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Moodscope in not one but 153 words. Monday May 29, 2017

Thank you for all your descriptive words for Moodscope last Monday.

The clear winner is, "Supportive" – a reassuring result!

An audio-visual representation of the results, in the order they were shared, is here:

It's not exactly Eurovision but it is our United Vision, and it's a vision I'm proud to be a part of.

"Helpful" and "Community" were big themes. With "Reassuring," "Comfort," and "Comforting," also big winners, I think we can have an accurate sense of how most of us feel about and view Moodscope at this moment in time.

Moodscope is the Community that offers Support, Comfort, and Reassurance as we Help one another on this journey together. Other themes in themselves backed this up with a strong emphasis on the diagnostic assessment, and even having Moodscope as our Emotional Sat-Nav – keeping us Grounded whilst offering Hope.

If you were to give suggestions for what Moodscope can do with this wellspring of support and gratitude, what would you suggest?

I'm certain I speak for the majority when I say a huge "thank you!" for continuing the supportive work of Moodscope.

Onwards and upwards!

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Molly Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 12:51am

I inititally wanted to say 'wow' but as I continued to watch it just gave me the creeps. Sorry Lex. The same words over and over again just did not make me feel any better. It felt like a chiming clock, but I hope others enjoy it xx

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 4:49am

It was important to me that everybody's contribution was honoured in the order they were shared, Molly. For example, 'Haven' was used only once but it really spoke to me. This was a community contribution and I wanted everyone to have their say. It aint Spielberg, but it is us.

Molly Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 5:49am

Just watched it again to see if I would see it differently but I didn't like it. It is not that I am criticising what you have done there with the words, I just generally do not see the point in it xx

Orangeblossom Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 6:50am

Hi Lex, I know that lots of thought, time & attention was put into making this you tube video, & I believe that the message will reach some people. However, I couldn't watch the whole thing to the end. The word Supportive is like a chorus & a scaffolding. Yes, I think it may be effective in drawing people in to the Moodscope community.

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 8:15am

Hi Orangeblossom and Molly, this video is just for us. It's to share our results within the community and to honour each person's contribution from last Monday. Any promotional video would be short and punchy. 4 minutes of a list of words would drive people away! It's purely for review.

Molly Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 7:28pm

I think it was the repetitive use of the word supportive that was bugging me as well. Thanks for clarifying the purpose of the video. It's clever to produce something like that so I didn't mean to be critical. Most things are annoying me right now :-( xx

Sarah yellow rose Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 8:17am

Hi Lex, thank you for all the hard work you've put into this project. I really like the artwork and film. I think the audio is very inclusive as I have partially sighted friends I can recommend the link to. It also felt good to have my word included. A real community effort.

Sarah yellow rose Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 8:21am

Ps, I will wait for the promotional video before I share. Just wanted the highlight the benefits of audio

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 9:46am

Thank you, Sarah yellow rose. I actually really loved the words washing over me like a positive meditation - but I understand the confusion I've caused over the purpose of the video! I'm not assuming that I'll be creating the promotional video, but I'll have a bash if you've got some ideas. I love, of course, the idea of us being as 'inclusive' as possible. I know Mary records audio too, so perhaps this will become more important in the future.

Sally Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 8:37am

Wow. It was amazing to see our comments/ words on a bus ( virtual) shelter. I liked that best.
I really don't know how you could use this further...clearly, simply open publicity would be risking the community 's safeness? At the moment, it feels safe, unexposed to the sort of trolls you tend to get on wider nets...but I realise that wider exposure to those who could benefit is desirable . How known is Moodscope to mental health services, Mind and so forth? Would a short video with examples of who it has helped/ is helping be an idea? A board such as the one in your video? Word of mouth is how it tends to operate I think at the moment? A leaflet even, with graphics and recommendations?
Thank you for all your yard work, Lex.

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 9:49am

Thanks, Sally. For what it's worth, I think short, safe campaigns to specific groups would be brilliant. For example, an outreach to medical professionals. Then another to men of a certain age group (who are not well represented in our demographic). I'm sure we're not yet reaching a younger audience to the degree that we'd like to. That would have to be a different campaign with a different style. Of one thing I'm certain: we want to spread the word (or 153!)

