January 20, 2022
Patricia Deldin, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Patricia Deldin, Creator of Mood Lifters, for being the WomensNet Mini Grant recipient.
Here is what Patricia shared with us: We have created a peer run, science based, low cost, available to almost all, mental wellness program that is offered in groups in person or Zoom that is shown to be highly effective (reduces depression and anxiety by half, on average for those in the moderate to severe range) for about $12 a meeting. We think we have found a major (albeit, partial) solution to our mental health crisis. The idea came to me in a Weight Watchers Meeting. I figured that if they can do it for weight, we can do it for mental health.
After running approximately 800 people and having results that convince me (which is hard to do as a neuroscientist who has been a professor at Harvard and Michigan), it’s time to market and scale our project. The money would be used to hire a marketing firm and to pay for marketing costs. We will also use the funds to hire a scaling consultant to help us get help to others.