Promoting mental health & wellbeing with Moodcafe

Liza Morton, Paul Stone, Frances Baty, Lindsey-Jo Severe-Guy

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Abstract

Objectives The provision of easily accessible and high quality information and resources relevant to mental, physical and emotional health is key to supporting self help and promoting wellbeing (Scot Gov, 2012). An estimated 80% of internet users search for information about various health conditions (Kummervold et al., 2008) with mental health information being commonly accessed and the Scottish government (2012) has identified the internet as a key tool for the future of mental health service delivery. Anticipating this policy drive, the moodcafe¹ website was developed in 2006 by NHS Fife Psychology and Public Health Departments to provide high quality information about mental health and wellbeing to support self help and information about local and national resources. The original site went live in April 2007 and over the years it has grown in popularity. In response to a previous evaluation (Baty & Morton, 2009) the site recently underwent significant re-development and the current evaluation was conducted to determine the impact of these changes. Methods Between the 13th of November 2014 and the 26th of February 2015 we evaluated the use of the Moodcafe website using an online questionnaire. Results 353 people completed a questionnaire about user demographics and satisfaction and we present these findings alongside data from Google Analytics regarding site use. Findings suggest that the site is well regarded and meets the expectations of people accessing it. Conclusions The Moodcafe website has become a valued source of high quality information about mental health and wellbeing in Fife and beyond enabling NHS Fife’s Psychology service to disseminate high quality information to larger numbers of people than more traditional mediums have allowed. Future developments will include engaging with the growing use of social media. Further, one of the authors has planned a doctoral thesis to investigate the utilisation of online mental health information in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2015
EventSecuring Scotland's Health: the Faculty of Public Health Conference - Peebles Hydro, Peebles, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sep 20156 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceSecuring Scotland's Health
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPeebles
Period5/09/156/09/15

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    Morton, L., Stone, P., Baty, F., & Severe-Guy, L-J. (2015). Promoting mental health & wellbeing with Moodcafe. Poster session presented at Securing Scotland's Health, Peebles, United Kingdom.