A website recently came to my attention. It is called Big White Wall and it is an online peer support and self-management tool for youth 16+ and adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety. What I really liked about it was that it is available around the clock, it is anonymous, and is staffed by “Wall Guides” who make sure the community is safe and supportive. They have a section where you can post questions and get feedback, a creative section where you can post pics and see other people’s contributions as well, a section called “Useful Stuff” which has many articles to choose from, and a section where you can sign up for courses (usually 3 to 4 weeks) on a variety of topics. All completely free to those living in Ontario!
These are some of the stats:
- 70% of users saw improvement in at least one aspect of their well-being
- 46% of users reported sharing an issue for the first time
- 51% of users reported less mental health-related time off work using Big White Wall.
Here’s the link: https://www.bigwhitewall.ca/v2/Home.aspx
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