Staying on Track during COVID-19

A module from Just a Thought

To help New Zealanders cope with stress and disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staying on Track By Wise Group
Features
  • Free online course
  • Ranges of resources to provide practical strategies to help people in times of distress

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Clinical review

The clinical score depends on the context in which Staying on Track is used.

If guided by a relevant health professional with phone or email follow up, or self-guided for highly motivated patients:




If you use this on your own without a health provider, studies show fewer people complete the full course (although completing even one session could be helpful) so the score is lower:



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  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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What is Staying on Track?

Staying on Track is an online course that provides a range of tools to help you cope with worries and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. It consists of one illustrated lesson, supported by a lesson summary and helpful resources.

The content teaches you how to manage worry, stay active, manage sleep problems, stay connected with yourself and others, problem-solve and more. Before you start, you are asked a series of questions to gauge how you are feeling.

The course can be done with the support of a health professional or you can do it on your own (self-guided). It is available to anyone residing in New Zealand or the Pacific Island nations who may need some extra support with their mental wellbeing due to the impacts of COVID-19. For the complete app description, go to the website  or, for a detailed review, see Reviews.    

PROS CONS 

✔ At the end of the lesson there are multiple resources.
– 11 written resources. These cover a wide variety of standard cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) tools and topics such as Worry Time, and a problem-solving worksheet.
– Two audio resources (mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation).
 – One abstract animated video (breathing exercise).
 – There is also an 8-page summary section going over the topics and tips, finishing off with a few worksheets (similar to the downloadable ones).

✔ The session has a validated mental health screening questionnaire (which you can skip).

✔ You can either sign up for free on your own, or a clinician (eg, your doctor or CBT therapist) can 'refer' you and monitor your progress and mental health questionnaire scores. The clinician cannot interact with you in any way on the platform.

✔ Free.

✔ Suitable for both adolescents and adults.

✘ There is no mobile app, but the web page is mobile-optimised. Best suited for tablets, laptops or desktop computers.

✘ The worksheets during the summary section unfortunately don't save your answers, and this is not immediately clear. Therefore, it would be best to download the relevant worksheets from the resources section.

✘ There are several disadvantages to online CBT. These include:
 – low adherence when unguided
 – lack of direct monitoring unless your GP's practice is set up for this
 – technology accessibility
 – English literacy requirements.

✘ There is a general lack of video elements.

✘ It's not available in languages other than English.

Review details

Date of review: April 2020
Platform reviewed: Online
Version: Accessed April 2020

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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Last reviewed: 14 Apr 2020