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Sad to say, I'm leaving. Friday May 3, 2013

Wow, this is a message I really didn't foresee myself writing. There's no easy way to say this but my time working with Moodscope is coming to an end. I'll be leaving in a week's time.

Let's get some important matters cleared up straight away, as I know they'll rightly be your first concerns.

1. Moodscope is of course more than about just one man, so it will rightly carry on operating much as it has, but from May 10th 2013 will be under the sole management and ownership of its two other directors Caroline Ashcroft and Adrian Hosford.

2. Moodscope's messages will continue to be published every day, but as of next Friday they'll come from The Moodscope Team rather than me.

3. Caroline and Adrian know how much the service is relied on by Moodscopers, so in the immediate future I'm sure Moodscope's operations will remain unaltered.

4. Sorry about this, but you've got another week of me before I head for the road. I'll be writing for the next six days.

Sadly, my reasons for needing to leave Moodscope are largely economic ones. Although I've immensely loved starting and working on the project over the last five years, the truth is that we've struggled on in poor financial health. The Moodscope Plus subscriptions just about cover minimal overhead costs, and we've been fortunate enough to benefit from two grants and helpful one-off contributions from Moodscopers, but there's never been the money to pay any kind of salaries - nor to cover the costs of bringing in freelance help.

While Caroline and Adrian have other ways of covering their day-to-day living expenses, I haven't. Although I've sold assets and had support from my parents and brother, I'm afraid it's no longer viable for me to carry on working full-time unpaid. Harder still for me has been the frustration of having no resources to move Moodscope on. I've been (and am still) full to the brim with ideas for mental wellbeing initiatives but have had no means of evolving the service into what I know it could have become.

Since the company has no financial reserves, I'm leaving Moodscope without payment, and giving my shares to Caroline and Adrian. From May 10th I will have no interest of any kind in the project.

I'm hugely sad to be leaving, quietly proud of what we've already achieved, deeply grateful to each and every Moodscoper who's supported the project (and me) and also very keen to get moving on my next project. More on this tomorrow.

I'd love you to register your details with me at my own site (details below) so I can keep in touch from time to time. When you've done so, you'll get a free copy of my just-completed ebook 'Twisted Thinking' as a thank you:

Thanks for reading, and sorry for what may be to some the unexpected news.

Oh yes, 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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Jon M Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 6:46am

It is really good to put a face to the person drafting the Moodscope messages each day. Your thoughts have given me a little injection of hope and positivity on days when this has been needed. I work in the corporate world and have been on a parallel journey of discovery for the past 10 years. I feel drawn to meeting with you in the near future. Thank you for giving to the world so freely. It is a very generous thing to do and I hope it has rewarded you in other ways.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:34am

You've given what you can Jon. No more could be asked. Best of luck!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:35am

Thanks Jon - for sharing so many deep inner thoughts and being part of my daily routine for the last 2 years or so. I am sure there are many people who have relied on you to provide the pick-me-up that so many find difficult to find themselves. You should be immensely proud of your efforts and I wish you the very best for whatever comes next .... and I am looking forward to hearing about that too! :)

Traxxus Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:35am

I signed up for Mood scope but only ever recorded my score once... I have, however, read your daily emails for 773 days (according to the most recent count). Thanks for doing what you do, and best of luck with wherever life takes you next!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:36am

You have brought hope to people on a daily basis. You have helped me through the dark days with your own personal touch of honesty positivity and light. I have pointed many people in your direction and highlighted the great work you have done with the mental health services that I have used in the past. Yes I am sorry to see you go but know that you are moving on to where you need to be. May all your future ventures be successful. Thank you

Beck Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:39am

Very sorry to hear this Jon. I've enjoyed your emails and found them very helpful. Little nudges that sometimes serendipitously happen on the right day. Many thanks. I've signed up to stay in touch.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:42am

Thanks for moodscope.
Your daily commentary and the tool have helped me along. Just because Moodscope did not make money does not change the fact that it is a great achievement.
If I ever meet you it will give me great pleasure to shake your hand.
I have no doubt there is more to come from you in your next chapter.

irene grose Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:43am

I am gutted you are leaving. Although I haven't recorded my mood everyday, I have always read your writings on my emails and never felt alone knowing your moodscope site was out there. I wish you well in all you do and will follow your journey with interest. Thank you for your email book and am now about to settle down and read it.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:46am

A heartfelt thank you Jon. Your daily messages have provided genuine help to me and, I hope, to you too.

Unknown Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:50am

Thank you for all you have done and for creating Moodscope. So sorry that you were not able to marshall the resources to go on and implement all the great ideas, but great that you are able to leave it in safe hands. Look forward to hearing what you do next.

C A Morgan Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:52am

Jon you will be sadly missed and it is a crying shame that your ground breaking ideas have not received the financial support necessary to support you and develop Moodscope. Thank you for persevering for so long, which I know has been at great personal cost, and for the enormous and life changing support for me personally. My life is the better for having found Moodscope and your expertise and thoughtfulness.

Thinking with my business hat on - I am struggling to understand how the organisation will continue without your fundamental input and expertise which is core to Moodscope. Reading the profiles of the other two Directors I can see they have considerable expertise in business and finance but assume they will have to pay someone to do the work you did which if they couldn't find finance to pay you it is unlikely they will to pay anyone else?

I wish you and the other Directors well but am very concerned as to how it is proposed the Moodscope service will continue.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:53am

It really is a sad day. Jon you've done wonders with your email in helping put my anxiety and mood into perspective - as a company director (being lonely at the top!) your daily dose has been comforting and healing. Thanks to you and the Moodscope team for all your hard work.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:59am

Just to say a huge thank you for all your inspirational messages. They have helped me a lot.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:02am

I had a breakdown just over 18 months ago - I started using Moodscope shortly after leaving hospital and have used it (almost) daily since. Your daily messages serve as more than just a reminder to me to do my Moodscope, they give me a lift and a thought for the day.
Best of luck Jon - and thank you for supporting me in so many ways over the past 18 months.

Mike Holland Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:03am

Thanks for all your work on Moodscope over the years. It has been (and I am sure will continue to be) a great initiative. I wish you every good fortune in your next venture, whatever it is.

Debbie Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:05am

I was surprised at how upset I got when I read your leaving message. I understand your reasons for leaving, but despite never meeting or speaking to you I feel a similar sadness to if a close friend had just moved to the other side of the road. Thank you very much for your messages which I read every single morning. They have made me feel more positive on many occassions, and on one particulary bad day your message summed my feelings up perfectly. I forwarded it onto my fiance explaining that I was feeling low and needed help only to find he was a fellow moodscoper and already seen your message! Thank you for giving us an easy way to bring up depression and mood swings, now we can support each other through rough patches.

