• Self-help online treatment programs

    What are self-help online treatment programs?

    Self-help computerised treatment programs typically draw on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as well as other evidence-based therapies, and there’s increasing evidence that these programs can be cost effective and have efficacy.

    What is the evidence?

    A recent systematic review and meta-analysis on computerised cognitive behaviour therapy concluded it may be an effective low intensity psychological intervention for common mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression (Grist & Kavanagh, 2013).

    Australia's self-help programs:

    e-couch - evidence based information and self-help strategies drawn from CBT and IPT with modules for depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown, loss and grief.
    myCompass - aims to improve resilience and wellbeing for people with stress, anxiety or depression. Includes internet and mobile phone-based mood tracking, motivational messages and self-help modules.
    OnTrack - provides programs for alchol, depression, alcohol/depression together, unusual experiences/early psychosis, flood and storm water recovery, diabetes and a program for carers.

    Online workbooks:
    Centre for Clinical Interventions - provides free workbooks for a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, disordered eating, bipolar disorder and distress intolerance.

    For young people:
    The Brave Program - prevention, early intervention and treatment of anxiety. It has child (8-12 years), teen (12-17 years), and parent components.
    MoodGYM - teaches skills from CBT to help prevent and manage symptoms of depression. Originally designed for young people, but is used by older age groups as well.
    OCD?Not Me! program is for people aged 12-18 years with OCD. It has eight stages and provides information, tips, activities as well as support for parents and caregivers.

    Want more info?
    - Watch our free recorded webinar.

    - Read the Audience Q and A.

    - Find out about these and other self-help programs by searching on the Australian Government's MindHealthConnect portal or the Beacon site.

    - Share your experiences in the members' section of eMHPrac Exchange. Become a member here.


    Grist, R & Cavanagh K. 2013. Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for common mental health disorders, what works, for whom under what circumstances? A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Contemp Psychother, 43: 243-251. http://link.springer.com/article/10....879-013-9243-y

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