Testing the efficacy of online interventions to improve student mental health and wellbeing

Previous reports indicate that online interventions have the potential to improve mental wellbeing in the general population. However, most of these studies have focused on reducing mental illness symptoms such as depression and anxiety without focusing on improvements in positive measures of mental health such as those measured by Dr Justine Gatt’s COMPAS-W measure of wellbeing. It is important to confirm whether online interventions can promote positive aspects of mental health while also reducing negative symptoms in the student population as this would suggest improvements in mental resilience.

Furthermore, examining changes in mental wellbeing over time and how it relates to electroencephalography (EEG) activity over time can help clarify whether previously found associations between EEG and wellbeing are causative in nature.

Thus, this project has two key aims:

  • Identify an effective online intervention for improving student mental health during semester.
  • Test whether changes in mental wellbeing over time result in changes in student electroencephalography (EEG) profiles.

This project will help the development of more effective and targeted wellbeing interventions that can be delivered on large scales while simultaneously improving the theoretical understanding of the associations between EEG activity and mental wellbeing.