Good luck in the future, the tears have stopped now and I hope you find success and a rewarding career elsewhere. Never forget what an amazing job you have done and how many lives you have changed.

I will miss you,


Jackie Jones Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:13am

Hi - I would very much like to Thankyou fir all your hard work. I have been reading your daily readings fir over a year and have enjoyed their common sense; simplicity, and honesty. They - and therefore you, have enhanced my life enormously,for which I am very grateful. I hope that you will gain the funding to continue your work. Look forward to reading your book. With thanks Jackie Jones x

Jackie Jones Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:15am

Hi - I would very much like to Thankyou fir all your hard work. I have been reading your daily readings fir over a year and have enjoyed their common sense; simplicity, and honesty. They - and therefore you, have enhanced my life enormously,for which I am very grateful. I hope that you will gain the funding to continue your work. Look forward to reading your book. With thanks Jackie Jones x

Juliet Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:16am

Sad to hear that you will no longer by writing your daily messages. Good luck in your next ventures and thank you for your generosity.

Simon Frank Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:17am

Jon - we've never met, but you have become a good friend and wise counsellor to me over the last couple of years through Moodscope. You will be very sorely missed. Incredible that you've managed to sound so positive when you've been gnawed at by financial worries - I know just how dreary that can be. You have created something truly brilliant in Moodscope - it does what it says on the tin and above all - it works. We come from similar backgrounds - advertising. These days I split my time between scriptwriting and running a newly formed creative collective called Bats In Belfries ( If I can be of any help - do get in touch. Best wishes, Simon Frank

Victoire Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:19am

I am very sad to read the blog this morning. I joined Moodscope in the early days, having heard about it on Radio 4. I was suffering the slow demise of my father at the time, and his subsequent death, and flipping the cards each morning kept me sane, if a little above zero on the graph... Since then I've really enjoyed reading this blog and discovering so many like minded people articulating their thoughts and struggles. Although Jon's post has been repeated in recent weeks, its been an amazing feat to come up with so many new and innovative thoughts each day for so long. I wasn't aware you were unpaid and can fully appreciate the pressures involved. Moodscope seems to me to be rather different to other wellbeing/mental health sites, and there is definitely a demand for such. It's lovely that it reaches across the globe, and at the click of a mouse one can be sharing thoughts/feelings with someone thousands of miles away. I will be very sad to lose Jon as his daily post has been such a source of strength these past years. I wish you all the best and hope that Moodscope can inherit his passion and commitment in reaching those that maybe other sites don't. I am anxious about its future and hope that Caroline and Adrian can keep it going, and developing, without forfeiting its personal touch. A tough challenge I recognise. All the best to you Jon. And yes, I would very much like to stay in touch, and will check out your website. Victoria

Sarah Rayner Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:21am

Dear Jon, I was so sad to read your message today, and wanted to write and say a huge personal thank you. Two years ago my now husband (we married two days ago!) heard you speak on Radio 4, and nudged me to your site. Since that time I have been keeping a regular Moodscope chart and I think what you have set up with the site is nothing short of genius. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for a long while, and I have used my chart to show my doctor, therapist and psychiatrist - in fact without it I'm not sure I would have ever got to even see the latter - I have encouraged dozens to try the site, and I spent some time at the Priory last summer as an outpatient, and told everyone (staff and patients) there how fantastic I thought MS is. I have one buddy, for instance, who finally got the evidence she'd needed to see her depressions were linked to her monthly cycle through using MS, and has had successful medical treatment since, after years of suffering. Like you I have an advertising background, and like you mental health (and its lack of NHS funding) is something I feel passionately about. I now write novels full time (I was blessed with my third becoming a bestseller, which freed me up creatively and meant I could finally leave copywriting), and my fifth novel, which I am 3/4 through, will have mental health as its overarching subject. I have emailed direct, and who knows, maybe we can work together in the future. Regardless, I really do want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I realise I have just 'taken' (other than my MS Plus support) and never put out there how much your efforts have meant to me personally. Indeed, I find myself tearful writing this, and then I realised it was a perfectly reasonable thing, to find myself crying about your departure. With love, and thank you again, Sarah

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:28am

Dear Jon,
this is really sad and unexpected News and hard to beleieve. I can tell you, that I was reading your inspirations almost daily early morning and it was many times a good start into the day for me. You met my soul and I think, it is a precious capability you are having! So I will really miss you. Your text was of higher value for me than the moodtest itself. I understand your reasons and want to tell you, that I feel bad, as I was never paying anything for the Moodscope Services though I would be ready to do so. Just consuming, and this is not ok! Suppose many others did it in the same way. I am sure, that you (the Moodscope Team) could set up an concept to set a better economic base for Moodscope and hope it is not to late to do so now. I hope you reconsider staying and continuing your work! All the best wishes! Heidi

Vivienne Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:28am

I am as surprised as Debbie to be in tears that you are leaving Moodscope - your daily emails with gentle humour, insightful comments and your depth of understanding have kept me going through some difficult times and given me a lift whenever one's been needed. I can't wait for your book to come out.
Best wishes for the future and thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such a big difference in my life and the lives of so many others. I'm glad the blog is here so I can look back on some of your emails.Take care.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:32am

So so sorry to hear this - both that you are leaving and of the circumstances which force this. I do wish you well in the future, and give you huge thanks for the inspirational and helpful posts which have improved my mental well-being in recent times. God bless you.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:34am

Dear Jon,

I'm sad to hear you are leaving. I've been introduced to Moodscope by my therapist since August last year and it's been a life saver. It really is amazing to see your mood go up and down and understand the causes of it. I've been lucky enough to find one good friend who is as dedicated to moodscope as I am, we support each other through it, and I think it's helped her as well. Thank you for all your messages, for all your time and wish you all the luck in the future. You're doing amazing things!


Shirley Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:35am

I'm very sad to hear this, but wanted to thank you for all you have done, and wish you all the best for the future.

