Mood Mechanic Course
What is the aim of the Mood Mechanic Course?
The Mood Mechanic Course is designed to help young adults aged 18-25 years learn to manage mild, moderate, or severe symptoms of depression and anxiety. The Mood Mechanic Course is designed to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Mental Health Professional. The aim of the course is that people who participate will gain better control over their symptoms, improve confidence and learn skills to help prepare them for life.
What is involved?
The course consists of five lessons over eight weeks. You will receive weekly support from your therapist. The course aims to help people learn to break unhelpful habits and learn to overcome symptoms. It teaches the following core psychological skills:
- How to recognise the cycle of symptoms involved of anxiety and depression
- How to break the cycle of symptoms of anxiety and depression
- How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs
- How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of panic and exhaustion
- How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you are afraid of
- Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered
- How to stay well once the course has finished
Who is this course suitable for?
The course is designed for young adults aged 18 -25 with symptoms of depression and anxiety. This course targets a broad range of symptoms including symptoms of stress, low mood, depression, social anxiety, panic attacks or general worry. Participating in the course is recommended for those who have at least four hours a week to spend working on the course and practicing the skills taught.
The course is not suitable for those who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the internet or who are not Australian residents. This course is not recommended for people who are currently receiving psychological treatment for anxiety or depression. If you have very severe symptoms we strongly recommend that you see a GP, a headspace centre and/or a Psychologist or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.
You can find out if you are eligible for this course by completing our MindSpot Online Screening Assessment.
- Versions of the Mood Mechanic Course were trialled at the eCentreClinic in clinical trials with more than 200 people. The results of these trials were strong and were sustained at least three months after the course finished (available here).
- Symptoms of anxiety and depression reduce by 45%-55% on average.
- 95% of people say they would recommend the course.
- People who read at least three of the five lessons are likely to make good improvements.
- The Mood Mechanic Course is very helpful for people with OCD or PTSD who also have symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Joining the Mood Mechanic Course is easy.
To learn more details about our treatment courses, click here.
Then, complete a MindSpot Clinic Online Screening Assessment. This will provide you with information about your symptoms and treatment options. If it is suitable for your symptoms, you will then get access to the next Mood Mechanic Course.
If you do not have access to the Internet, please call us on 1800 61 44 34 to begin your assessment.
Development of the Mood Mechanic Course was funded by a Project Grant from the NHMRC. This course was written by Dr Blake Dear and Prof Nick Titov.