Bite Back

Bite Back is an online program that teaches students mental fitness techniques through a range of resources and a 6-week challenge.

  • Tier: Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
  • Type of intervention: Mental health literacy
  • Strength of evidence: Level 4: Established evidence for program (supported by quality research evidence)
  • Geographic location: Statewide

Program description

Bite Back is an online program designed to improve the wellbeing and resilience of young people. The program contains a range of resources and a 6-week challenge that teaches students a range of engaging techniques to assist with their mental fitness. 

Over 6 weeks, the Mental Fitness Challenge guides students through 5 positive psychology domains: gratitude, mindfulness, character strengths, social connections, and meaning and purpose. This challenge helps students improve friendships, dealing with stress, and how to set goals and stick to them.

Intended outcomes

Improved wellbeing and resilience.

Program details

Target audience
  • Secondary school students - lower
  • Secondary school students - upper
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerBlack Dog Institute
Delivery mode
  • Online
  • Face-to-Face support is available if requested

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: High school students 13-16 years old.
  • Program adaptability: The program's content is general and applies to all young people, with no need for adaptation to specific cohorts.
  • Staffing: The program is intended to be incorporated into lesson plans, so no backfill is required.
  • Training requirements: Before implementing the program, educators should complete the 'Bite Back Implementation Training' and launch the initiative to students with the 'Mental Fitness Presentation'. To access Bite Back, users will need a desktop computer or mobile device (smartphone or tablet) and a stable internet connection.
  • Factors to consider: Ideally, users should commit to regularly using the program for around 6 weeks to increase the likelihood of gaining the full benefit.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed, applied and evaluated in Australia.


  • Item cost: free
  • Detailed cost: Bite Back program is available to use online for free. The 2 required online presentations will be delivered for free to schools.