The BFD Study – the better, faster depression study
Join the largest depression study ever, and we'll donate $20 to the charity of your choice. You'll use an app to help you get better, faster – and contribute to a new understanding of depression in the real world.
See yourself get better. Help others along the way.
More than 15 million Americans are being treated for depression. But the largest study ever conducted on real world experience with depression medications — the Star-D trial – only had 2,876 active participants. The BFD Study aims to improve this by 10X. When thousands of people use Start to track their experience, they’ll create a new dataset for academic researchers to explore. It could inform better treatments, higher patient satisfaction, and better care.
We’re spending $100,000 to make it happen, now.
How the BFD Study Works
Use the app
Taking an antidepressant? Download Start, enter referral code BFD, and start tracking your experience. You’ll learn a lot along the way.
We pay $5
After 4 weeks of regular check-ins, we’ll donate $5 to the mental health nonprofit you choose.
We learn together
Your experience will be shared - anonymously, without any personally identifiable information - with approved academic researchers to learn more about what really works for real people with depression.
How Start works
Choose what matters:
Goals and issues you want to keep an eye on
Track your progress:
When you take your medicine and how you’re feeling
See how it’s going:
Every two weeks, a personalized progress report
Here are some non-profits we think are doing good work in mental health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
- Active Minds
- Bring Change 2 Mind
- Postpartum Progress
- Hand to Hold
- Project Happiness
- Hope for Depression
- Erika's Lighthouse
- Families for Depression Awareness
- Aurora Mental Health Center
- The Center for Reintegration
- The Balanced Mind Parent Network
- Fountain House
- The International Mental Health Research Organization
- Karla Smith Foundation
- The Soldiers Project
- Give An Hour
- Soldier On
- Military Spouses of Strength
- Strength In Support