TIL that researchers examined if existing digital peer-support services can effectively help treat women diagnosed with Postpartum Depression and found that trained volunteers who had experienced perinatal mood disorders were able to improve the mental health of participants through chat sessions

Read more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5829455/#!po=51.2500

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  1. Study’s Conclusion: It was successful! They determined that the existing technology and services offered by 7Cups provided effective support to the women in the study, especially due to the available flexibility based on their own needs.

    The researchers supported using existing available mental health services in studies and working in collaboration with researchers, clinicians, and patients, they adapted an online and mobile app service, 7Cups, to supplement treatment for women with perinatal mood disorders.

    >Based on clinician reviews, guidelines for referring patients to use 7Cups were gathered, and a computerized training model was developed to provide listeners with relevant information for supporting women who are coping with perinatal mood disorders.

    >Patients noted a need for support outside the scheduled therapy time and believed that freely available online emotional support could help meet this need.

    >This study supports using a computerized method to train lay people, without any in-person guidance or screening, and engage them with patients diagnosed with mental illness as part of usual care.

    [7Cups](https://web.archive.org/web/20160514114001/http://college.usatoday.com/2015/01/23/7-cups-of-tea-provides-247-emotional-support/), a digital peer-support service, was founded by psychologist [Glen Moriarty](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_Cups) in 2013 and it offers free emotional support to anyone 13 and up. Trained volunteers listen and chat in 32 languages, in private sessions or chat rooms and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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