Mary Uren Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:38am

It is very sad to say goodbye, but best that you take care of yourself first, of course. You have helped me and so many others for years and we can never properly repay you, but my gratitude is lasting and I wish you well, wherever the future takes you. Will stay in touch via your own site and look forward to seeing more of your ideas come to fruition.
Thank you Jon, you have made a difference.

javier regueira Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:41am

Your messages where a fantastic support, thanks so much por all the help.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:46am


Your emails have been both inspirational, accessible and gave me two minutes every day to just reflect.
Your words always made sense and re-enforced those simple key things that really matter.
I have to confess as ridiculous as it may seem I'm sitting here shedding a tear you aren't going to be sending them anymore.
I wish you all the best. I am sure you provided many people with your words more empathy than you know, you definitely did for me.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:46am

Sorry to hear that you have to leave, but you've done a great job. Best of luck with your next project, I hope it brings you what you need.

Have you ever tried crowd funding? (just a thought, a very obvious one I'm sure)

Thanks for your wise words,

All the best,

Lorna Love Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:47am

I have read the messages every day for a couple of years now and they have made a huge different to my daily wellbeing. I have never commented before but they have been (and I know this sounds a bit OTT but it is actually true) life enhancing. I was very sad to read your message. Would you be interested in making your blog posts pay? I, for one, would definitely pay a subscription. You have done an amazing job and I am very, very grateful for your dedication. Very best wishes for the future. Lorna

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:48am

I too was saddened to hear your news but wish you well in your next endeavour. What is wrong with our society that we don't invest in proven therapeutic methods - such as Moodscope - which are not only beneficial but extremely cost effective?

pointycat Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:52am

Best wishes for the future - I've really appreciated the daily messages and all you've achieved with Moodscape. It has been very helpful to me and so many others.
Thank you again - have left my details on your other site - will be good to know how things are going with you.

AllieD Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:54am

Hi Jon
Everybody here has probably said everything I want to, but so much more eloquently. I too started Moodscoping after the radio programme, having suffered a breakdown from work related stress in 2010. Whilst I no longer need to record my scores daily, I am so much recovered, I could not manage without the e-mails - they always seem to hit the right place and there has been many a time when they have provided me with so much inspiration. You are a wonderful person Jon and I've already registered with your new venture - I wish you every success. This will not be an easy week for you, but all these posts will reassure you how much you have helped people and made their lives more liveable.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:55am

I was introduced to Moodscope by Mary (2 messages above). I have found it really useful over the last year and have found many of your messages helpful. I have subsequently recommended it to several friends. I'm sorry it's goodbye, and I wish you every good wish for the future. You deserve good luck for all the good things you have given us.

Jacquie Guess Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:56am

I too am surprised and the wrench I felt when I read your message, you have become a friend (albeit virtually) and I know I will miss your inspirational messages that pull me up when I am really down and make me realise that there is a life out there at all times. Thank you for the work you have done and the wonderful legacy you leave for us. Whilst I know I will live with my depression daily i now know it does not have to control me - no matter what the 'black dog' thinks. So thank you Jon from the bottom of my heart

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:01am

Like everyone else I am somewhat gutted at this news. You have become such a part of my daily routine Jon - and the daily messages were also good value. It is as if a close friend is leaving for somewhere overseas somehow...
I totally understand why you are leaving - and do hope the service can continue without you. But there is no doubt you will be missed.
I am wishing lots of repayment for you in your next venture!
All the very best... Alison

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:01am

I cannot thank you enough for your fortitude and courage in bringing a daily 'thought for the day' into my life. At times it has literally been a lifesaver. It has brought me back from a very dark place realising I'm not on my own and given practical tools for me to work with. Good luck in your new venture amd thank you.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:02am

i am very sad to see you go Jon you have helped me in so many ways since i discovered this wonderful site even if i dont do the daily moodscope daily i always read your daily stories/messages and they have always always helped me

im sure you will succeed in what ever you do in the future of that i have no doubt

good luck and ive signed up to your new site so will look forward to reading your plans

again thanks you are such an inspiring man

sending hugs your way xx

Mary Blackhurst Hill Hill Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:07am

I have already contacted you directly, so won't repeat myself here, apart from expressing a wish to echo all the sentiments above. You have touched many people's lives and all for the better. That's something about which you can be very very proud (a 3 on the "proud" card, perhaps!).
It occurs to me that many of Moodscope's followers are intelligent, educated and creative people. Perhaps Caroline and Adrian would like to invite some us users to volunteer as writers for the site. If we had a pool of writers they could call upon for the daily posts (they keep editorial control) that might be one way forward to answer C A Morgan's most natural and inevitable concerns. Just a thought...

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:07am

Thank you jon for doing such a great job with Moodscope. Sorry you have not had the finance to develop it as you wanted. Do hope you will find a satisfying job that is also financially rewarding. Hope to keep in touch.

Scalpay Linen Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:08am

Thank you so much for the daily messages. Like so many other moodscopers they have become part of my life. What a shame that the valuable service you have provided cannot be publicly financed. I

guarantee that you have
saved me from many trips
to my doctor by providing
an alternative focus with
your daily tips and a
means of monitoring my
mood in an organised
way. Is there a book of
your messages available
to buy?
Sincere good wishes for whatever you do in the future. And "thank
you" for the support your work has provided to me over the years. Bless you.

Kate Wood Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:08am

I have to echo all of the above. I've been reading your messages daily over the past two years, through major life changes. You've been like a good friend, checking in and staying in touch. I appreciate your generosity, courage and perseverance. Take care and wishing you only the best for your future.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:15am

I was very saddened to hear this news Jon, but have a suspicion that something very good will come out of this change. I think you have more supporters, who see the real value of what you do, than you may realise.

Mrs Sippy Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:19am

Thank you Jon for giving of yourself so generously and unselfishly for so long. You have touched lives, particularly mine, and made dark days more bearable. Moodscope is such a work of genius, I can't believe it doesn't have the financial backing of the national health. It has helped to put me back in control of my life and I am so grateful to you for that. Your daily messages were like a chat with a friend and I will miss them very much. The fact that you were also an advertising creative, helped me relate to you and your experiences even more. I wish you good luck, good health, and fulfilment in all you set out to achieve. Take care x

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:23am

I'm awfully sorry to hear that. I admire your work very much and enjoy reading your posts, some of them excellent. I got used to register my mood every morning, it's a shame. Of course
I'll sign in to your new site. Good luck!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:28am

I did the scope the last two years just twice, because my mood is changing continuous. But I read your mail every single day! Your thoughts and so often your so personal view had been very helpful to me. I wish you good luck and be sure that I will miss your daily newsletter.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:28am

Sad to know you are leaving for financial reasons, Jon, and that we didn't repay your kindness more. You have enhanced and empowered my life since 2011 with wise words, positivity and humour. It has been great " knowing you" and so thank you for every single one of your newsletters. Thank you, Jon, and good luck!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:32am

Danke, Jon / Thanks, Jon!!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:37am

Thank you for all you've done, you've changed many peoples lives!