Jul Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 9:04am

Hello Lex. Just out of interest.. how long did it take you to make the clip? It's very professional but I"m not surprised as I know you are very tech savvy. It's great and clever the way you've presented the images and the colours etc. I felt good when I heard the word I had used (Grounded) .Well done to you.
I think helping others in genuine way, help from fellow sufferers, spreads of its own accord. Numbers will grow as need grows. However I understand that Moodscope might benefit from a professional push to reach more people and the You Tube videos surely must be the main way forward? Jules xx

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 9:52am

Hi Jules, thanks for the encouragement - I got the warm feeling just by saying, "Grounded." Video is definitely the most search engine friendly way to proceed, but, as Sarah yellow rose says above, audio is inclusive for many other groups like the partially sited. The video took awhile! The process began, though, with a resource I'd love to shout about: Wordle creates word clouds from any text. It's moody and doesn't always work but absolutely fascinating. On this occasion, it was so helpful to 'see' the relative positioning of the words.

Salt Water Mum Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 9:33am

Well done on this Lex - the graphics look great. I too like the bus shelter. Of course for the 'real thing', it would be punchy and short but well done putting it together for us.


Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 9:53am

Thanks, Salt Walter Mum. Not everybody's cup-of-tea, but I can imagine turning that into a meditation to bathe in positive words and the strength of the community that shared them. I enjoyed the creative experience x

The Gardener Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 10:38am

Sally speaks about publicity - Lex about a video. Do you know, if my son had not introduced me to Moodscope I still would know NOTHING about it or where to find out information. Would one google something like 'CBT' or 'Psychiatric help'? Seems to me a first base problem. Without my son's introduction I would have missed out on a vital prop of the last three years - would possibly have gone to an Alzheimer support group - the two countries can pose a problem (but the States and Australia seem well represented).

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 1:02pm

Hi The Gardener - that's such an important point. I'm learning more about optimisation/optimization and 'CBT' plus 'Psychiatric Help' would be important key words to help more people find us. You've inspired a train of thought... which I will now catch and see where it leads!

Vickie Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 12:15pm

Hi Lex,
I really like the video and art work. I feel it represents our Moodscope) inclusive community. I learned of Moodscope through a Ted Talk on Youtube. I have mentioned the site to many health professionals and people in general but here in Canada it doesn't seem to resonate.....yet.
Thanks so much for all your efforts. Great work!

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 1:00pm

Cheers, Vickie. I think we are all puzzled why Moodscope isn't yet more widely adopted (though we do have a huge community). What I'm learning is that if I'm not getting the positive response I intend, I need to change my own communication. I think then, that we'll keep tweaking the message until more and more people join our safe community. Appreciated the encouragement.

LH Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 12:16pm

I think the visual images are great-I think that one of the framed pieces should definitely be in any publicity regarding moodscope
Well done Lex x

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 12:58pm

Thanks, LH. They were fun to make! x

LP Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 5:08pm

Hi Lex,
I read these comments before checking it out. I heard the audio on YouTube. No visuals so I'm intreagued about the bus stop idea that people seem to like!
Like others have said it's good fun listening out for your words and just nice to hear words that represent things that many of us value, not just about moodscope but generally too.
I like that your blog inspired , a Moodscope specific creation, that is rich, a wealth of warm and healing concepts.
Perhaps it could be used further for healing in some way. Maybe exploring what each word conjours up for an individual perhaps. Or maybe more creativity, a multisensory moodscope compilation of themes. I have no idea how, just a bit of blue sky thinking!
Thanks for collating and feeding back to us Lex! Good wishes to you and all. LP xx

Lex Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 5:14pm

Hi LP - I did think to myself, "Oooo, there are a lot of blogs in there!" It would be great if some of those whose words we shared would then go on and write a blog around them. I know that's too much to ask sometimes, but there's love in those words and I'd love to know more. xx

LP Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 7:51pm

True! When, you're searching for something that's been in front of you all along! :) xx

Leah Mon, May 29th 2017 @ 11:33pm

Hi Lex,
You have been a busy boy. The visuals as LH and others have said would make a great poster or teatowel if people in UK use them and not electric dishwashers!!
A bit of word fun. One day Supportive and some of her friends reassuring, helpful, inspiring, wisdom, grounding , motivating ,reflective, perceptive,insightful empowering and enlightening and many more joined to form a safe, encouraging, thought provoking , hopeful community that was a haven for all. They called it Moodscope.The end.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Tue, May 30th 2017 @ 12:53am

Nice one Leah. Carolinex

Molly Tue, May 30th 2017 @ 3:21am

:-) that was funny Leah xx

Lex Tue, May 30th 2017 @ 4:57am

Love it, Leah!

Sal Tue, May 30th 2017 @ 12:28pm

Thanks Lex. I too didn't watch to the end, but I think I got the drift! I like the wordcloud approach and I really like the idea of getting info out more widely about what a great community and supportive aid Moodscope is. I think you have a very reassuring voice! so I hope that can play a part in our publicity :) Great work :))

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