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Mars, one-way please. Wednesday May 8, 2013

In ten years' time four humans will arrive on the surface of Mars, never to come back again. A Dutch entrepreneur's project, sponsored by a TV company, is seeking volunteers for a one-way trip which will provide the red planet with its first human settlers. We're told that they won't be able to return to earth, as the mission will render their bodies incapable of life back home.

The 'Mars One' project sounds pretty far-fetched, perhaps one of those ideas that never quite sees the light of day. Who (on earth) would apply?

Well, thousands have already done so, each posting a video on the Mars One website in an effort to garner public support (apparently there's an element of X-Factor voting in determining who'll be packed off in the rocket in 2023). Who'd have thought it?

Consigning the rest of your life to be spent in the company of a handful of other people on the fourth rock from the sun seems a pretty extreme ambition to me but you have to admit, it is a goal - and in general, it helps to have things to look forward to.

Smaller things, though, I'd suggest.

The trouble is that when you're going through a difficult time, it can be hard to summon up even the merest sliver of anticipation, let alone a hunger for inter-planetary exploration.

Hard, however, but not completely impossible, so long as you set your sights realistically.

Maybe you'll look forward to a sandwich at lunchtime. Perhaps you'll put your mind to phoning a friend, simply to say hello. A book at bedtime? Or it could be that you'll anticipate the pleasure of listening to some favourite music later in the day.

My goal? As someone who really doesn't like goodbyes, it's to make it through my last day at Moodscope tomorrow with most of my emotions intact.

You'll make it easier for me (if you haven't yet done so) by registering your details at my post-Moodscope website, details below. That way, it won't be 'farewell' but simply 'see you later' (although not, I suspect, on Mars).

As it's likely that Moodscopers will want to comment on this, and also highly probable that our email In-Boxes will be pretty busy, I'll be eternally grateful if thoughts, reflections and questions could be directed to our Blogspot:

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Matthew Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 7:18am

Thanks for your emails each day, their little reflections on life have always been a help.

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 7:41am

Even though I've never met Jon, I feel sad about his departure. I'm sure the Moodscope team will carry on seamlessly but I feel I've got to know Jon's "voice" - his lovely hints of humour, even when the subject is serious. It feels wrong that, even though his work has been recognised as invaluable there is no organisation, no government body prepared to fund Moodscope sufficiently for Jon to be able to continue. However, if God - or whoever - opens a door when he closes a window, I am sure that Jon will continue to do a great deal to lighten the load of those with depression or other mental health issues wherever he ends up.

Peter Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 8:22am

For earthly help to Jon via paypal to brugger@brugger.

I collect the donations and send the total 1:1 to Jon.

Thank you all, Peter

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 8:39am

Jon, I have really enjoyed hearing your reflections on life every morning, I know that often even subconsciously the messages have stayed with me. Just pure brilliant support for people like me who have darker times. I wish you well!

Peter Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 10:58am

the email for paypal donations for Jon is:

Sorry for the mistake. Thank you for your charity and indulgence.

Heartly, Peter

Kit Byatt Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 11:04am

Jon, although I have been blessed not to have been troubled by significant mental health problems, nevertheless your messages have both helped inform my understanding of, and empathy towards, those who have been.

I, too, feel sad about your departure on a personal level, but on the other hand Moodscope will always have been your progeny, and like any offspring, success can be defined as progression to independent survival. Tomorrow is simply the achievement of adulthood for your baby!

I know people who find Moodscope central to their own mood management, and I share their gratitude for this extra support system. It is fascinating being a Moodscope buddy, and at times incredibly helpful.

Here's to the success of your next project(s). May their gestation be as productive as Moodscope's!

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 11:07am

Your comments, thoughts and encouragement are great Jon. They have helped me in the short time I have been a part of moodscope. Thank you and best wishes for the future

Eileen Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 12:10pm

Dear Jon,
I would like to echo the anonymous messages above, choked that your leaving, but will stay in contact and - read your book - thank you for being with me for the last 2 years, your messages are very precious.

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 12:14pm

I joined the moodscope just one month ago and I noticed it was a huge help for me. I will miss your e-mail and I can't express my gratitude for you because it encouraged me a lot. One month ago, I was very depressed and my friend introduced me the moodscope. And since then I became to look forward to reading your message.
I am sad you are leaving but I wish you the best. Thank you so much.

Lynne Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 1:10pm

No, not Mars, Jon, but certainly, I will be with you virtually and cheering you on in your new endeavors. I'm registered on and looking forward to keeping in touch.

Ever onward!

Moodscope Founder Member,

DrPaprika Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 3:22pm

Three years ago, I was going through a major crisis and was in therapy. My GP also recommended logging into Moodscope. It helped me to pull out of that dark time and to regain some equilibrium. Mz problems haven't gone away, but I have learned to deal with them far better. I was just too busy to put reflective techniques into practice, but here was a simple, reflective tool, and a regular blog which often spoke to my condition. Being able to identify with a name and a face and a story helped as well. Thanks, Jon, well done, and all the best! Hope to keep in touch and sorry I couldn't contribute more to the pot to keep you there! You have a real gift to share which I believe comes to you through God's grace, even if you don't see yourself as a Christian.

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 3:42pm

Thank you for your posts Jon which I enjoy your humour and your messages have given me perspective when it was much needed.

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 4:02pm

Sorry to see you go. You have been a great help over the last 12 months and your legacy will continue to support me. Look after yourself and live well in the knowledge that you have helped, and will probably continue to help people massively and unselfishly. Good luck and thank you.

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 6:31pm

Thanks Jon. You really helped me.

Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 9:06pm

I haven't really anything to add that hasn't already been said. It is a real wrench to lose Jon and his wisdom and so disheartening that no money has been made available to fund his work.

Jon - on many a grim morning when its been hard to get out of bed you have been a real friend holding out a hand to help me get up and face the world. I wish you all good things in the future as you truly deserve it. A big virtual hug.

stephanie Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:55pm

I Look Forward To Reading Moodscope Everyday. I Am Sorry To See You Go. You Have Helped Me Alot In Only The Short 3 Months I'Ve Been Using This Wonderful Site. I Am So Grateful That I Found This Tool Which Helps Me So Much.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 3:06pm

I too am sorry to see Jon have to leave his creation. All the best in what you do next!

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