I had a nice email from James Hardie from Moodjuice website, an NHS Scotland site developed for both health professionals and individuals to access self help resources.
For patients, the site starts by saying “Emotional problems are often the mind and body’s way of saying that something needs to be changed in our life” – I like that! I like the way the patient area is based on practical problems like housing, childcare, hobbies and interests, meeting people, relationships and so on.
For professionals, the feature that really appeals to me is the “build your own resource” area. This enables you to put together the most relevant handouts for the person you’re seeing – a lovely feature! Then you can print the whole lot off, and it’s a pulled-together document that looks a far cry from some of the tatty photocopied things I’ve seen in the past.
The resources in the professional area is designed to be used alongside individualised sessions, so it’s not a “plug and play” kind of site – but it does provide a great range of tools that you can use.
My one tiny criticism? The site doesn’t clearly indicate who developed it – well, it does, but it’s buried in the menu’s right away from the front page. I’d like to see that information on the front page, along with the dates the material has last been updated (just a wee point).
Anyway, here are the pages for the Chronic Pain page
and the Problem Solving Information page
and the Challenging Thoughts page