Sue Kington-Smith Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:38am

All my feelings about you leaving have been expressed very fully by others, so I have nothing to add but a huge THANK YOU for all the support you have given me through your daily emails. Moodscope is an essential part of my life now, and you will be sadly missed. I'm amazed that the mental health organisations cannot get some hefty funding channeled your way; you must have saved the NHS huge amounts by helping people like us. I hope your future will bring you the very best of everything.

Peter Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:38am

Dear Jon

Sad news. But: Congratulations for your courage to move on from Moodscope and to leave it in good hands of Caroline instead of suffering and ruin your wonderful great idea and work so far. I often thought of you and your impressive daily work, always in high respect and admiration, how great and constant and "life-wise" you were giving hope and compassion and encouragement to a huge bunch of people like me suffering in daily deeds, sorrows and needs and shortages of energy, means, joy and hope and lacks confiance and reliance. You did a great, great work and it was amazing to see the permanence and consistency you had in helping us.

I am looking forward to your book. "Mood Nudges" I order it right away and if its possible to pay some extra money as a a contribution for your great work and help to you directly, I would love to send you some extra money right away. It is beyond price what you already did for us. So to send you some money (not much, bust still an amount I can afford) It will be, I know, just a drop on a hot stone. But:

My gratitude and thankfulness are boundless, my financial means unfortunately not. But I hope, with mine and other contributions, you get an appreciation and estimation, that is 1000 x a tiny pit = a substantial appraisal that helps you keep on going so strong and awesome, as we had the big joy and fortune to know you.

Please: Publish here an account (paypal would be the best for me, as I am a foreigner). And everybody, hlep to make my little contribution to Jon to a substantial one to join me.

Thank you everybody thankful enough to join me in saying thank you to Jon by sending him some "pounds". Thank you all. And please Jon, tell us here, how we can send you some money.

Thank you and all the best, groover.


Tahira Martin Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:43am

Thank you so very much for your gentle daily guidance - like many I feel I know you personally! My very best wishes for your future.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:54am

I wish Caroline every success now Jon has gone. I suspect she has been holding the fort for a while now anyway so a big thank you Caroline for all you do behind the scenes and from now on hopefully your face will appear on our screen and we will get to know you. I am so relieved and immensely grateful you have agreed to take on this project which is so important to the day to day well being of us all.
Bon Courage Caroline and we look forward to a Caroline (and David) inspired Moodscope from today. New beginnings!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:59am

a very brave move. this is the next chapter. don't be disheartened, be enthused. it is your enthusiasm and determination that has helped us all so much. can't wait so see your next project. you have an inner wisdom, and a gift for expressing it that is priceless. at the end of the day if you work any other job and post a daily blog, you will change the lives of thousands of people. that is a rare gift. what a great day for you. Jon, could you set up a link on your website for donations? I would dearly like to donate what I can to your next project. I don't work but I would like to say thank you for your emails that have kept me sane. best of luck.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:01am

Even the technology is playing up today, Jon. I have tried to sign in 7 times! Only Anonymous works Thanks for your generosity of spirit and wit.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:01am

Thank you Jon for your dedication to humanity's welfare and for the personal inspiration and thoughtful daily messages. Sounds like you're making a good ending which in turn means you'll be ready to choose from and enjoy all the new opportunities that will come your way. Very best of luck. With thanks. Ella

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:05am

Feel the hat should be passed round. I will def. contribute to the leaving present. Cheers, Jon. You're a trusted efriend!!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:07am

Thank you thank you thank you. Hope you score 100 today, Jon

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:08am

Thank you for everything you've done for me in the last few years Jon. I'll never be able to thank you enough. I hope your future is full of happiness and fulfilment - you really deserve it.

Derek Simpson Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:10am

It seems I'm not the only one who touched base with Moodscope each day. My mood recording has fallen off somewhat - me trying to be a big man and go it alone. It's all very well walking wiothout a crutch but not so nice to have the crutch taken away. In the nature of things if a therapy works then the sufferer feels better and goes on his or her way - also in the nature of things others come along needing help. A few times my score gave me a jolt into recognizing that I was far from well which is the first step toward dealing with it. That also helped me understand others who were/are depressed but of course cannot see it themselves , being "locked in". The daily story has been a kind of secular "thought for the day" - often wondered how you kept the standard up. Like others on here I will miss what you do. I hope you go on to do more. Hereabouts we say "what goes around comes around" - Karma - you are owed some good stuff. Can a donation be made via Paypal or somesuch to help you over the bridge ?

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:17am

I have very much enjoyed your daily emails and was very sad to read it this morning. I enjoyed the little things you said that could make me see sense or brighten up my day. All the best for the future. Jenna

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:22am

Many thanks for all you have given Jon. Your daily thoughts give me a lift each morning and a jumpstart to the day.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:22am

Goodness- what a shock. I am so sorry you are leaving and the reasons that make this necessary. I didn't realise how much of a 'shoestring' Moodscope operates on and I want to say a heartfelt thank you for your daily messages which are always useful and have sometimes brought me up from a very low state. I've no doubt that your gifts will be used elsewhere and wish you well so THANK YOU AGAIN AND 'GOD BLESS'.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:29am


I've enjoyed your words every day for a couple of years now and yes it really does feel like losing a wise and caring friend. Although I stopped flipping the cards a while back,it was your daily email that has helped lift and encourage me.
Thank you and Good luck on your new venture.

nikki Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:29am

Thankyou so much Jon for hanging on as long as you did with money that tight.I have often used your gift of words as a way of communicating my feelings when I couldn't find my own. you have an amazing talent Jon,so whatever you do in the future I hope you can use that talent.all the very best for the future.Shalom.

Matthew Nicholson Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:31am

We have a friend Jon Cosins
He sent emails to thousands
We never met at least not yet
His words we read
serve our need
Thank you and good luck Jon Cousins

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:32am

Donation via Paypal? Gets my vote too

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:37am

Dear Jon three simple words - I'll miss you!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:43am

I am going to miss you SO much every morning. Your fluid messages always seemed to hit the mark. Your gift of communication is great and your willingness to share sublime. Thank you, thank you for the work you have done....and will do in future. I am a fan. All the very best, too, to the Moodscope team. xx

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:54am

Sorry to hear you are leaving :(. I have enjoyed reading your daily bits - food for thought always. Good luck with your next venture. Thanks.

