iFightDepression® Self-Management Tool
The iFightDepression® tool is a guided, internet-based self-management programme for individuals experiencing mild to moderate depression that was developed based on existing evidence, best practice recommendations and user and expert consensus. The tool is free to use and is intended to help individuals to self-manage their symptoms of depression and to promote recovery, with support from a trained GP or mental health professional. The tool is based on principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), a type of therapy which has been proven to be effective in treating depression.
The iFightDepression® tool consists of informative modules that focus on increasing daily activity, identifying and challenging unhelpful thought patterns, monitoring mood, adopting healthy sleeping patterns and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Associated worksheets and exercises encourage users of the tool to practice and consolidate new skills and to promote self-monitoring. The tool is currently available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, Estonian, Dutch, Hungarian, and Bulgarian.
As the iFightDepression® tool is ‘guided’, individuals are both referred to the tool and supported by GPs or mental health professionals that have attended a standardised professional training programme. The iFightDepression® tool and associated training for healthcare professionals was developed as part of the EU-funded project, PREDI-NU (Preventing Depression and Improving Awareness through Networking in the EU), which ended in August 2014. From this date onwards, the iFightDepression® tool is hosted by the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) and an online version of the iFightDepression® training programme will be created over the coming months for healthcare professionals interested in ‘guiding’ individuals with depression in using the tool.
If you think that you may be experiencing depression and are interested in using the iFightDepression® tool, we hope that you understand that it may not be possible to immediately provide you with a personal user account during this period of transition. In the meantime, we would strongly recommend that you contact your GP or healthcare professional as he/she can offer support and advice on other forms of treatment or support services for you.
You can find information on self-management resources that may be helpful for you in a list at the top of the screen on the left side, and there are also details of support services and helplines within the ‘Get Help’ section that may be useful.
I am a GP/mental health professional and am interested in using the iFightDepression® tool within my practice. How can I gain access to it?
We are currently developing an online professional training programme for use of the iFightDepression® tool. If you are a healthcare professional and are interested in implementing the iFightDepression® tool within your practice, email contact<at>eaad.net and we can add your name to a mailing list to inform you when the online professional training programme has been developed.
If you have already been referred to the iFightDepression® tool by your healthcare professional and have a personal user account, you can log in below: