The time has come...

31 May 2018
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After 10 years of careful nurture, driven by the needs of our members, the time has come to spread the benefits of Moodscope and launch it to the millions who need it. We know from research that it works, it helps members and that one third of the population say they want to try it.

So today we are announcing a crowdfunding campaign to make an improved Moodscope available to the many who need it. We are aiming to raise £50,000 to do two things;

1. To improve Moodscope as requested by members by making it truly mobile to use on smart phones at any time by producing two apps and to make the content of the 25,000 blogs searchable so that it is easy to access shared experiences and empathy on whatever whenever.

2. To tell potential new members about the service and invite them to join.

This is a one off appeal. To date we have provided the service out of our own time and savings, plus donations and help from a small number of volunteers and supporters. When the new and improved service is ready, we will be asking all NEW members to pay a small monthly fee (about the price of a coffee) to ensure Moodscope remains sustainable. We'll also be upgrading all existing users to Moodscope Plus.

So next week we will start the crowdfunding campaign in partnership with CrowdPatch (the crowdfunding platform) and we will be asking for your support and help in making this campaign successful.

It's a very busy and exciting time, and we are determined to reach out and help all those that need it and we hope you will help too.

We'll be sending out another email next week which gives details of how to donate to the campaign if you can.

In the meantime, we'd like to thank all our members for the support and amazingly positive feedback we have received.

Kind regards.

Caroline and Adrian

The Moodscope Team

A Moodscope member.

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

Moodscope members seek to support each other by sharing their experiences through this blog. Posts and comments on the blog are the personal views of Moodscope members, they are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice.

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the room above the garage

June 1, 2018, 4:29 a.m.

Exciting times! I’m so rubbish with change and yet I find this inspiring, if we don’t grow we’ll be left behind. Please let me know if I can do something to help, anything. Well done to you both for your ongoing dedication and here’s to it! Love ratg ***.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Hi RATG, thank you so much. I'll be in touch. Carolinex

Dragonfly

June 2, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

I'm rubbish with change too, dear Ratg, but we're all in this together, so I'm happy to help too if I can x

Bearofliddlebrain

June 1, 2018, 5:58 a.m.

Here, here, I echo Ratg's sentiments. Not always keen on change, but this is a big step forward and not a complete change! Thank you Caroline and Adrian and your techie guy in the back room! Bear hugs to all who need one xx

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Hi Bear, Thank you too. It is a big step forward but change for the good - and hopefully not much change in the lovely people who are Moodscopers department. Carolinex

Duma

June 1, 2018, 6:27 a.m.

Grow or die. You can count on my support. Financially (I am on fixed income, until my ship comes in) virally and by word of mouth. Interesting times. Cheers, Duma.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Hi Duma, Spreading the word is just as important as donating. Thank you so much for your support. Carolinex

Hopeful One

June 1, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Hi Caroline- I have been off line for a while now but that does not mean I do not follow Moodscope everyday . No particular reason really just laziness I suppose.It is no nice though to see new contributors coming in. I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to the Moodscope Team who have developed it into a premier site for mood related issues. It is great to see it developing further- as one wag put it nothing new grows in the comfort zone. I will certainly support your crowd funding drive. I will leave you all until next time with my trademark laugh of the day. Eric goes to see his doctor as he is not feeling very well. The doctor examines him and tells him ‘I am afraid I have bad news for you’. Eric waits for the doctor to tell him more .’I am afraid you have got yellow 24’ .Eric tells the doctor he has never heard of it The Doctor says’ I am not surprised you have not heard about it. It’s just been described recently’ .Eric asks to know more. The doctor says ’ It’s a condition where one’s organs go yellow and one dies in 24 hours.’ Eric is shocked to hear this and goes home in a daze. He tells his wife the bad news. She is a practical woman and says’ Well if you only have 24 hours left let's go and play bingo’ .So they go to the local bingo hall and buy a ticket. Within a few minutes Eric completes a line and wins £150. So they buy another two tickets. And he wins again taking his winnings to £450. The compere calls him up to the podium to congratulate him. He tells Eric he must be very pleased to have won all that money . Eric says’ Not really because I have got yellow 24.’ The compere says ‘ Bingo you have won the raffle as well!’

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the room above the garage

June 1, 2018, 8:22 a.m.

Hello HO :)

Bearofliddlebrain

June 1, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Hi HO! Bear hugs xx

LH

June 1, 2018, 11:35 a.m.

Thanks for that joke HO - it made me laugh LH x

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Thank you so much for your lovely words HO and it's nice to see your name here. And thank you of course for the laugh of the day which we've missed! Carolinex

Jane SG

June 2, 2018, 7:44 a.m.

Yay, hello HO! Good to see you! Xx

Lexi

June 3, 2018, 8:26 p.m.

