Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Experience Registry found that 50% of respondents were at risk for anxiety, and 40% for depression. Are you struggling with your cancer diagnosis? Are you feeling anxious or depressed? This study may be for you.
About the Program
CSC and the Meru Health Program have joined forces to bring its 12-week, app-based mental health program to cancer patients — for free. Through the program, which is designed for cancer patients with anxiety or depression, participants learn behavioral and mindfulness techniques that can be practiced at their own pace.
Weekly topics include:
- Mind on Autopilot
- The Negativity Bias
- Mood and Motivation
- Sleep Smarter
- Worries and Thinking Traps
- Difficult Emotions
- Exploring Values
- Boundaries and Relationships
- Resilience Toolkit
Features of the program include:
Access to the Meru Health mobile app anytime, anywhere
Care navigation and seamless referral back to CSC or Gilda’s Club
Biofeedback (heart rate variability) monitoring for real time updates
In-app text support with a dedicated therapist
Weekly themed lessons and practices focused on tackling mental health challenges
Access to an anonymous peer support group
How does it work?
Receive a referral to the program from your local CSC or Gilda’s Club, through the Cancer Support Helpline, or by calling our program number: (866) 921-4623.
Complete a short screening to confirm eligibility and consent.
Complete an intake and video call with the Meru Health team.
What are the requirements to participate?
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:
- Are diagnosed with cancer and are currently receiving cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation, or immunotherapy.
- Are 18 years or older.
- Can read, write, and speak in English.
- Reside in the United States. (At this time, we cannot serve participants who live in Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.)
- Have a smartphone (Apple or Android) and internet access.
- Meet criteria for anxiety or depression symptoms.
What can I expect?
Before you enroll in the program, a CSC staff member will speak with you to tell you more about the program and make sure you are eligible by completing a quick screener. If you are eligible and would like to enroll in the program, CSC will send a referral to the Meru Health Program. A Meru Health staff member will follow up with you to complete enrollment.
Is there compensation?
Participants who complete the program and corresponding surveys are eligible to receive Visa gift cards by mail or email. Participants will also be given the opportunity to participate in a short interview after the program ends, after which they will receive an additional Visa gift card.
How do I join?
Call us at 866-921-4623 to speak to a team member and be screened for eligibility. Hurry — spots are limited.
If I don’t qualify for this program, how can I find mental health support?
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Whether you’re a patient or a family member, friend, loved one, or caregiver, the Cancer Support Community offers a variety of professionally led programs designed to assist you. We have over 170 locations worldwide, with programs that include support groups, yoga classes, and educational workshops. We provide something for every age group and life situation, including children, teens, and families affected by cancer. Best of all, our programs are offered at no cost to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.