- 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: State-wide
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.
Improved wellbeing and resilience.
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- 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.