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What is Starling Minds?
Starling Minds Inc is changing the way the world views mental health. We work with progressive organizations to reduce mental health costs by putting tools directly in the hands of their employees and members. We have a proven track record of helping organizations significantly improve their people's quality of life, productivity, and time to return to work.
What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that helps people learn how their thoughts, behaviours, and physiology affects how they feel. It views mental health management as a skill that can be learned and improved. CBT teaches basic concepts about mental health and views training exercises as a key component to mastering skills such as breaking negative behaviour patterns, regulating emotional reactions, and balancing thoughts.

Is there proof that CBT works?

Yes, CBT is considered to be an evidence-based form of treatment for many mental health issues including stress, anxiety, and depression. There are thousands of research studies that have demonstrated its effectiveness and have been published in peer-reviewed medical, psychological, and academic journals. Many organizations (i.e. National Institute of Mental Health, Canadian/ American/Australian Psychological/Psychiatric Associations) view CBT as the “gold standard” for psychological treatment.


Who is using Starling?

Currently, Starling is only available to employees and members of organizations that have a subscription. We work with education associations, unions, businesses, and insurance companies. Our members learn how to manage their mental health, increase their coping skills, and become more resilient to stress.

Is Starling private and secure?

Your privacy is very important to us. Mental health is highly stigmatized so we are committed to keeping everything you share with us confidential. 

Other than your name and e-mail address we do not collect any other personally identifiable information. As a member of Starling, you'll be given an anonymous id number so that you can safely interact with other members.

Your manager, HR department or union will not receive any personal information about you. They will only receive summaries of how your entire organization has used it. This means you can exlpore the prorgram risk free.

Starling's program has been fully developed in Vancouver, Canada. Our data is stored locally in Vancouver.

If you would like to have more information, please review our privacy policy.

Can anyone else see what I enter on Starling?

No. Your personal information is encrypted so what ever you enter cannot be traced back to you. When you register, you can review the terms and conditions for your organization.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Depression is a mental health condition where people experience a decline in their mood, motivation, and engagement in life. It can be accompanied by significant changes in appetite, sleep problems, concentration problems, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. A diagnosis of depression is warranted if a person has experienced a sufficient number of symptoms for a set amount of time and a clear decline in at least one area of real-world functioning (i.e. emotional, occupational, relationships, household, finances, personal grooming, hobbies).

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

There are many different types of anxiety including panic attacks, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. The most common is generalized anxiety. It referres to people worrying excessively and the inability to control it. Typically, people with generalized anxiety have difficulties delegating tasks to others, look for a lot of information, become indecisive, look for reassurance, overprotect others, and procrastinate. Similar to a diagnosis of depression, there must be a sufficient number of symptoms and a decline in functioning for a set amount of time in order to warrant a diagnosis.

Can I use this program while taking medication or seeing a psychologist?

Yes – Starling is an educational program that is based in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It can be used as an adjunct to medication and/or therapy.

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