The Use of Online Mental Health Self-help Programmes and Associated Technology by People with Mental Health Problems in their Everyday Lives – A Research Study

Welcome to this research website. 

This is a research study conducted by Manuela Ascari as part of her PhD project at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin. You are invited to take part in this study.

This research has been approved by the Dublin City University Research Ethics Committee.


Are you 18 or older?

Do you currently live in the Republic of Ireland?

Do you identify yourself as having / having had a mental health problem (a clinical diagnosis is not required)?

Have you used apps, online programmes or other online resources to get support for a mental health problem?

Your participation is needed!


‘Online mental health self-help programmes’ are apps, online programmes and other online resources that are offered as a way to improve mental well-being and cope with mental health problems. You can check this page if you are unsure whether an app, online programme or other online resource that you have used is an online mental health self-help programme.

The aims of this research study are to explore how online mental health self-help programmes are used by adults with mental health problems in their everyday lives, and to understand what place technology has in the experience of using such online tools for mental health support.

The research has two Phases. 

PHASE 1 – SURVEY : Involves completing a 15-20 minute anonymous online survey about your use of online mental health self-help programmes and the associated technology. Please note that the survey is now closed.

PHASE 2 – INTERVIEW : Involves participating in an individual interview on your experience of using online mental health self-help programmes. Go to This Page to read the Information Sheet and how to participate.