BITE BACK program
What's BITE BACK?
Black Dog Institute’s BITE BACK is an online positive psychology program aimed at improving the overall wellbeing and resilience of young people between 13 and 16 years.
How does it work?
BITE BACK uses a combination of fun, interactive exercises and information across 9 positive psychology domains including gratitude, optimism, flow, meaning, hope, mindfulness, character strengths, healthy lifestyle, and positive relationships. Furthermore, the BITE BACK provides information about the benefits of increasing wellbeing, methods to develop skills in each of the positive psychology domains, provides links to other relevant resources, and allows for comments and online discussions.
Who's it for?
Requiring minimal technical skills, BITE BACK is for young Australians who:
- Are aged 13-16 years
- Read English with ease
What's the commitment?
Commitment is up to the user and can be as much or as little as they like. Our research suggests that the more often young people engage with BITE BACK (i.e. for longer than 30-minutes per week), the greater the benefits to their mental health and wellbeing.
What's the evidence?
BITE BACK has been evaluated via a randomised control trial that explored the feasibility of BITE BACK and its ability to improve the wellbeing and mental health outcomes of Australian youth. Further aims were to examine rates of adherence and attrition, and to investigate the program’s acceptability.
The results of this study suggested that using BITE BACK could decrease symptoms of psychopathology and increase wellbeing in young people especially for those that used the website more often and/or for longer than 30 minutes per week. Qualitative data indicated that acceptability of the BITE BACK website was also high.
For more information about the trial: http://www.jmir.org/2014/6/e140/
Funding of BITE BACK
Development and delivery of BITE BACK is generously supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.