Press Release

Minister Lynch Launches new iFightDepression Programme

Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health & Older People today (Wednesday 25th June 2014) launched a new iFightDepression self-management programme.

The iFightDepression tool is a multilingual internet-based guided self-management tool for individuals with mild to moderate depression.  The iFightDepression website promotes greater knowledge of and awareness of depression with the aim of increasing recognition of depression and decreasing the associated stigma.

Speaking at today’s launch Minister Lynch said The iFightDepression tool will be an invaluable resource for individuals with mild to moderate depression.  The tool offers immediate access to a lower-intensity psychological intervention.  It is free to use and comes in two versions – one for adolescents and young adults aged 17 -24 years and one for adults. The tool is implemented through healthcare professionals, who will maintain a recommended level of contact with the patient.

Because it is internet-based, the iFightDepression tool will empower patients by virtue of its accessibility, regardless of time of day, geographical location, and financial status.  Its focus on self-management and its implementation through general practitioners and psychotherapists is innovative.

I am hopeful that this new initiative will promote help-seeking and contribute to reducing the risk of individuals developing severe depression and suicidal behaviour.”

 

Visit the iFightDepression site