BluePages provides information about depression including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and experiences of depression. The site is produced by the National Institute for Mental Health Research and includes information about medical, psychological and lifestyle/alternative treatment options for depression based on systematic reviews of scientific research. The site also includes symptom quizzes, relaxation downloads and links to resources in Australian states and territories.
Who is BluePages for?
BluePages is for anyone experiencing depression or wanting to know more about the evidence on interventions for depression.
Is there a cost to use BluePages?
How to access BluePage's services
No registration is required to access BluePages. Users can visit the website and freely access all information.
BluePages Research and Evaluation
In 2003, BluePages was evaluated for effectiveness through a large randomised controlled trial known as the BlueMood trial. The trial found the program to be effective in lowering symptoms of anxiety and depression, and in lowering stigma. These reductions persisted after six months.
Mackinnon, A., Griffiths, K. & Christensen, H. Comparative randomised trial of online cognitive-behavioural therapy and an information website for depression: 12-month outcomes. (2008). British Journal of Psychiatry, 192(2), 130-134. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/192/2/130.full.pdf
Griffiths, K. M., Christensen, H., Jorm, A. F., Evans, K. & Groves, C. (2004). Effect of web-based depression literacy and cognitive-behavioural therapy interventions on stigmatising attitudes to depression: Randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 185, 342-9. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/185/4/342.full.pdf
Christensen, H., Griffiths, K. & Jorm, A. F. (2004). Delivering depression interventions using the internet: Positive results from a large randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 328, 1-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC324455/pdf/bmj32800265.pdf