What is the goal of this study?
We want wiseSOVA to be a place a parent of a young person who has had problems with anxiety or depression can go to to find information and support from other parents. We’ve done interviews and focus groups to help us design the site. Now we are trying to grow a community of users who will read our blog, comment on our blog to share their opinion and experience, and even write for our blog as well! Currently, this website is part of a research study through the University of Pittsburgh.
If I have questions what do I do?
Can I comment?
Yes! Please comment! We want this blog to be not just information but information AND social support. We want you to share your opinion, your story, your advice. So someone can read the article and also learn from your experiences. Our goal is to grow a community of users who can share their opinions and experiences.
Who are the site moderators?
The wiseSOVA site is monitored by moderators who have experience in behavioral health and are overseen by the project head, Dr. Radovic, a physician in pediatrics and adolescent specialist. Moderators provide support with answering questions and making sure conversations between peers are safe. They DO NOT provide online therapy but can help with a referral. If you or your child are in need of further resources please see our resources page.”
If my child joins SOVA (sova.pitt.edu), can they see my comments on this site?
No! The sites are separate and anonymous. We do post similar topics on the same day on the blogs because we hope young people and their parents will start talking about some of these topics together. But we’re not trying to make them talk to each other online and definitely not through the sites.
Something we didn’t answer? Something you think we should add here? Please email us and ask!