This tool will assist with:
- Young people (aged 12-18) who are feeling low and seeking information on boosting mental wellbeing
- Providing online support, tools and activities for building resilience
- Helping young people understand wellbeing concepts
About BITE BACK
BITE BACK is an online interactive positive psychology website for young people developed by the Black Dog Institute, a clinical, research and education institute specialising in mood disorders. Featuring easy to access language and layout, BITE BACK provides information on mental wellbeing through a variety of mediums, mood tracking tools and guided relaxation/mindfulness activities.
Where to access this tool
BITE BACK website
When to use BITE BACK
The tool should be introduced to young people (aged 12-18) in treatment with regular internet access seeking basic information and online support. Helpful as a recovery tool for clients using other psycho-social supports, BITE BACK could be incorporated into an assessment of mental wellbeing and related follow up questions. "Things to do" provide an interesting way of exploring strengths and resilience, if used side by side with a young person, and as informal screening tools to track mood and depressive symptoms.
What young people thought of BITE BACK
- Colourful, engaging and simple interface which is fun to look explore
- Safe and positive
- Contains stories from other young people suffering mental health difficulties
- Provides links to more in depth information
- Sometimes difficult to find the information you need
- Not suitable for at risk teenagers
- No online discussion options
Professionals’ advice on using BITE BACK in practice
After becoming familiar with the website and its functions, professionals should navigate the interface together with their client, taking note and discussing areas of interest.
Highlight that the site contains information to maintain mental wellbeing and is not a mental health assessment.
Encourage the young person to try the mindfulness relaxation techniques if they feel capable.
Advice from young people
This tool is fun and provides useful information. It would greatly help kids develop positive ways of thinking if they are feeling a little low but should not be used as therapy.
This tool was reviewed by Sarah, a young person from ReachOut.com. Professional advice was provided by Andrew Kazim (Youth Worker).