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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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 account of multiple mental health problems using rapid screening methods. 570 adults, 18 years and over, with elevated symptoms of depression, anxiety, and/or substance use will be recruited from the community and randomised to receive one of three programs: (i) the FitMindKit program, (ii) a static, untailored version of the FitMindKit program, or (iii) an attention-matched control program containing general health information not directly related to mental health. We hypothesise that: (1) compared to users of the control program, users of both versions of the FitMindKit program will show a greater reduction of symptoms of depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic, alcohol and other substance use, and suicidal thoughts; (2) users of the tailored FitMindKit program will show a greater symptom reduction than users of the static FitMindKit program; (3) users of both versions of the FitMindKit program will report greater satisfaction than users of the control program; (4) users of the tailored FitMindKit program will have greater adherence to the program; and (5) the FitMindKit program will be cost-effective, through reduced need for primary care and mental health services.

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.

Study Type

  • Interventional

Ethics Approval

Study Protocol: Available
Data Dictionary: Available

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