Online wellbeing program for gay and lesbian youth

Researchers from Swinburne, Federation and Deakin universities have created an online mental health wellbeing program specifically for gay and lesbian people aged between 18 and 25 as part of a research trial aimed at improving access to mental health services.

Called Out & Online and funded by beyondblue, the program is based on cognitive behaviour therapy and is designed to improve wellbeing and reduce symptoms of worry, stress and sadness.

It is not aimed at people who have had a mental health disorder diagnosis or to replace face-to-face therapy. Participants will be advised to seek face-to-face therapy if required following the completion of an initial survey.

Lead researcher Jo Abbott from the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC) at Swinburne University said the research had shown that young gay and lesbian people experience high rates of mental health problems, which is intensified for people living in rural areas, where access to relevant information, resources and services can be even more challenging.

The Out & Online program is available free of charge as part of the research trial. If successful, it will then be made more widely available as part of Swinburne’s online mental health clinic, Mental Health Online.

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