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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 in Sweden. There is no fee. 
 

 
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  • 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.

     

 

 

 
 
 

CAN YOU ENROLL?

  • You are 15-19 years of age (January 2017)
  • 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.

 

 
 
 

THE TREATMENT

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. Yu 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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FAQ SECTION

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.

 

 

 
 

WHO WE ARE

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

 
 

THE RESEARCH PROJECT

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. 

 

 
 
 
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REGISTRATION

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.

 

 
 
 
 

Contact

Naira Topooco, PhD, coordinator
E-mail: Naira.Topooco@liu.se

Gerhard Andersson, Professor, PI
E-mail: Gerhard.Andersson@liu.se

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

 

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