Mind Strong Study
What is the Mind Strong Study?
We are recruiting individuals who are currently experiencing difficulties with anxiety and/or low mood for a study to evaluate two of our online treatment programs.
The study uses our well-established 6-lesson mixed anxiety and depression course as well as our new mindfulness training course. Our job at St Vincent’s is to understand how established cognitive behavioural therapy compares to mindfulness training to help people with anxiety and/or depression to get better quicker and stay better for longer.
After completing a phone interview, people entering the study will be randomly allocated to either of these two courses and able to start treatment immediately.
How does it all work?
First we ask you to complete some online questionnaires. Next we ask you to complete a telephone interview. If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will be immediately able to access one of the two courses at no cost! All components are online and you would be required to answer questionnaires related to anxiety and depression over the course of and just after treatment, with some final follow-up questionnaires 6 months after the conclusion of the program.
What can I expect if I decide to apply?
If you register – providing your name, age, gender, phone number, and email address – you will be asked to complete screening questionnaires to establish that you have mild or moderate anxiety or depression. However we cannot include individuals with a bipolar disorder, psychosis, or schizophrenia as we do not have evidence that our program benefits these conditions. Additionally, as we must adhere to the strict patient safety regulations required by our Research Ethics Committee, we cannot include individuals who are suicidal.
If you are found to be suitable for the study, you must next read the patient information sheet (think terms and conditions) and then indicate your informed consent to participate in the trial. You will then complete a telephone interview. If you are eligible, you will be randomly allocated to one of the two treatments and you can begin your course immediately!
Is it free?
Yes. Usually it costs to do our courses, however this research trial is a way that you can get to do the courses for free!
What if I can't finish the course?
Participation is voluntary and free, and no, you won’t be paid. You can drop out at any time but we would we would love for you to stay. We want to learn what contributes to success in people who complete the whole course so that we can develop effective treatments for people like you!
Want to apply?
Please click ‘Apply Now’ below. Simple!
Feel free to contact our team on (02) 8382 1400 or at [email protected] (during business hours AEDT) if you would like to speak further with the study team, or if you have any questions or concerns.