BITE BACK

BITE BACK is a positive psychology website aimed at young people 12-18. Learn more about the website, and get information on when it is appropriate to use it, find out what young people thought of it, and read professional advice and young people’s tips for using it in practice.

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
BITE BACK website

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

Likes

  • 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

Dislikes

  • 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. 

 

Acknowledgements

This tool was reviewed by Sarah, a young person from ReachOut.com. Professional advice was provided by Andrew Kazim (Youth Worker).

 

Using this tool

  • Recommend it to younger people who are feeling low
  • Browse it for useful tools such as ‘power ups’
  • Learn more about wellbeing and resilience
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2 Comments

  • Noni_ROPro    (352 days ago)

    Hi Sherri,The likes and dislikes are sourced directly from young people. It's what they think. Biteback could be used in conjunction with counselling for at-risk teens however, it is not monitored 24/7 and cannot provide emergency support.

  • Sherri    (382 days ago)

    Wondering why the BiteBack program is not suitable for at-risk teens. I can understand that it should not replace therapy/counseling, but what is the concern for at-risk teens to access the site?