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Post by Paddy on Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:24 am

Kirwan depression initiative hailed a success

NZPA 06 August 2010 (used without permission but with Hopes of Forgiveness.)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/3999490/Kirwan-depression-initiative-hailed-a-success

“The latest initiative from the Ministry of Health - a self-help programme featuring John Kirwan - is proving a success at helping depression sufferers.
The Journal, a six-week online self-help programme featuring former All Black and depression campaigner Kirwan as a personal coach, was launched in June as part of the ministry's national depression initiative (NDI).
Figures released by the ministry today show that of the 4485 people who had signed up to the programme, 70 had completed the entire course and 660 were halfway through.
The figures also show the reported severity of participants' depression had improved for 83 percent of participants, based on self-assessment scores prior to, during and after completing the programme.
The ministry said that while it was still early days, The Journal was proving to be a successful initiative that was reaching out to and engaging with the public.
The NDI began with the popular television advertisements featuring a variety of kiwi celebrities, including Kirwan, relating their attempts to cope with depression in their own lives.”

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Post by jaffakiwi on Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:13 pm

Figures released by the ministry today show that of the 4485 people who had signed up to the programme, 70 had completed the entire course and 660 were halfway through.

4485 - 70 completed - 660 halfway = 3755 gave up.

The program is considered a success when 84% of participants gave up? Sure, it's better than nothing, but I'm not sure I'd call that a success.

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Post by mumtothree on Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:20 am

i agree have you tried to do it is so hard the programme wont let you in half the time and then you dont have t do annything the rest of the time.
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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:32 pm

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Post by becks on Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:34 am

Has anyone from TBBD completed this program? It looks interesting to me but unfortunately I lack the motivation to do it. Embarassed
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Post by jaffakiwi on Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:11 pm

I lacked the motivation too and gave up.
At least I was in the 84% majority...

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Post by ilovetulips on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:12 am

I just started it last week. Don't want to do part two though because it involves cooking their specific recipes. I already have changed what I'm eating to improve my mental and physical health and am a bit of a control freak, so eating their exact recipes put me off.

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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:42 am

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Post by ilovetulips on Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:51 am

wowinnz wrote:what sort of cooking do they recommend?

The food looks good and I make bolognese quite a bit, but I don't want to follow the recipes exactly as they include things I don't buy and I am also doing Weight Watchers, so I really don't want to do the food one.

There are 4 categories - beef, seafood, vegetarian and chicken and you have to choose 2 recipes as a task and then make them. There are 3 recipes in each of the categories.

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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:39 am

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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:53 am

Cool, can I please put in an order for the beef and the seafood Very Happy

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Post by ilovetulips on Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:10 am

wowinnz wrote:thanks. perhaps its a task thing so you get off your backside and achieve something.. cooking anything at all would be just as effective.

I hope you're right! I picked 2 dishes to cook, but won't do it. One thing I am doing well at is cooking proper meals practically every night for the kids (very occasionally, like once a fortnight? they have spaghetti on toast), so I thought I'd skip this one - it wouldn't let me, so I have to schedule it in before I can do the next task. Better than giving up just because I hit a speed bump I guess Smile

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Post by ilovetulips on Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:13 am

Roswell wrote:Cool, can I please put in an order for the beef and the seafood Very Happy

Sorry, I'm flagging the recipes and making a pork curry or casserole instead - just have to decide which one Laughing

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