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I wish to inform you of the launch of Mood Memos http://www.moodmemos.com.

Mood Memos is a University of Melbourne study exploring a method of preventing depression through the internet. The study is targeted to people experiencing some depression symptoms who are not yet too severe, with the aim of averting depression or relapse.

The Mood Memos study will trial the effectiveness of an email-based mental health promotion for depression symptoms. Emails are delivered every few days for 6 weeks, bringing expert coping advice and information about depression directly to email inboxes.

I am seeking participants, and would greatly appreciate the assistance of Empowering Caregivers in promoting the study among your networks. The study may be helpful for caregivers who are struggling more than normal, and are at increased risk of developing depression. Study participation can occur at a time of their convenience, over the internet.

The Mood Memos study is open to adults 18+ around the world until November 2010. The study is ideal for those who have some symptoms of depression but aren�t being treated, and want to know more about depression and how to help themselves feel better. All data is confidential and participants can remain anonymous. Recruitment to the study is via the website, visit http://www.moodmemos.com to sign up or email info@moodmemos.com for more information.

Why Mood Memos?
Depression symptoms are commonly experienced and disrupt day-to-day life. They also heighten the risk of developing major depression. Increasing depression literacy and use of effective self-help methods could improve depression across the community. The internet is an ideal promotional medium as it is often used to search for information about mental health issues, and health messages can be widely disseminated at little cost.

The study is funded by the NHMRC and the Sidney Myer Fund, and has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Melbourne, Australia. The study forms part of a PhD project by Amy Morgan, and is supervised by Professor Tony Jorm and Professor Andrew Mackinnon.

Sincerely,

Amy Morgan
Research Assistant, PhD Candidate
Co-ordinator of the Mood Memos study:
http://www.moodmemos.com

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre
University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8346 8251
F: +61 3 8346 8240
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