Help millions manage the daily grind of anxiety and depression
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.
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 an App and to make the content of the 2,000 blog posts and more than 20,000 comments 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 of around £2.99 (about the price of a coffee) to ensure Moodscope remains sustainable.
Here’s how it helped Moodscope member Alan...
Here’s what our supporters have to say...
Gerard Egan PhD Author of The Skilled Helper - www.eganconsultants.com
“For the individual, Moodscope helps people measure, track,
and share their difficult moments with people of their choice.
This can lead to the kind of peer support that helps them achieve
better control over anxiety and stress both inside and outside the
For the organization, Moodscope can tap into the mood of
the enterprise itself and its different departments without
compromising the privacy of individuals. For instance,
managers can “read” the impact of major events and changes
on organizational mood and morale and then take appropriate
Libby Purves Writer and broadcaster - BBC Radio 4
“Moodscope is deceptively simple to use but (thanks to the ingenious card-flip system) oddly impossible to lie to. So you end up with a remarkably accurate, and often surprising, map of the ways and reasons that your basic mood fluctuates. For anyone prone to depression, or indeed recovering from grief, life change or trauma, this is immensely useful. The buddy system can be a safety net (who wants to ring a friend and announce that it’s a bad day?). But even without, the self-knowledge without self-pity is worth having.”
Clare Dolman Chair of Trustees - Bipolar UK
“Moodscope is a fantastic idea. Mood diaries have been around for a while, but in today’s online age, being able to click onto a site and update your mood chart in minutes is a huge advantage, and means you’re much more likely to keep your record regularly. The buddy system is also a wonderfully simple way of having friends and family look out for you without intruding into your life too much.
Members of Bipolar UK know the sometimes tragic consequences of the depths of depression: I’m sure Moodscope will help to save lives in the future.
I firmly believe that self-help is the way forward. Though many of us also need medications and therapies of various kinds, we can do so much to control our illness ourselves if we educate ourselves and we have the right tools to help us. Moodscope is such a tool - many thanks to Jon Cousins and the team for developing it.”
Simon Brett Crime and comedy writer - www.simonbrett.com
“The great thing about Moodscope is that at a glance you can view your mental state over an extended length of time. If you have bipolar tendencies, your chart reminds you that no mood lasts for ever. In the euphoria of a ‘high’ it does not allow you to forget that you’re also likely to experience ‘lows’. And in the ‘locked-in’ despair of depression your chart can show you that - however unlikely it may seem at that moment - the evidence is clear to see that you are also capable of happiness. This is a subject that I have explored further in my article on Writers and Depression.”
Here’s what our members have to say...
"The message is always a helpful, healthy nudge to do something proactive, and the discipline of taking the test every day feels like a positive step for health. It also helps me understand my own feelings over long periods of time. It is invaluable; the simplest yet most important element of my mental health practices."
"It's an anchor. I can begin to anchor the fluctuating state of my mind, notice and understand it, including some of the triggers for the fluctuations. I also value the wisdom and warm support of the people who write and comment on the blog posts."
"I recommend Moodscope to everyone, it’s like a reliable friend who is there to sit with you, hold your hand and never judge."
"It’s Invaluable to have that constant connection. It's life saving. "
"When I was swinging regularly from the depths of depression to mania taking the test and tracking my scores was an invaluable tool for me, my buddies who were supporting me, and my psychiatrist. The daily messages often were the only thing that gave me hope and the strength to carry on each day. I highly recommend it to others suffering with depression. It's a real comfort to know there are others out there who truly understand what you're going through."
"I find the daily letters so helpful and it helps me to know I am not alone. What a lovely group of people. I am so grateful to them all."
"The support of the community is wonderful! Tracking my moods is helpful and the graph is great to show to my doctor. I have recommended it to many others including health care professionals."
"I love Moodscope as it makes me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who understand you... I don't take the test as much as I should but just reading the daily message and quote makes me feel sooooo good! I would recommend it to people as it is an easy but very helpful tool to feel better and keep track of yourself."
"It’s like a faithful friend. Always there to provide insight but with zero pressure for me to reciprocate. "
"It gives my partner a safe place to measure his mood and share it with me, without the need for difficult conversations or explanations."
"I have suffered from depression and have derived TREMENDOUS comfort from the experiences and insights offered by others. (Thank you!)"
"Moodscope is a useful barometer of my moods and mental health. I can be quite oblivious to my own health needs at times, so this is a vital tool for my own self-care. "
"I started using Moodscope when coming out of a long depression, recommended by my GP. A very useful tool for keeping stable. Sparks off conversations between me and my 'buddy' who rings me if my score is low, and talks through any issues, which I wouldn't otherwise have 'bothered' her with. "
"When I was going through the worst of it, taking the test, gave me some ownership of how I felt, it allowed me to retain some sense of control, and it gave me a number… something concrete to gauge my "mood" on. "
"I think Moodscope is a very powerful tool that helps us develop the skill to read what is going on with ourselves, to acknowledge and to manage it, without having to depend on an intermediary. In itself, that independence of action feeds back into the process and reinforces one's autonomy. I am very grateful for what I have gained from using Moodscope, and feel empowered."
"It is a wonderful resource that is always there when you need it. You don't need to make an appointment. I would really miss seeing it in my inbox each morning. It is like a cup of good coffee each morning with some words of wisdom thrown in."
"Like a hand out stretched to help me when I most need it - my sometimes only trusted ally in a confusing world."
"It is an invaluable tool both for measuring mood and for support from others. I find the daily blogs inspirational."
"I have a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Doing the test every day gives me a graph which shows how high or low my mood is. The process is self-reinforcing because it encourages me to work on the traits on the cards one by one. Moodscope is one of the tools I use to stay well. It acts as an early warning system, giving me security."
"It has helped me map my bipolar mood, providing printouts which I share with my GP and psychiatrist. Great program - transformed my approach to care and support. Thank you!"
"Moodscope has given me a huge insight to my moods and patterns. This, along with member’s insights and tips, has given me more control and my moods have dramatically improved."