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Do you use apps or online programmes for mental health support?

A researcher in DCU is looking for participants over 18 years of age to take part in their study

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A researcher in DCU is looking for participants to take part in their study looking at the use of online self-help programmes for support with a mental health problem. 

The purpose of the study is to explore how adults in Ireland use online tools in their everyday lives to get support for a mental health problem. The study will help understand how helpful these kinds of tools can be when seeking mental health support.


What counts as self-help programmes?

Online mental health self-help programmes include:

  • Meditations apps
  • Well-being and stress reduction apps
  • Online courses
  • Any other online resources if used for self help with a mental health problem

This includes online programmes for managing depression, anxiety, low mood, panic, eating disorder, etc.

Who can take part?

The researcher is looking for people who:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Currently live in Ireland
  • Identify themselves as having / having had a mental health problem (a clinical diagnosis is not required)
  • Have used an online mental health self-help programme to get support for a mental health problem

What is involved?

Taking part involves:

  • Completing an online survey (15-20 minutes) about your use of online mental health self-help programmes and the Internet.
  • An optional follow up interview to explore in more detail the experience of engaging in online mental health self-help programmes for mental health support.

Participation is voluntary and all information you share is confidential.

How to take part

If you are interested, you can find more information and take the survey at

This study has received ethical approval from the Dublin City University Research Ethics Committee and has been funded by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Programme.

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Published Feb­ru­ary 27th2019
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