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About myCompass

Nearly half of all Australians aged 16 and over will suffer from some form of stress, anxiety or depression in their lifetime and the numbers are growing.

myCompass is designed to be:

  • Convenient – track your mood from your computer and/or your mobile, it's there when you need it!
  • Interactive – myCompass modules are your opportunity to learn new techniques for managing your moods through doing.
  • Relevant – myCompass will have regular updates and new features. Keep visiting to see what's new. We'll keep you in the know.
  • Personal – from your diary to your data, we listen to you and make suggestions - it's your journey, your way.
  • Engaging – share in other people's stories, be inspired by some motivational messages or get into gear with our tips.

Our mission is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, and we take it seriously. That's why we've created myCompass.

We are known and respected for our work in the areas of research and education for depression and clinical treatment to those living with a black dog. We also provide community and other services across the full range of mental health disorders, from mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression through to more severe conditions such as bipolar disorder.

  1. What is myCompass?
  2. Who developed myCompass?
  3. How will myCompass help me?
  4. Will it cost me to use myCompass?
  5. Is the information I enter into myCompass confidential and secure?

What is myCompass?

myCompass is a program designed to help people gain control of mild to moderate stress, anxiety and/or depression using their mobile phone and/or computer. It teaches how to monitor different signs of stress, anxiety and depression and how to use simple self-help strategies to manage problems and improve resilience and wellbeing.

Based on proven psychological treatments, myCompass includes cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, problem solving therapy and positive psychology.

The program also features stories, facts, tips, motivational messages and a personal journal section to help people to manage stress, anxiety and depressions.

Who developed myCompass?

myCompass was designed and developed by staff at the Black Dog Institute along with software engineers, graphic designers, researchers and mental health experts.

How will myCompass help me?

Problems of stress, anxiety and depression can improve by simply monitoring them for a time. This monitoring is referred to as Tracking in myCompass. myCompass is designed to help you monitor signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression in a quick and convenient way via your mobile phone or computer. It also provides you with immediate feedback in the form of reports.

myCompass also contains modules that have been developed to provide you with exercises and activities to help you better understand some of the triggers and behaviours that may be troubling you. These modules are all based on treatments that have been proven to be effective for stress, anxiety and depression.

Will it cost me to use myCompass?

There is no charge to access myCompass on either your mobile phone or computer, however as myCompass is a web-based program, you will need to use an Internet Service Provider to access the program. Your service provider may charge you for your data transfer to and from the myCompass site. These costs may be substantial when using mobile phones so please check with your service provider to make sure you understand the implications of using this service. We endeavour to keep the amount of data that is transferred to a minimum, particularly on the mobile site.

Is the information I enter into myCompass confidential and secure?

We know that providing personal information is an act of trust and we take that seriously. We will never share your personal information with a third party or allow a third party to promote its products and services directly to you without your explicit consent.

We will take all reasonable steps to keep secure any information we hold about you and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information is stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities.

The myCompass site uses SSL to encrypt your information while in transit to and from the site. We also use the latest intrusion prevention and detection systems and we follow best practices guidelines for our security policies and data management.