Cognitive Behavioral Testing

A small group of STARR Coalition members led by Dr. Tom Laage, Senior Medical Director for Premier Research, created a work-group researching online resources for Cognitive Behavioral Testing. The following resources can be utilized by advocacy and individuals experiencing symptoms to access possible diagnosis and treatment.

•     Mood Gym is a programmed learning self-paced cognitive behavioral intervention for depression developed by the National Institute for Mental Health Research at The Australian National University and is free of charge. Anyone can create an anonymous account and progress through the five modules, which include mood assessments along the way. A newer version is being developed.

•      Man Therapy is a program affiliated with BeyondBlue, an Australian national mental health website. This program is specifically aimed at men and offers a number of resources, but the listing of on-line treatment programs (including Mood Gym) is listed here:

•      SHUTi (for “shut-eye”) is an on-line CBT program for insomnia that can be used alone or in conjunction with a health care provider. This program costs $135 (a bargain compared to in-person CBT treatment) for 6 interactive sessions over a 6 week period and additional 10-14 weeks of follow-up time to use and review the program. Participation with a daily on-line sleep diary is suggested.

•      GetSelfHelp is a UK-based site that offers a variety of CBT programs, both printed and mp3 guided audio files, available for free downloading. We reviewed the 7-step CBT course in detail and I have a complete PDF of the course that we could post on the STARR Coalition website as a resource.

•      Medisafe Pill Reminder, Medication and Prescription Organizer – this is a free mobile phone app that is easy to use and that will provide reminders in real time to take prescribed medication. It can be linked with a health care provider to monitor adherence to medication regimens.
For health care providers:

•      Suicide Safe by SAMHSA (The Suicide Prevention App for Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers); for health care providers; free; for MDs, RNs, PAs, and med students
Thanks to Dr. Tom Laage and the CBT Workgroup for their work. If you have further suggestions, please email