Do you support or care for someone with depression or anxiety?
Minds Together is an online program for people in the community who support a partner, family member, friend or colleague with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. We refer to these people as ‘carers’.
The program aims to support carers in their role and promote their mental health and wellbeing.
The Minds Together program is:
- Informed by carers
- Designed in collaboration with service providers
- Developed to educate and support carers in their roles.
The program contains four online modules that take approximately one hour each to complete.
Participate in the Minds Together program national trial
Everymind is seeking people who live in Australia, are aged 16 years or older, and support someone with depression and/or anxiety to trial the new Minds Together online program from August 2021.
Participants will complete the four-module online program and provide feedback through three surveys.
More about the Minds Together program national trial
The national trial builds on a smaller study that explored the program’s functions and relevance for carers. For this study, some participants will also have access to an online social forum, similar to a Facebook group. Researchers will measure the impact of both platforms on carers’ mental health and wellbeing. A PhD student from Everymind and the University of Newcastle will lead the trial for the next six months.
Everymind is seeking people who are:
- Currently supporting someone experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety
- Living in Australia
- Aged 16 years or older
- Comfortable communicating in English
- Comfortable using web-based programs.
Please note that you will not be eligible if you:
- Have previously accessed the Minds Together program or social forum
- Believe the person you support experiences other health problems that are more interfering than the depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. Examples of other health conditions include a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or being frail.
- Are currently experiencing high levels of distress and feel they may require more immediate one-on-one support, such as sessions with a clinical psychologist.
How the trial will work
Eligible participants will complete an online survey and will be randomly placed in one of two groups.
Group A: Participants in this group will access the program for 10 weeks. They are then invited to complete a second survey and a third survey three months later.
Group B: Participants in this group will access the program and online social forum for 10 weeks. Participants are then invited to complete a second online survey and a third survey three months later.
The Minds Together program has been informed by a review of published research literature, surveys, and interview consultations with carers between 2018 and 2019. Participation in this study is completely voluntary with no remuneration.
If you are interested in receiving updates on the trial's outcomes or future Minds Together programs for people who provide support and care, please subscribe to the mailing list.
This research project is being conducted by Everymind and The University of Newcastle. The PhD Candidate running the study is doing so as part of a paid scholarship, funded by the University of Newcastle and Everymind. The project patron, Lucinda Brogden is Chair of the National Mental Health Commission. A steering committee of key project stakeholder individuals, including those with lived experience, and organisations continue to provide feedback at major stages of the project. This research is funded by a PhD scholarship and the Department of Health. This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2021-0117.
Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given in the first instance to Prof Frances Kay-Lambkin as the Principal Researcher of the project. Frances can be contacted by email: [email protected] or by phone: (02) 49216023. Or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research & Innovation Services, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 4921 6333, email [email protected]
Any complaint you make will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcomes. Your decision whether or not to participate will not prejudice your future relations with The University of Newcastle. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time without prejudice.