Peter's Contribution for Jon Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:59am

Contribution for Jon

I have a paypal account and I will collect every cent or penny or Rappen for Jon fiducial and tell you here the sum we can contribute to Jon:

Just send the money per paypal to this email:

I open the collection for Jon by paying 50 € to it as my deep estimation and thankfulness to Jon and his wonderful helpful work.

I let you know here about the collection.

Thank you all for joining.

Best wishes and greetings, Peter

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:59am

So sorry to see you go; I don't record my score but I read the message every day and am all the better for it. I can't believe that there is no-one out there who can help you get funding to continue this work.
Come on everybody, put your thinking hats on....maybe it's our turn to help?!!How about a tweet to anyone high profile who is supportive of good mental health or an approach to a big charity which supports mental health...even to business since it seems that many of us are using moodscope to get us through our working day!

Jon Cousins Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:03am

Wow guys. For once I'm a little lost for words. Thank you so, so much for this tsunami of heartfelt sentiment. Having a busy day, but am very buoyed up by reading everyone's messages here.

Can I say sorry to people who've emailed me for not getting back to them/you straight away? I'll definitely read all my messages but it may take some time.

In the meantime, a Hollywood sign-sized thank you to you all.

Village Website Editor Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:14am

Mary, that is an extraordinarily good idea. I would love to be a part of such a pool of writers, assuming my writing is good enough, of course.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:17am

Sad to know you are leaving. Happy to know you are starting a new journey and wish you very good luck. Very grateful to have found Moodscope during the darkest moments of my life, it was good to have some certainty every morning coming into my inbox... thank you so much for that.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:22am

I thought your goodbye message was very poignant, and you will be very much missed. What a wonderful contribution you have made to so many people, me and my daughter included. I have been reading your thoughts every day for the past couple of months since I came across Moodscope, and you have always managed to be refreshing, encouraging, inspiring and thought provoking - no mean feat for a daily blog of sorts. I am utterly confident that your path of giving will continue in some other form, and you will look back on this time of change as a good thing and a door opener to new challenges and new lessons learnt which I am sure you will pass on, as one learner to many others. Keep on keeping on. There are so many people who struggle with mental health, and we all need to look out for each other.

All the very best


Caroline Ashcroft Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:23am

Hi everyone, I just wanted to say many thanks to those that have wished the remaining Moodscope team luck! We are so sad to see Jon go and wish him every success in his new venture. I'd like to reassure everyone though that we are determined to continue Jon’s great work and are committed to the continual improvement of Moodscope.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:26am


We met in passing at the Quantifed Self conference in San Francisco two years ago, and I dabbled with MoodScope out of professional interest. I kept my subscription to your daily messages, though, because I found them well-written, thoughtful (and thought-provoking), and often inspiring. Thank you.

I wish you the very best in your next endeavor, and continued good health and happiness in life.

Waterville Valley, NH USA

dominique Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:31am

It is a sad day. I am really sorry to hear that you have to leave Moodscope for financial reasons
I love reading your daily messages and I don't know if I will feel the same connection again
All the best

Village Website Editor Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:31am

Hi Jon

I've just read through all the comments and it's clear that so many people feel as I do - that this is a really sad day, but hopefully as one door closes, many others shall open for you.

Occasionally I have been a bit of a vocal critic of certain aspects of your daily emails. And maybe I didn't pay enough attention to praising you on the many many days when you helped me to feel better. So let me say it clearly: you've been a huge help to me, Jon, and I'm really grateful. My wife is my Moodscope buddy, and the scores do the talking for me when I feel so low that I can't find the words to discuss my feelings with her. It's been invaluable. Thank you.

Like others, I hadn't realised that Moodscope was so tight for cash. And I didn't realise that you personally had no other source of income. I now feel ashamed for not paying into a service which I have found so very useful over the years.

I'd like to make amends for my lack of a financial contribution so far, but now that you've left Moodscope, I'm not sure what would be appropriate. I like the idea of a PayPal collection for you, but that doesn't seem fair to the rest of the Moodscope team who have put in so much hard work behind the scenes.

I've already signed up on your new site, started reading your ebook on CBT errors, and I've even forwarded it on to a life coach who I'm sure will find it useful with his clients.

An earlier commenter suggested building a pool of Moodscope writers to help fill the void you'll leave. I would love to volunteer my time towards helping Moodscope, and I'd also love to volunteer to help you out too in any way I can. I can contribute at least 1 day per week to this. I've been seeking a worthy way to volunteer for a few weeks now. I'll email you personally too to make sure you receive this offer!

I feel very sad about today, but like others have said, I have a feeling that great things are to come from this.

Julia Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:32am

This is wonderful Caroline. Excellent news.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:35am

Dearest Jon,
I have emailed you before and said I thought you were a genius with what you delivered to us each day, and I stand by that. What you have given us all is one hell of a gift, truly amazing and so generous. I will miss you of course, but wish you nothing but goodness in your next ventures. May you walk in beauty, or as Jon Kabat Zin says "know that you already do".

Thank you always. Julie Hamilton.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:40am

Like everyone else who's posted so far, this is sad news. But understandable under the circumstances. I love the daily messages. I've found them apt and meaningful, and sometimes felt as if Jon was a mind reader as his observations were often so spot on and resonant to my situation. It is like listening to a good friend give sound advice, as others have said. I will carry on reading, but will also sign up to your new site Jon. Can't let you go that easily.
Best of luck with ventures new.
With much appreciation for all your efforts, care and compassion.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:47am


Can't say I've suffered from depression, but your emails have been wonderful to read - just a small bit of sanity and badly needed perspective that I've enjoyed reading.

Thank you so much!

