What are online mental health self-help programmes?

In this research study, ‘online mental health self-help programmes’ indicate mental health apps and online programmes that are offered as a way to improve mental well-being and cope with mental health problems.

Examples of online mental health self-help programmes include:

  • Meditation apps

Examples: HeadspaceInsight TimerCalm

  • Apps and online programmes for the self-management of stress, anxiety, depression, low mood, worry, panic, body image issues, eating disorders, to name the experiences that are more commonly the focus of such apps and online programmes. They can be comprised of a number of modules / sessions for people to work through, sometimes with support from a therapist, facilitator, or other ‘supporter’.

Examples of apps: MindShift (anxiety); Pacifica (stress, anxiety, depression); SAM App (anxiety), MoodTools (depression)

Examples of online programmes: Life Skills Online (depression, stress and anxiety; offered by Aware); SeeMySelf (body image issues; offered by Bodywhys); Online Wellness Workshop (mental well-being and resilience; offered by Suicide or Survive); moodgym (depression and anxiety)

If you are still unsure about whether a mental health app or online programme that you have used counts as an online mental health self-help programme, you can discuss with the Principal Investigator, Manuela Ascari manuela.ascari3@mail.dcu.ie or 01-7008926.