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May our paths cross again soon. Thursday May 9, 2013

Do you do what's expected of you, or are you true to yourself? I suspect that for most of us the truth lies somewhere between these two extremes. It's not easy to progress through life without making the odd compromise.

I say this because as you probably know, today's my last day at Moodscope. Time to clear my desk, pack a metaphorical cardboard box, and set off into the sunset.

As I made plans to do so, I thought long and hard about what to say to you today, and wondered just what would be expected from me. In the end I've let my heart rule my head.

I leave with a complicated mix of thoughts.

Perhaps unsurprisingly I'm rather sad that despite all my efforts over the past five years, in the end it was largely a mundane lack of money that made it impossible for me to continue with Moodscope.

Despite this, I'm excited about the adventures to come (on which I'd love you to accompany me - so if you haven't yet done so, please register your details below so I can keep in touch - this is your final reminder):

I'm really quite proud of what Moodscope has already achieved. What began as twenty handmade playing cards in my pocket has grown to help many thousands; it has gained clinical recognition; it has been featured in the news media around the world; it's been recognised by generous public funders.

I'm happy to wish Caroline and Adrian success in continuing to grow Moodscope, and thank them for their friendship over the years.

Most of all, though, I'm bowled over (and a bit emotional it has to be said) by the raw intensity of the support and affection I've felt from Moodscopers. When I started the project in 2007 I genuinely had no idea it would be like this. If you could run a business on love, Moodscope would be one of the planet's best-funded organisations.

So for all this, thank you. Thank you so much. Please let's keep in touch.

For now, though, it's goodbye from me, and it'll be hello from The Moodscope Team tomorrow. Treat them kindly.

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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Jacquie Guess Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 7:09am

Good Luck Jon and all the best for your future. You will be sorely missed. your daily comments have helped me in my darkest times as well as my lightest. Thank you for being you, hte world has becoem a better place since I heard about you and Moodscope. All the best

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 7:16am

"Cambridge boffins give you the time of day and put the app in happy" - article in the Times today.
IS Moodscope working with Dr Neal Lathia at Cambridge University - just down the road for you - on a project that sounds as if they're pretty much replicating what Moodscope already does?
Would collaboration with them ensure Jon's continued presence at Moodscope?

zakyeya burge Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 7:28am

Best of luck for your future endeavours! Thank you for providing companionship through mine for the past 2 years. I discovered Moodscope from a free newspaper on an early morning walk in Delhi. I was maximizing the benefits of my early morning waking. My first score was 9%; currently my scores run between 70-90% despite some considerable challenges. I am even pleased to have a record of 100% to look back on and remind myself of my best days.

I am sorry to hear such a great idea did not generate the financial support you needed. And I am so glad that you continued to provide free access despite the struggles. Not many can look back and point to something as important as this and say "I did that".

I look forward to learning about what unfolds for you in your future. Thank you.

Maurice Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 7:41am

Huge thanks for all you've done from me .. after a severe stress related manic episode, I found an absolute vacuum in professional ranks of guidance on what might lie in store, and how to strategise dealing with it. A diagnosis of bipolar followed and a month in hospital, but still this vacuum. Just saw a mention of Moodscope somewhere and signed up. Soon I found that matching high and low points to circumstances really helped to develop coping strategies. I did have a relapse, again under severe stress, but have now developed a reasonable M.O. for life, and know when to bring in what scarce resources there are in the NHS. Over the years I have used Moodscope charts as a discussion point with my clinicians, and they grew to value them also.

So, many thanks, Jon, and may you have further success, whatever you do !

Mike McHale Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 7:46am

You have created a legacy for yourself, something that money will not achieve. I look forward to your ongoing development.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 7:51am

Good Luck, John. Getting your daily message has felt like a kindly friend saying 'Good Morning' regardless of rain or shine. Even though I've never met you I feel strangely sad at your leaving so am sending a new world full of good things to come.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:00am

Thanks Jon, Moodscope has become a supportive pause in my day, I will miss your messages. But looking forward to following your work. Well done you. Thanks

Verity Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:01am

Thanks so much for all you've done with Moodscope. I'm sorry you're leaving - all the best for the future.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:02am

Good luck Jon in all you do - all the best for the future.

moonstonebright Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:06am

Good luck for the future Jon! I'm sad to see you go, moodscope has really helped me and my care coordinator over the last few years many thanks! I just hope it will be as good without you at the helm April x

Peter Wood Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:26am

Wishing you every success Jon. Thank you so much for providing a service that helps me understand my moods, adapt to circumstances and generally be much happier. Love and hugs, Pete.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:26am