Rob Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:48am

Well done for everything you have done with Moodscope. I appreciate the simplicity and effectiveness of the concept - but what has really made the difference has been your willingness to stay with it for five years and take it to where it has helped many thousands of people. This is a very fine legacy and I wish both Moodscope and yourself fair winds in the future

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:49am

Wow what a shock to read your news this morning. It takes a lot of courage to walk away from something you feel so passionate about. I have benefited enormously from moodscope and have lost count of the amount of people I have recommended it to. It does infuriate me that there is never enough funding for projects like this to stay operational. Good luck in all that you do. You will be missed for sure. Xxx

Melanie Kovero Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:51am

Dear Jon, Sincerest thanks for Moodscope and your daily emails of insight, encouragement & camaraderie. I echo all the
earlier comments of sadness, thanks and well wishing. ??? Melanie

sydney00 Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:52am

Hi John,
You write so well! Keep up your good and inspired sensitive mission of communication!
You a beacon of light to many : )
-Remi (Chicago, IL)

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:13pm

That's a sad to hear Jon, a great idea / site and honest, enjoyable writing in your daily insights.
Had you or the other guys looked at kickstarter or Indiegogo to get the app idea going? If you've already covered that forgive me.
I'll follow your new site and all the best sir, you did something really good here.
Mark K.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:25pm

Thank you.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:26pm

Dear Jon,

thank you for your great idea and your great work. I'm positive you will be successful, whatever you will chose to do next. I wish you all the best

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:29pm

Hi Jon,

I'm sorry to hear your sad news, I really hope you find financial success in your next venture. You have given so generously and made such a difference to many lives, which is hugely successful, so thank you so so so so much.

If I win the lottery, you're up there on my list of priorities.

Best of luck and wishing you every success in every thing you do.

And sending lost of positive energy and love to you.


Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:35pm

Hi Jon,
Many thanks for your daily emails, you have helped me through a difficult time with your honest, good sense and insight. I wish you all the best. You have helped so many people and hope you are able to continue to help, but I do hope you get paid for it!

Paul j Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:39pm

Jon, thank you for Moodscope it has been a pleasure to receive your daily missive, and recording my scores then sharing them with my buddies a major factor in my recovery. I really look forward to hearing of your next venture. Best wishes and heartfelt thanks, Paul J

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:42pm

Thank you Jon for helping me move from darkness into a lighter place - without your daily words I would still be in that dark place. You will always be a friend to me.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 12:57pm

Dear Jon,

I'm very sorry to hear you are leaving. I track my mood daily and it helps to get a perspective. I also felt that you personally were alongside all of us in our daily ups and downs. Thank you so much for creating Moodscope. Good luck with your next project,

Mozie xx

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 1:04pm

Hi Jon
I just want to sincerely thank you for helping me at a time when I really needed it. Your writing has been so inprired, so personal and at times I've felt you were writing it just for me. You just hit the right tone and it's been greatly appreciated.

Wishing you all the very best for the future.


Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 1:20pm

I have always found your insights and daily thoughts a massive help. It was amazing that some days it was almost like you were reading my mood that day. Thank you, thank you! I will keep in touch it is a shame about the funding, we are all in difficult times financially at the moment. You will be greatly missed but I have already signed up to your new blog!

Otir Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 1:26pm

This is indeed a very unexpected news. I do not want to read the ninety and so previous comments before leaving a note too here, because I do not want to get depressed at the news with its bright side and sad side as there is always to any news.

I want to say that I am fully confident that the tools (moodscope) that has been Jon's baby is in good hands because the team knows it very well, and will not want to neglect it.

I want to say that I fully understand Jon's perspective and that it can't be healthy to keep working with a constant cloud of worries about income, and that this adventure must be the springboard and not the demise of one's career.

I will do all I can to keep in touch with you, because although we live on different continents, come from different cultures, sharing a condition that Moodscope as a tool has helped me understand better, and most importantly monitor in a way that is making me finally hopeful that I am in control of my mental health and not the contrary, has given me the feeling that we are family. I want to be able to know what you are becoming, the same way as I do with my siblings who live afar and have their going and coming, their worries and their lives, but are still close to my heart and of course when in need, can count on my full support always and inconditionally.

Wishing absolutely every one the best of luck, will keep in contact with pleasure with Caroline, and sending love to all.

Peter Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 1:46pm

Thats great Caroline. Thank you so much for all you did together with Jon for us and that you will continue together with Adrian. I wish you and Adrian once again all the luck and energy, power, activity, attentiveness, alertness, excited mind, inspiration, enthusiasm, interest, strength, determination and support you need, to continue Jon's great idea and to keep on helping us. Good luck, happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment for your work, that is work, that helps us so much. We will support you as much as we can. And hopefuklly get for Jon a striking and helpful present in form of paypal money as a sign for our deep appreciation of his help for us. Since now there are € 65, CHF 18.- and £ 23,- spent on the paypal account for Jon. The account adress is just the simple E-Mail: I will keep collecting it for Jon.
Thank you all, thank you Caroline, Peter

Peter Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 1:54pm

The paypal account for Jon is

Since now we have collected for Jon: 65 €, 18 CHF, 23 £

Thank you. Best, Peter

rowlandhills Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 2:42pm

Jon - Best wishes for the future. I have appreciated every daily reminder that you've sent, and I appreciate all that you've created in Moodscope. I hope that you find something which allows your talents to be rewarded appropriately.

Moodscope Team - Please keep up the good work. Moodscope is something great and I hope that you can keep on improving it, perhaps including some of the many suggestions made in the feedback earlier this year. Please don't let Jon's departure change any of the fundamental value of the site.

Sam Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 2:51pm

Thanks, Jon, for all you've done and all you do. Good luck in future endeavors.

Lostinspace Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 3:08pm

What a hero to have carried on for so long without payment! I am truly sorry that it was not possible to expand as you wanted but unsurprising in what I call "Cut Britain". I shall miss you enormously and this will be a good lesson in rolling with "change", so I look forward to see what the other members of the team have to say! I wish you every good fortune in your new endeavours and most of all I wish you Payment!! Good Luck Jon and a huge Thank You.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 3:15pm

Sad to read this mornings post.

Thank you Jon for impacting peoples lives in such a positive way.

You will be missed.

Frances Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 3:31pm

My daughter introduced me to Moodscope several years ago. I have taken the tests (irregularly)but read your mail daily. It has helped me and helped me to support and encourage my daughter.
I am embarrassed to admit that I have not sent any payment to Moodscope. It just did not occur to me. You have helped so many people, and all done without thought of profit. That is remarkable. You deserve more than gratitude and I wish you every happiness and success in the next phase of your career. I wish you well and I wish you a good salary too!

Stephen John Smoogen Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 3:43pm

Thank you so much for your time and effort into this project. This tool has been invaluable to me and your daily emails have been wonderful when I have had bad days. Good luck on your next venture and again thank you.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 4:12pm

Thank-you so much for your spot-on daily takes on the world which have helped me get through some grim moments during the winter. You can be immensely proud of how you have reached and supported so many people. You will be much missed and I wish you all success in your next venture

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 4:37pm

Thankyou so much for your daily support. you will never know the good you have done Jon Cousins! THANKYOU.

