Can a tailored online program reduce mental health symptoms in adults?

Australian National University

Dataset description

Australian adults with elevated symptoms of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and/or substance use were recruited through social media, with n = 194 randomised into a fully-automated trial of a 10-day brief intervention (88% female in the Tailored FitMindKit group, 81% female in the Static FitMindKit group, 89% female in the active control group. aged 18-65+) with outcomes measured post-test and three-month follow up. Dataset includes demographic information and psychopathology (depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, alcohol use, drug use, suicidality).
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Source Study

Trial acronym

Not available

Trial ID





Not Applicable


Charities/Societies/Foundations,Australian Rotary Health

Scientific enquiries

Dr Philip Batterham

Brief Summary

The aim of the project is to test the feasibility and effectiveness of the FitMindKit program to reduce symptoms of mental health problems in adults. FitMindKit is an online program that uses brief therapeutic modules (based on cognitive behavioural therapy) to reduce symptoms of common mental disorders (major depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders) and suicidal thoughts. Unlike existing internet programs, FitMindKit is tailored to the individual's mental health profile, taking a ....
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Key Inclusion Criteria

Elevated, but not clinical scores on the symptom scales (PHQ-9, GAD-7, PADIS, SOPHS, AUDIT, DUDIT, SIDAS) at the screening survey taken before starting the intervention. The score ranges for inclusion are as follows: PHQ-9 score of 9-20; GAD-7 score of 6-15; PADIS score of 1-6; SOPHS score of 5-12; AUDIT score of 5-15; DUDIT score of 1-6; SIDAS score of 1-20.

Key Exclusion Criteria

Clinical or non-elevated scores on symptom scales, not resident in Australia, currently in distress, or suicide attempt in the past year

Can healthy volunteers participate?




Sample Size    194

Min. age    18 Years

Max. age    0 No limit

Sex    Both males and females

Condition category    anxiety , depression , substance use , suicidality

Condition code    Mental Health


Intervention code Behaviour , Lifestyle , Treatment: Other

The FitMindKit program consists of 18 internet-based modules adapted and abridged to encapsulate CBT-based therapeutic techniques, such as behavioural activation, cognitive reframing, problem solving, exposure, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and relaxation. These modules consist of short videos followed by activities and are based on existing evidence-based online programs. Of these modules, 10 are based on therapeutic techniques that are broadly aimed at improving general mental health ....
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Control group Active

There are two (2) comparison/control conditions. One, the Non-Tailored condition, is a static version of the FitMindKit program without tailoring and symptom-specific modules. The second, the Control condition, is an attention-matched control program consisting of general health information not directly related to mental health.


Outcome: depression/mood symptoms as assessed by PHQ-9 and GAD-7
Timepoint: at post-test (the day after completion of all 10 modules) and 3 months follow-up

Outcome: anxiety symptoms as assessed by PADIS and SOPHS
Timepoint: at post-test (the day after completion of all 10 modules) and 3 months follow-up

Outcome: alcohol/substance use as assessed by AUDIT and DUDIT
Timepoint: at post-test (the day after completion of all 10 modules) and 3 months follow-up

Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available?


What data in particular will be shared?

Deidentified participant data supporting the publication results and primary outcomes

When will data be available?

Data are available for an indefinite time Start date: July 2023 (approx) End date: Unknown

Available to whom?

Data are potentially available to researchers from not-for-profit organisations based in any location. All data requests will be considered by the primary sponsor on a case-by-case basis. Requests must include a methodologically sound proposal. Specific conditions of use may apply and will be specified in a data sharing agreement (or similar) that the requester must agree to before access is granted. For further information, see

Available for what types of analyses?

Assessed on a case-by-case basis

Source study information is derived from the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR). For more information on the ANZCTR, please see