Jon - thank you for your help, support and inspiration over the last 3 years. You have made a difference to mine and to many others' lives - a lasting achievement and, as other commentators have said, one that money can't buy. I will miss your daily voice but look forward to following you on your new journey. Thank you.

suebelou bertrand Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:34am

Good luck & best wishes for your future. The content of your daily e- mails have been do relevant and on some days been spot on for either how I was feeling or what I was doing to move forward. Thank you x

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:37am

Dear Jon, You have been a constant pick me up and a life saver. I have put everything you've said to good use and it has become a part of me. I feel so grateful for this and I wanted to thank you and wish you the very best of luck in everything you do, from the bottom of my heart. I feel sure that you will reap what you have sown and get the recognition you truly deserve for the wonderful work you do and for being the good person you are. I will definetly be following your new ventures and promoting you! Else ?

suebelou bertrand Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:42am

Good luck and best wishes for your future. Your daily e-mails have been so relevant and somedays were spot on for either the way I was feeling or what I was doing to move forwards. Thank you.

rachel Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:44am

Good luck Jon, thanks very much, I really liked the daily messages, some were particularly helpful, sad to see you move on, hope things work out in the future.

Hrisheekesh Sabnis Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:55am

Dear Jon,

Reading your messages was a wonderful way to step back and reflect upon things that were relevant but often forgotten in the whirlwind of daily life. Most of the days, I read your daily messages on my phone and forgot to record the score but it was always worth the effort to spend the two minutes in the middle of the day to read your message.

Your daily messages have shown how deeply you cared about the Moodscope community. And it is sad that we together could not give you the financial support to carry this good work further.

Personally, I regret never taking the effort to become a paid member (more so because it wasn't expensive at all and could have contributed to you continuing your good work at Moodscope). May be I will do so now as it might just help Moodscope survive in the future.

Good luck with the future, Jon. Take care.


Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 9:04am

Just wanted to add my thanks and good wishes to everyone's elses. It's really important to say goodbye and thank you, and not just let people slip away. It's very sad that Moodscope didn't get the financial backing it deserved but your efforts have been worth it, as it's touched so many peoplee's lives for the better. Be proud. Thanks so much for all you've done. I'll miss your "voice" and messages, but look forward to the future, as I hope you will too.
Best wishes.

Marcel Collignon Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 9:21am

Hi Jon,

Just want to say this:

Thanks for all, you've been a great support for me last year.

I cry, because I am sad. And I wish you all the luck and love in the world for your next steps. I have registered on your site to follow your new adventure, and if I see an opportunity to support you I won't hesitate.
All the best
Marcel Collignon

Georgina Monteith Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 9:26am

Good luck and best wishes for the future - I'm sure you'll find success and fulfillment in whatever you decide to do next. I will miss your daily emails - they had an uncanny way of being very apt - when I was feeling at my lowest they seemed written personally for me, and helped me through the worst days, as well as providing inspiration on good days. I look forward to hearing from you in the future via your other website. Thank you x

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 10:24am

Thank you for sharing your simple idea of registering mood with so many of us, to whom you have become such a motivation and inspiration, indeed a virtual friend. I know if I personally meet you one day in the future, that you would be a lovely person to get to know. I hope and pray the site does not change too much! The introductory mood boost messages have lifted me from my darkest moods...sometimes the only email I can face is yours. Good Luck and look forward to keeping in touch via your new website
Leicester, England

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 10:27am

Dear Jon, Your daily messages have been a welcome wake-up for me over the past four years. You brought fresh insights and helped me see things through a more positive perspective - thank you so much! You seem to have helped so many people - who's helping you? I detect a certain trepidation over your next steps - well, my rather simple message to you is: Be Brave and Keep Smiling! (That's why I don't write Moodscope!) Lots of us out here are gunning for you! Take care, and I look forward to following your new venture, All the Very Best!

Shirley Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 10:28am

Wishing you all the best and thank you for all you have put into moodscope, today is a sad day. x

Oliver Backhouse Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 11:13am

Good luck and thank you Jon. Your daily emails have always been fresh and pertinent, and I have often been astonished by your originality of thought. I look forward with anticipation to hearing about your next project!