Jules Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 5:11pm

I'm extremely sad to hear this news. You will be greatly missed. I've been looked forward to your daily e-mails, which have been so inspiring.Like many others I had no idea you have been working so hard with no financial reward. I wish you lots of luck, success and prosperity in your next venture - you deserve it, you've helped so many people. Thank You Jon!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 5:27pm

Thank you for everything jon. I'm sorry to hear you couldn't get the revenue model to work. Your app was one of the few apps that actually brought value to the world. I will truly miss your post. Wishing you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 5:28pm

thanks for all you've done Jon. moodscope saw me through a long challenging period in my life and I still read the emails regularly. thanks for your generosity, including giving your time, energy and financial input. I know it must be hard for you to have made this decision. good luck with everything. big love

Caryl Hart Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 5:49pm

Dear Jon
I joined moodscope after hearing you on Radio 4. Since then your posts have been inspiring, powering and, above all, comforting. I'm very sad to hear you are leaving, and hope that you'll be calm and happy in your new job.

symian Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 5:58pm

Best of luck Jon.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:12pm

I'm shocked but pleased you have the strength to move on. I will miss you! BUT onwards and upwards. All the best to you and Thank you for 'keeping me going'!

DIANA Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:13pm

It should be "a laugh a day keeps the therapists poor ", and guess who impoverished them. I mean this as a compliment Jon !

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:39pm

Like others who have commented on your news, I too feel like I know you and have appreciated your daily postings far more than I can put into words. Two things helped me recover from my breakdown three years ago - joining Moodscope and taking up cycling again after a long break. I think it is criminal the way that mental health services are so chronically underfunded in this country and that Moodscope has had no meaningful financial backing to allow it to offer such a valued, essential service. Good luck for the future!

Julie Grawemeyer Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:50pm

The ripples of effect with this project amaze me, as I hope they astound you. Please keep working on your projects. Call to us for information to get more grants; we will show up for you. I will miss reading your voice.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 7:57pm

Jon - Thanks for all your dedication and hard work. Good luck in the future!

Deborah Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 8:17pm

I felt completely gutted when I read your mesage this morning, and also guilty - could I have done something to help you get funding? Probably not, I'm afraid, but I am very sad about this and wish you all the best in your future endeavours. These are hard times and you have made a real difference to many people by creating such a powerful personal connection; well done and thank you.

Phragmites Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:05pm

I hope everything goes really well for you in the future. I heard about Moodscope from radio 4 and have used it ever since - recording my mood just about daily and reading your emails daily. I suffered from depression in the past, but don't now and I view Moodscope as a part of my mental health management like eating a healthy diet. I have really enjoyed reading your emails and will really miss them! I look forward to following your future innovations!

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:11pm

Jon, echoing what others have already said, you will be missed!

I've really enjoyed getting your daily emails. They have been thought provoking, honest and truly understanding of what a lot of us are going/have been through. I'm sure you will be as successful in your new ventures.

To the new team taking over - you have tough shoes to fill! ;) However, I look forward to reading, all the same!

Louise Beaton Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 9:23pm

Jon – sorry to hear you are leaving, but the best of luck with your future endeavours. Moodscope is a great idea and your blogs have been thought provoking, inspiring and reassuring. Thank you.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:11pm

Dear Jon

As with many I joined after hearing you on Radio 4, I am lucky to be calm and happy most of the time, and was merely interested in your very clever concept. Then I got hooked on your emails, they enrich my life too, Moodscope works its magic even when you feel great. Your contribution makes you, to my mind, an up to date version of the great philanthropists of the 18th and 19th century. Be proud...

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:34pm

Wishing you all the best, with many thanks for all your help.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 10:43pm

Like the previous blogger, I started microscope after hearing you on Midweek. Since then you've been part of my daily existence. I go back sometimes and can track periods of real happiness and true sadness. I can't imagine my day without Moodscope and because of that, I feel so sad that you're leaving. It won't feel the same without you.
I work with young people with Autism and some of them have found through your Moodscope, a way of expressing themselves that never existed before.
I think that you're a very special person and through your innovative ideas and personal thoughts, you've touched many lives and I am so grateful that I tuned in that Wed morning. Thank you Jon and good luck.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:27pm

Thank you for all the posts, you will be greatly missed. Good luck.

Anonymous Fri, May 3rd 2013 @ 11:55pm

Like many others, I have enjoyed your messages with my Moodscope daily reminder and am sorry to see you go. You will be greatly missed, Jon. It's unfortunate that Moodscope has not been able to collect more revenue, yet I suspect that many of the people who use Moodscope are the ones with the least amount of funds to put toward their mental health. Having been unemployed myself for longer than I care to admit, I am in that boat. The current $9.99 a month isn't much at all, but when one has reached point where $5 worth of fast food is a luxury item... well, it becomes hard to justify (if only to oneself) various other expenses. I certainly don't want you to end up where I am financially, Jon, and I wish you the best of luck and prosperity in your new endeavors!

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 12:45am

I I had a breakdown just over 2 trees ago.
I knew there was a link yo how I felt and my condition but without moodscope would never had made such a leap in underdstanding.
I have used moodscope over the last two years and recommended to many.
I am sad to hear your news and at the realisation that you have not gained the reward that you should have from the site.
Good luck - thanks - and take care

Norm de Plume Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 2:34am

Many thanks Jon, I echo all the good and positive comments expressed above. Very best wishes for your future ventures. Big love, Jeremy

Steve Rosen Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 3:34am

Thank you for Moodscope. I wish you happiness and satisfaction in whatever you do next.

Paul Khoo Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:10am

Thanks for those precious nudges over the years. It meant a lot.

fionaran Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 8:49am

Sad that you are leaving, but congratulations on your vision and sharing and generosity in creating Moodscope. I have found it very helpful in all aspects.

Jacqueline Pruskin Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:04am


It has been a great gift to have moodscope, like a friend reaching out. I was never able to get to grips with Moodscope Plus, and I did hope that the basic moodscope might be expanded in some way to take into account more specific feelings and moods - I'm sure this can happen, and I would pay for that rather than moodscope plus. Basically I am very impressed with Jon and his daily writing, and I hope he will come to lecture in London, perhaps at the School of Life?? think about it Jon, will you? it's got a great program of talks and workshops. I wish you huge good luck and fortune - you deserve it.

SallyAnn Hay Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:19am

An excellent idea. I would be pleased to contribute too - accepting that there would need to be some kind of vetting.

Caroline Ashcroft Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:36am

Hi Mary, I also think it's a good idea. It is something we want to do and will be inviting people to contribute in the next couple of weeks via the blog. Thanks.

