal. Your score from the test will be transferred to your Journal, so you can see changes over time.
The Journal is only available on computers at this stage, but a mobile version will be available from November 2016.
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 aren’t receiving support (tautoko) from a mental health professional contact the Depression Helpline for more information.
The programme teaches skills more suited to adults. The Lowdown website is a great place to find tautoko specifically designed for young people.
If you’re supporting someone with depression or anxiety, you can encourage them to do The Journal themselves and help them stay motivated through the programme 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 only 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 Depression Helpline.
Getting help with the programme
The Helpline can give you help and assistance while you are doing The Journal programme. They can be reached free via phone, email and text to provide you with support and help you with any issues you have with the programme. 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. Details of your privacy when contacting the Helpline are outlined below.
Follow-up support for The Journal can only be offered within Aotearoa New Zealand. Overseas users should seek help from their usual primary care provider or emergency services.
Protecting your information
The website will collect a small amount of contact information in order to send you reminders and create your personal journal. It will also record the tasks and issues you enter into your journal during the programme. This information is held on secure systems. Data may be used in a non-identifying way to monitor the use and the quality of the programme.
The Depression Helpline team is available to help you throughout the programme and you can discuss your journal activity during support calls, but this is entirely your choice.
Collection and release of information
The Depression Helpline team does keep and use some information for statistical and reporting purposes to help us provide ongoing and improved services for users. This information is totally anonymous.
Phone numbers and email addresses gathered by The Depression Helpline team will not be used for any promotional reasons. They will make sure that any collected personal information is protected from modification, misuse, disclosure, loss and unauthorised access.
Please contact the Depression Helpline if you would like to access a copy of your personal information or believe that the information they have about you is not recent, complete or accurate. Every service user has the right to request the correction of any information which relates to you and is inaccurate and is entitled to a copy of the information.
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Evaluating how we are doing
From time to time we will be evaluating how The Journal is used and how useful it is. It will help us make sure we have a high quality service if we hear directly from the people who use it. To do this we will be randomly selecting a group of people who have used The Journal and inviting them, via email, to be interviewed about their experience. If you are contacted, but would prefer not to complete an interview, this will not affect your access to The Journal in any way.