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Interventions for Health (i4Health)


COVID-19 Project


Intervention to Prevent Depression in New Mothers

COVID-19 Research Project: What to think and do (In English and Spanish)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions to stay at home or severely restrict their activities. This major disruption increases the risk for depression and anxiety. When outside forces reduce our ability to control our lives, it is important to focus on those things we CAN control. This study is creating an inventory of thoughts and activities that people all over the world have rated in terms of helpfulness in remaining emotionally healthy. By crowdsourcing this information and sharing it widely, we hope to help prevent serious depression and anxiety across the globe.


Mothers and Babies Online Course (In English and Spanish)

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The Mothers and Babies Course is an online program that teaches skills to manage changes in how you feel. Designed for pregnant women, new mothers, and those who want to support them.


BabyText Study (In English and Spanish)

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The BabyText Program is a research study that uses text messaging to teach skills based on the Mothers and Babies Course to manage changes in how you feel before and after pregnancy. Pregnant women and new mothers who are over 18 years and who reside in the U.S. may be eligible to join.

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Intervention to Manage Depression


Mood Screener


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BetterBET (Better Behaviors, Emotions, and Thoughts) is an automated, interactive internet intervention ( to help individuals manage and overcome their symptoms of depression. BetterBET is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is one of the most effective psychotherapies for improving mood. In each of BetterBET’s eight lessons, you will learn several specific, practical ways to improve your mood.


Free Mood and Depression Screener

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If you think that you might be depressed, want to find out more about your mood, or that you might be at risk for depression, take the mood/depresion screener and get automatic detailed feedback. This mood screener is an automated website and is available in five languages; English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.

Supported by the Internet World Helath Research Center (IWHRC) at University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital


Stop Smoking Guide



Stop Smoking Virtual Guide

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Review the Personal Health Effects of Smoking and Common Reasons for Quitting to come up with your own list of reasons to quit. Personally meaningful reasons will help get you through the challenges of your quit attempt.


Preventing Depression During COVID-19 (in English and Spanish)

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Staying emotionally healthy is difficult in challenging times and the Covid-19 pandemic is no exception. This webinar will discuss psychological methods of treating depression that can be helpful in preventing symptoms of depression. Specifically, he will share cognitive-behavioral strategies – that is, how to use thoughts and activities to remain emotionally healthy.