Vbird Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 11:44am

Hi Jon, just wanted to add my voice to all the others over the days since you first broke your news, to say a huge thankyou. I use/d the moodscope app, passed it on to several of my friends who use/d it too, and apart from helping us individually, it worked as a way of connecting with each other when even a text was too much to ask. The connection was so valuable: to have created a way for people to do that in a way they could cope with is a massive achievement in itself, never mind all the other functions and benefits moodscope's provided for a really big community. As other people have said, your mail was like a friendly voice, and one I always read even if I didn't spin the cards. Your kind of contribution is the best of human endeavour, I'm just sorry the balance sheet didn't work out. I'm sure the next things you do will. Much love and luck going forward Jon, Vicki

French Toast Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 11:44am

Wishing you the best of luck in your new venture, Jon, which I'll be following with great interest. Moodscope is terrific, so I've no doubt that you have greater things to come. Thank you for supporting me with your daily emails - so inspiring.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:16pm

Just wanted to say a massive massive thanks and good luck moving forward. This was a great idea, I really hope things continue to grow and flourish!

God bless.

David Gosling Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:31pm

Good luck and hope we meet one day, you are truly an inspirational person.

Karen Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:34pm

I'm sad to see you go, Jon, but wish you much success with your new ventures. Your emails were always welcome in my in-box and I used to save them to read until I had a coffee in my hand. There were times when they were the highlight of my day. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:40pm

Hope today is good for you, Jon. Like Alex Ferguson, you leave on a high! Wonderful work, great ideas, huge support and kindness in sharing with us. Something to be enormously proud of, Jon. Well done you, and may all your future endeavours be as appreciated

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:43pm

Thanks Jon for all your energy and commitment to Moodscope. I am sure that your creativity and dedication will continue to take you to other successful projects. best wishes for the future.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 12:53pm

I discovered Moodscope about a year ago during a particularly bad bipolar episode. My mother told me about it. Ever since then I have opened my inbox early in the am and read Moodscope as my first email of the day and then I flip my cards. About six months ago I started sharing my scores with my husband. I cannot tell you how much a difference it has made for us. Those days that I cannot articulate how bad I feel he just knows because he sees my scores. My lowest has been a 7%. But I have had a good run of 80% lately and I attribute the change to you helping me see through the bad and knowing it will pass. It always does. Tracking the moods has helped us see when the bad days come, and most importantly to me, when they will pass again. Thank you for your insight, compassion, and dedication Jon. You have helped me in so many ways. I gladly wait to see what you are involved with next!

Amanda Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 1:30pm

A big big THANK YOU Jon for coming up with the idea in the first place and being a great brave role model for us lurking out here in cyberspace.
Good luck!

Lostinspace Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 1:37pm

All the best for the future, thanks for the great daily comments and I am now looking forward to meeting the new team. This means to me that you must have said goodbye in the right way and that I have really learned something from you - I think you quoted someone as saying "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!"

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 1:57pm


Thank you for the early morning soul messages. Wherever your path leads may you be blessed abundantly and resourced in a divine way.

lamentsandlullabies Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 2:04pm

I was sorry to hear of your leaving. Thank you for what you have provided us with...such a useful tool when one's mind seems anything but organized.

If you show this level of passion, enthusiasm, and humanity in your next adventure, I'm certain you'll be successful (whatever that looks like to you).

Again, thanks for what you've done.

Sarp Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 2:05pm

I was sorry to hear of your leaving. Thank you for what you have provided us with...such a useful tool when one's mind seems anything but organized.

If you show this level of passion, enthusiasm, and humanity in your next adventure, I'm certain you'll be successful (whatever that looks like to you).

Again, thanks for what you've done.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 2:53pm

Best of luck on your new adventures! Each morning I have enjoyed opening my inbox to your thoughtful messages. They have provided a lot of guidance for myself and others and they are greatly appreciated. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing what you have going on next.


Dan MacNeil Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 3:39pm

Thank you for your good work.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 3:42pm

Good luck, Jon! So grateful for Moodscope and for the stories & wisdom you've shared over the past years.

C A Morgan Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 4:35pm

Filled with overwhelming sadness today at your departure from Moodscope but very appreciative of what you've achieved and shared so generously. Good luck for the future.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 4:58pm

Thank you so much for everything you've done for me and others. I will be following your next moves and look forward to what's next. Moodscope helped me during a pretty horrendous time, it led me to face my demons and receive medical assistance and realize that I was not alone. So thank you Jon for my new life, you've played a huge part of where I am today. I nearly feel I know you after all this time! cheers

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 6:12pm

Thanks Jon.


Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 6:35pm

Thanks so much and good luck, Jon. You've accomplished something truly exceptional with Moodscope.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:30pm

Thank you so much, Jon. Your emails have been absolutely wonderful. Every day I've read your message has been better for it.

Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 10:35pm

Dear Jon, Thank you so much for everything you've done with Moodscope. Like so many others, I have found it to be amazingly helpful in ways that touch all the parts of my life. And your daily messages have been so thoughtful, so caring, so human, that it has felt as though you're there with us in a very meaningful way. The fact that you not only started a service like this and also pursued and supported it with such care demonstrates a largeness of heart, a generosity of spirit, that deserves to be recognized, valued, and rewarded. I wish you all the best.

Anonymous Fri, May 10th 2013 @ 3:50am

Dear Jon, I am feeling sad to know you are leaving but couldn't let you go without a goodbye & a thank you for the many daily messages which I always looked forward to & sometimes was sure they were meant just for me. You helped me in so many ways but mostly to be more positive in my thinking. I know you will succeed at whatever you do as you journey on.Hopefully someday soon you will be recognized for your work . Goodbye,thankyou &good luck. Eleanor

JL Fri, May 10th 2013 @ 10:46am

Dear Jon

You have been a daily part of my life for quite some time now and I know that I will never be able to thank you enough for what you & Moodscope have brought to my life.

What an amazing way to make you stop and think about how you are truly feeling from one day to the next! Not expecting it to be all the same, but recognising that some days are good and some bad, but that you can even have a good day when overall you are feeling quite down!

Emotions during episodes of depression can be the most complicated to understand for yourself, let alone your family around you, yet by making my spouse my Buddy was the best way to help us communicate about how I was really feeling. It stopped me from feeling guilty about being in a low mood and helped us both to learn how to get the best out of any given day - sometimes by recognising & re-doing things that helped to make me happier and more positive, regardless of everything else going on around me. Moodscope has provided us with that ability: You have given me this gift! Thank you with all my heart!

I have seen may counsellors, doctors & consultants in my time and yet, it was this gift from you that truly helped me in a very personal, day-to-day, home-based way. I have shared Moodscope with many of these doctors; I just hope that they will understand it and share it too.

I'm sorry to see you leave, Jon Cousins; sometimes it was your daily email that was the only thing to make me smile in a whole day. You honestly understand. I will miss you 'people-watching' from your coffee shop & commenting on everyday stuff in a serious yet humourous way that helped me cope day by day.

I'm really happy to say that I am currently free of depression; please understand that I know & recognise you for having played a big part in my recovery. You and your little cards have seen me from anything between 12% and 97% - you are and always will be a success in my book!

Be blessed in your new adventures. Fri, May 10th 2013 @ 12:17pm

I think, Jon, that you have the resources to make this the sad ending of a wonderful set of chapters, and a glorious start of the next 'book' (more than chapters). And to grateful Moodscopees everywhere, I suggest it might be time for the daily message to become a wiki collective with a Mooderator - (couldn't resist that!) to act as conduit and editor. We can become a self-help collective because I believe there will be untold riches shared between us. Jon could work at 100% capacity and still not reach his goal. 100 of us writing could work at 1% of our capacity... and then some, and continue on this life-line of inspiration to untold multitudes. Fri, May 10th 2013 @ 12:26pm

Dear Jon, I think it is fully legitimate for any normal person to feel sad as such an important chapter comes to a close. Like a much loved book, we are sad when we come to its end, but happy to have shared the journey. You have shown so much resourcefulness, wisdom, and resilience that I believe this is a good thing that is happening. You are beginning a new book – and this time with a band of brothers and sisters who will gladly travel with you.
As for us Moodscopees – this is a glorious opportunity for us to grow into a new dimension of sharing. We can become, with Moodscope’s agreement, a wiki of inspiration for each other. Jon, working at 100%, has reached a multitude. 100 Moodscopers working at 1% can reach the same number of people, building on Jon’s foundation. 1000 Moodscopers working at 1%, wiki-sharing the writing, can reach 10x the current audience without missing a heart-beat. All we need is a Mooderator to act as conduit and editor and then publisher through Moodscope.
There will be so much inspiration that we can share, one to another, that I believe filling 3 years’ worth of daily messages would be easy for the collective. I’m happy to contribute… and more. Lex McKee, Author and grateful Moodscopee.

Alexandra Lord Mon, May 13th 2013 @ 9:34am

Thank you so much Jon for the delightful way you put things. Your niceness in the messages you write has been a soft sweet spot in the morning. I signed on to Moodscope hoping a friend might enjoy it. He didn't look at it, but I kept it because your messages were so charming I liked getting them. I read them out to my little girl often. I'll look forward to your book very much. Alexandra

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