Yo HO! xo Lexi

Milliecat

June 1, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

Fantastic news. Bring it on - I'm v hopeful that amount can be raised. Am ready to get tweeting - xx

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Thank you for your support Milliecat, I do hope we can make our target. Carolinex

Anonymous

June 1, 2018, 9:06 a.m.

Good news. I will be contributing when the crowd funding info arrives in my inbox.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Thanks Julie, that is so nice to know. Carolinex

Sue

June 1, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Me too, and happy to share on facebook too.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:22 p.m.

Excellent, thanks Sue. Very much appreciated. Carolinex

The Gardener

June 1, 2018, 9:26 a.m.

Hi, HO, you were missed - think you, Bear, me, and Ratty some of longest 'servers'. As a statistician and an inveterate people watcher (as in nosy) it is intriguing when people appear, post every day, then disappear. Some post regularly but never blog. Re money - I am one of the worst - do sporadic payments as 'conscience money' no way to budget on such unreliability. Will do better. Do get 'uptight' with charities methods - guide dogs for the blind (here) and Medicins sans frontiers are positively aggressive, Was there a word, 'chugging'. No good explaining you are already donating a fair amount, and that your circumstances are reduced, cuts no ice - me first (can't blame them, lots of competition). I was church treasurer for many years, so much sympathy on the demanding end. Anyway, obviously, Caroline and Adrian, we are all behind you. Disappointing to me (awful salesman I presume) that I've never managed to introduce anybody to Moodscope - and many people in my life would benefit, I reckon.

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Bearofliddlebrain

June 1, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

I shouldn’t worry about not telling anyone, TG, I have told many, but I don’t think they’ve come here...or maybe they have, who knows? But at least we try! You try so hard with so much that is going on in your life, you probably don’t have time to remember to tell others about Moodscope! Big Bear hugs x x x

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:23 p.m.

Thank you TG. It's so nice to know we have so much support. Carolinex

Jul

June 1, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Thank you Caroline and Adrian for continuing to make Moodscope such a great help to us all and now widening the community who can benefit from it. Over the years, the help and advice, suggestions and friendships I personally have received from reading the daily blogs and comments have helped me more than anything else. And believe me, I've tried everything else! A big thank you and good luck with the crowdfunding. Jul xx

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:23 p.m.

Lovely, thanks Jul. It's great to know how much Moodscope can help and what a super community we have. Carolinex

Lyn

June 1, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

I am in total agreement that this site should be made available to a wider audience and will contribute funds. I have been well for 5 years now but I still keep in touch with it and occasionally add a post but always felt guilty that I was the 'taker'. Thank you to all those who have given up their time to keep this going. I realise I should have upgraded a while ago now. Will await your email next week.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

Thank you Arlyn. So pleased to hear that you have been well for 5 years - wonderful - and thank you for your support. Carolinex

Otir

June 1, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

I am always happy to support Moodscope and will continue to do so. Looking forward to helping the crowdfunding campaign be a great success.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

Thank you Otir, very kind of you. Carolinex

Valerie

June 1, 2018, 4:07 p.m.

Yes,I'm in.I can only echo what others have said.I don't know how I would cope without Moodscope.I have come to regard many who post on here as very dear comrades and confidantes.Thank you both so much for your hard work xx

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 1, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Ahh, Valerie, how would Moodscope cope without you! Thank you for your contributions and support. Carolinex

Sally

June 2, 2018, 4:58 a.m.

Echo Valerie’s words about the value to me of Moodscope . A reassuring friend dropping through the email box, and helper too. Wise comments which provide food for thought, and motivators. Experiences to learn from, and real people, but within my control to interact, or not, with. Heartfelt thanks to the team behind Moodscope for enabling this with their generous backing and time. You all deserve medals! I will support in anyway I can the new project. Every good wish for its further success.

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 2, 2018, 5:52 a.m.

Hi Sally, Thank you so much for your support. Carolinex

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Jane SG

June 2, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Hi Caroline and Adrian, you have my support xx

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 3, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

Thank you Jane, very much appreciated. Carolinex

Salt Water Mum

June 3, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Hi Caroline and Adrian, I am very late to this blog ! But you do indeed have my support for the crowd funding and some tweeting. I am more active on Moodscope some weeks than others but it as, as Sally says, like a 'reassuring friend' dropping through my email box - connecting me with insightful, intelligent people. And we might be sad a lot of the time but we sure are also empathetic and humorous ... SWM x

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Lexi

June 3, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Hi Caroline, I haven't read all the comments yet, and this may have been mentioned before, but if someone would like to use Moodscope but cannot afford it, I would like to donate $ so that it is available to him/her. Not sure how that would work, but this service has been invaluable to me and when I was first separated I couldn't afford to pay. So I would like to pay it forward for someone else, as it were. xo Lexi

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Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope

June 4, 2018, 9:12 a.m.

Hi Lexi, that is such a lovely offer. It would be super to be able to offer that to someone. We'll take a look once we've upgraded the site. Thanks. Carolinex

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