Are you going through your life feeling sad, depressed or anxious? These feelings are hard to deal with on your own. In the YOUTH research project, which is aimed at 15-19-year-olds, you will receive support from a psychologist via chat while you go through an online
psychological treatment program that has helped many people deal with feelings of depression and anxiety. It doesn’t matter where you live. There is no fee. 

  • You should really do this. You get more control and understanding about yourself, and it's for free. People support you, no judgement!
    — Previous participant, 16 years
  • The best decision I’ve taken in a long time. I never wanted to go and talk to counselors or psychologists since I'm not comfortable having to sit and talk and open up for someone I don’t know. The treatment made it possible for me to get the help I needed. It has helped me so much
    — Previous participant, 16 years
  • Take the chance to get help to understand yourself better, feel better and have someone who supports you through the process. I was very skeptical about the treatment but it has helped me so much!
    — Previous participant, 18 years
  • Sign up! I have been to a number of different psychologists and therapists but it did not help. This treatment helped me to the degree that my depression did not get worse and that I could start doing fun things and meet my friends in a normal way again. Take the chance!
    — Previous participant, 18 years

The YOUTH research project investigates online psychological treatment based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
We who work in the project are researchers psychologists, and final year psychologists in clinical training.
We treat your information with confidentiality.



The treatment is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT often involves going to a psychologist, but can also be delivered online, such as in this project.

What you think and do affects your mood a lot. In CBT you and your psychologist explore your thoughts and behavior to see what makes you feel better, and less so. You will learn how to take control and introduce more in life that has the ability to improve your mood.

The treatment will require your time and commitment. Your psychologist will support you, but we expect you to read and complete exercises. The strategies and techniques you will learn are not for a short time period but for life. 


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  • You are 15-19 years of age when treatment is to be initiated

  • Du experience low mood or depression and want help

  • You’ve got a smartphone, computer internet access and an email address.

  • You have the time to engage in treatment over eight weeks (read 5-10 pages per week, chat with your therapist and do exercises every week).

  • You are willing to fill out short questionnaires and do interviews about your mood before and after your treatment, and att follow-ups (6 months, 12 months).

Treatment is free of charge. Based on what you tell about yourself when you sign up, we will assess if this treatment can be helpful to you. We cannot guarantee treatment but we get back to you within a week of your registration.





Can I be anonymous?

No. You can not be anonymous to us. But all information about you and your treatment is between us. We recommend you to tell your parent(s) that you participate in your project, but it is not mandatory. Neither do you don't need parental consent be able to participate. 


What questions will you ask?

When you sign we will ask you quite a lot about you (questionnaires and phone interview). We use your answers to assess whether our treatment is suitable for you. Your information will also be used for research purposes. We also need you to provide us with your full name, age, address, telephone number and identity number. If we can offer you treatment, you will receive questions during and after the treatment. Your answers are important to help us evaluate the treatment, and to make it better for young people.

Remember, all of your information will be protected by us.



Whats included in the phone interview?

We will contact you to make a shorter telephone interview (about 30 min). We ask you many questions about your mood lately. Good to know is that we ask the same questions to everyone and that we are familiar with all kinds of experiences. You answer yes or no, and sometimes we will  ask you to describe in more detail. 

We will call you to set up a time and day for your interview.


What happens to my information?

We will present how the treatment worked for other researchers but we do not tell whom have participated. We describe participants age, mood and so on but no sensitive information that can reveal identity. In the treatment you will chat with your psychologist. Chat texts may be used in research – if so we delete everything in the conversation that can be linked to a person.


What can I tell the psychologist?

When you register you will need to answer everything to be able to participate. In treatment we hope you feel comfortable to be honest with your therapist about your situation and how you feel. It will help your therapist to help you.


Can I change my mind?

Yes. You have the right to cancel at any time without having to tell us why.


Will the treatment help me?

We know that CBT helps many who are sad and worried to feel better. We do not know any special risks with CBT. But we also know that everyone is not helped. We can not guarantee that you will get better.

One thing that matters is your level of commitment to the treatment. If you really want to try and feel that you have time for the treatment, we encourage you to take the opportunity to get help.


FYI: In case of emergency

If your mood deteriorates to the degree that we are concered that there is danger to your life, or we become aware of others doing illegal things against you, then the law states that we will have to contact your guardians. In case of this event, we will contact you as well to inform you about this.





Your registration to the YOUTH research projects will include the following steps. 

1. You create a login and answer questions about yourself in a survey (10-30 minutes). We will get back to you within one week.

2. We will contact you for more questions by phone, OR

3. Inform you that we can not offer this specific treatment – but we can guide you to other mental health care services if you want.

4. If we can offer you to participate in our research project, we will randomise you to  study one of two groups: 
Group 1: treatment directly.
Group 2: contact with us for eight weeks, then treatment.




We who work in the project are researchers psychologists. Our study therapists and final year psychologists in clinical training. Our therapists are psychologists in training with experience from health centers, specialist care and child and adolescent psychiatry. We treat your information with confidentiality.

Gerhard Andersson, Professor, Principal Investigator

Gerhard Andersson,
Professor, Principal Investigator

Naira Topooco, Project manager, phd candidate

Naira Topooco,
Project manager, phd candidate

Jenny Holmlund, study therapist

Jenny Holmlund, study therapist

Ellen Dahlström,study therapist

Ellen Dahlström,study therapist

Sanna Johansson, study therapist

Sanna Johansson, study therapist

Linnea Åberg, study therapist

Linnea Åberg, study therapist

Johanna Lindegaard, study therapist

Johanna Lindegaard, study therapist

Sandra Byléhn, study therapist

Sandra Byléhn, study therapist

Lise Bergman Nordgren, Phd, Psychologist, clinical supervisor

Lise Bergman Nordgren,
Phd, Psychologist, clinical supervisor

Maria Zetterqvist, Phd, Psychologist, clinical supervisor

Maria Zetterqvist, Phd, Psychologist, clinical supervisor

George Vlaescu, developer, web administrator

George Vlaescu, developer, web administrator

MD, specialist in geriatrics, psychiatry

MD, specialist in geriatrics, psychiatry


Terms and conditions

The texts below describe regulations for research and how your information is protected by law.


This project is approved by the Ethics Review Board in Östergötland, Sweden. Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw your participation at any time. 

No third party will know that you have taken part in the study or will be able to see how you responded. Your answers will not reveal any personal information. We will present the results of the study but nothing can be linked to you as a person. As a participant you have the right to a summary of the study results. If you have any questions before or after registration, please feel free to contact us, see the heading "Contact".



All your information is protected in our encrypted treatment platform, which requires login. For example, you fill in questionnaires and chat with your therapist here. We will send reminders to your email or phone (containing no sensitive information). You log into the treatment platform with a personal code and a password you choose yourself. We use two-step verification and you will log in to our platform with the help of one-time codes sent by SMS.



We collect information about you in our surveys. All your answers have privacy (are protected). No third party will know that you participated or will be able to see what you answered. You have the right, under Section 26 of the Personal Data Act (1998: 204), to get information on what data we have collected from you. You are also entitled to request that we correct information about you which you consider incorrect. The principal investigator for this project is Professor Gerhard Andersson at Linköping University. To contact us about your information, see the heading "Contact".


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The YOUTH research project investigates how online CBT works for young people. The research study is carried out by the Research Group on Internet, Health and Clinical Psychology at Linköping University, Sweden. 




Naira Topooco, PhD, coordinator

Gerhard Andersson, Professor, PI

Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande (IBL)
SE-581 83 Linköping


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