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Statistics state that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year*. With this in mind, and in
tandem with the realisation that more and more people are relying on the internet for information, NHS Fife’s Psychology and Public Health
Departments secured funding to develop a website aimed at providing timely information about Mental Health, local and national resources
and advice to support self help

The result was the launch of the Moodcafé website (

Working closely with eCom Scotland, and other stakeholders the MoodCafé website was developed to be an accessible public resource
to meet the needs of: local people with mild to moderate mental health problems; people with learning disabilities; staff; carers; and others (such as parents). In addition the site is considered a valuable resource by staff within Primary Care and Mental Health Services. The website houses material relevant to social and vocational aspects of health in addition to well-being, lifestyle and relaxation. Although some of the resources and services on the site are local, the nature of much of the material means that its value is not just restricted to Fife. MoodCafé has had such a positive impact that GP’s and other members of the Primary Care Team routinely direct patients to the site, when they first present psychological difficulties or signs of distress.


‘MoodCafé has gone well beyond our expectations in terms of its reach, and the feedback to date suggests that the site is valued and has supported self help, both for people who are not in contact with any form of service as well as those who are’
Dr Frances Baty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Fife

*Mental Health Statistics Website

The very nature of self help means that is can be difficult to gauge the success of a website such as MoodCafé. Since its launch in 2007, and through the close relationship with eCom Scotland, an online evaluation was undertaken in 2010 with 420 visitors taking part. The positive feedback below demonstrates both the value and success of the website: There is also a body of anecdotal data that suggests the site is reaching well beyond Fife and, it has been recommended by a number of other websites including the BBC Health Website. The great majority (83%) reported that they found the site relevant 73% said that it helped them manage their difficulties (or helped the person for whom they accessed the site) The majority (79%) did access the site for their own use 90% of all respondents said that they would access the site again 89% said they would recommend it to someone else.

The MoodCafé site has been built usingeCom Scotland’s robust eNetCMS™ (Content Management System) and allows administrators to continue to develop the site by adding new content, web links and features. In addition supplementary resources were developed by eCom to
support relaxation (with avatar type characters and audio). For further information on creating a valued resource for your organisation contact
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0845 6431344.

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Written by Scott Buckler   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:38
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:42

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