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What is Big White Wall?
Big White Wall is a free online peer-to-peer support service that offers immediate online assistance to people struggling with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Patients can be referred to Big White Wall and register themselves.
Through Big White Wall, members can connect anonymously with others who are experiencing similar challenges. Big White Wall is staffed by trained Wall Guides who ensure that the community is safe, supportive and remains anonymous.
Members also have access to online guided support courses. They can take as many courses as they like, on a variety of topics including depression, anxiety, weight management, and smoking cessation.
For those who benefit from expressing themselves visually, Big White Wall provides the opportunity to display feelings using images, drawings and words to make bricks that are posted to the Wall.
The meaning behind Big White Wall:
BIG recognizes the infinite nature of human emotion
WHITE conveys the blank canvas that the site provides members to express themselves
WALL symbolizes shelter and support, as well as the barriers we sometimes need to break through to improve emotional health
Who is appropriate for Big White Wall?
- Patients experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and depression
- Patients 16 years of age and older
- Patients at low risk of suicidal self-harm
- Patients who could benefit from peer-to-peer support
- Patients in need of assistance after hours when the availability of other services is more limited
- Patients with a basic level of literacy and comprehension
- Patients with a smartphone or computer with Internet
What are the benefits of Big White Wall?
Virtual mental health solutions enhance timely access to support for patients on wait lists for treatment, those who face geographic barriers to care, those who hesitate to seek treatment due to stigma, and those more comfortable connecting anonymously online.