Mary Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:41am

I have got a huge amount out of your wise, insightful and sometimes funny messages. Thank you. I will miss them. I never once thought that you were not being paid for what must have taken a long time. I hope that you can find a way to continue to help people, whilst making enough money, like we all need to, to support yourself.
Best wishes for your future projects, which I hope to follow, Mary

SallyAnn Hay Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 10:36am

How can thank you enough for all that you have done for me? I inderstand that it is time for you and wish you everything that you wish for yourself. What you have given me has been life-giving. It has been a priviledge to read your daily thoughts and I have been amazed at your dedication and grateful for this every day. I hold you in my heart and will miss you.

Anonymous Sat, May 4th 2013 @ 9:01pm

gutted your leaving. you have been so helpfull to me

Anonymous Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 8:15am

Thank you so much for your vision, perseverance and dedication. It's a shame you haven't been able to get funding, but I wish you every success in the future.

Lorraine Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 10:44am

Thank you Jon, for sharing your thoughts so freely. I signed up to Moodscope to help me understand my son's depression and to enable me to support & help him. I recorded my mood for the first week to see how the tool worked, but thereafter I just read your daily emails and they radically changed my way of thinking and reading situations. I wish you all the best in your next venture and thank you so much for founding Moodscope.

Nina Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 11:03am

Hi Jon,
I've looked forward to your emails every day. You are an excellent writer (needless to say) and have made me think, which I always like. I've noticed recently that your mood has changed and now understand why. I'm only sad we never got to work together.
Good luck for the future,

Anonymous Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 5:13pm

I have much enjoyed your little homilies and have found most of them helpful. I think them more helpful than the scoring system although I can see that the scores may be good for some people. I feel bad now that I did not support Moodscope more generously, and I suspect that some others will also admit that they too could have given more, particularly since those that will benefit most from Moodscope are those likely to be shortest of funds.
I do hope your successors will be as clever as you in finding the exactly right tone - encouraging but not lecturing

Soraya Tate Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 6:22pm

Thank you for giving so freely. Your emails have been really serendipitous at times. Admire you for moving onwards and upwards - good luck :) x

Soraya Tate Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 6:26pm

Great idea, I would be really honoured to contribute and be able to give back. Do get in touch with the interested parties, new moodscope bosses :)

Jane Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 6:43pm

I used moodscope as one of my tools to aid my recovery from anxiety and depression. I have recovered and although no longer a moodscope user love getting your messages. I wish you all the best in the future. It is great to know that there are others out there who have the same struggles. Thank you for what you created. My daily moodscores were very important to me for so long. many of us anxious creatures are over analytical and having a tool to do the analysis for me helped me stop over thinking my mood and gave me the freedom to accept mood as just that. a snapshot of how i felt at a particular time. please accept my heartfelt thanks for what you have done for me. I wish you all the best in the future.

Anonymous Sun, May 5th 2013 @ 7:02pm

I have much enjoyed your little homilies and have found most of them helpful. I think them more helpful than the scoring system although I can see that this may be good for some people. I feel bad now that I did not support Moodscope more generously, and I suspect that some others will also admit that they could have given more, particularly since those that will benefit most from Moodscope are those likely to be shortest of funds.
I do hope your successors will be as clever as you in finding the exactly right tone - encouraging but not lecturing

Anonymous Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 12:48am

Along with all of the others who have written, I too am sad to see you leave. Your daily emails have truly pulled me out of a rut on many occasions. I will sincerely miss them. I hope that the your successors will keep Moodscope alive as well as the daily emails coming. It's a valuable service almost like a friend to many if not all of us. Thank you for everything you've given us and the very best to you with your future plans.

Jane Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 11:32am

Moodscope has provided me with a constant and friendly light in the midst of a couple of difficult years. It was, and is, a wonderful concept, and for me it has been a safe and trusted companion when I felt unable to share my inner turmoil with anybody. But I also think it must have been emotionally draining for you, Jon, and maybe it is the right time for you to move on and apply your inspirational talents to another exciting venture. Thank you so much Jon - I look forward to supporting your next project - Good luck!

scottishseal2003 Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 11:53am

Hi Jon,
I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving Moodscope. I have really loved your fresh, easy style of writing, and on the few occasions that I have written a comment, it has been WONDERFUL to get a reply. Words cannot express the value of that response to my mental wellbeing! We seem to live in an age of such an electronic overload of communication that people cannot keep up. As a result we have lost our awareness of the importance of acknowledgement. Even my own son tells me that if I want a response to a text, email or telephone message I MUST SAY SO! In my ignorance I imagined that a question mark did that!
I am so glad that you intend to continue with something similar. I only wish I could work with you!
Moodscope has been a brilliant tool for assessing my state of mind. It has helped me to develop insights into my own behaviour which have been hugely valuable in my gaining access, via my GP, to a Specialist Weight Management Team to work on my compulsive eating behaviours.

I cannot thank you enough for creating such a useful program.

Wishing you all the best as you move forward into a new adventure! Hope to keep in touch,

Jane Smart X

PS - I don't know what to do with the 'Comment as' choice below. What does it do? I don't know what any of the options mean.
I have already once clicked on 'Publish' and everything disappeared. So this is a re-write which I will save to my documents and may have to send to you some other way!

Anonymous Mon, May 6th 2013 @ 10:42pm

Thank you for all the time you have spent helping people to be happier. I will miss you!

rachel Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 8:21am

I just wanted to say that I was sad to see that you are leaving but can understand why you need to Jon. I really appreciate your honesty and how you are upfront as to why you need to go. I know well the need to pay the bills and am sorry moodscope hasn't provided for you financially it sounds like you have put so much into it.

I really appreciated your daily messages found them so encouraging practical and like you really 'get it' and made me feel less alone when things were hard.

thanks so much all the best for your new plans. I will be interested so see these develop


Anonymous Wed, May 8th 2013 @ 9:39pm

Simply thank you Jon, you have made a difference to me and my family.


Anonymous Thu, May 9th 2013 @ 8:34pm

Your imaginative and wise words have been a little oasis of calm reflection in otherwise hectic working days. Thank you for taking the trouble to reach out to others like this, you have been like a friend and an inner voice. Good luck, you deserve it.

Windflower Sat, May 18th 2013 @ 9:03pm

I am sorry to see you go. While I don't record my moods daily, I do so with on and off regularity. I do look forward to reading your daily message and will miss you. At times, you have been my lifeline. Best wishes in all that you do.

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