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Online mental health treatments for older adults: interview study

This is an opportunity to take part in a study about the potential of online mental health treatments.

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This study is looking at older adult's mental health, and exploring the potential that online mental health treatments may have for treating older adults with mental health difficulties.

The overall aim is to evaluate the barriers older adults may have to accessing this type of therapy and suggest ways in which these can be overcome, as mental health in older adults is becoming an increasingly prevalent topic.

Volunteer Criteria

In order to participate in this study volunteers must:

  • be retired and speak English as their first language
  • have experienced a period of low mood within the last 6 weeks. This is because the project is interested in exploring attitudes and opinions of potential users of an online psychological intervention.
  • have some understanding of technology or use of technology

What will I be asked to do?

After signing a consent form, volunteers will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to gather demographic information such as age and sex. Then volunteers will participate in an informal interview that will take place at Northumbria University or a location to suit you if you are unable to attend Northumbria University. The interview will be very casual and refreshments will be available. The interview will follow a semi-structured approach in order to cover a number of different topics and should last roughly 1 hour. The interview will cover the following topics:

  • Attitudes towards technology and technology use
  • Understanding of mental health, in particular depression, and familiarity with current NHS services
  • Attitudes towards a mental health treatment delivered through technology

Although these are the topics to be discussed, as previously mentioned the interview will take a semi-structured approach which means there is flexibility to discuss other topics of interest that may appear throughout the interview.

When and where?

Interviews will take place at Northumbria University. However the lead researcher has gained ethical approval to travel to volunteers houses to conduct the interview if the volunteer is unable to travel to Northumbria University. This is to ensure that all volunteers who meet the inclusion criteria have an opportunity to participate in the study.

After volunteers have expressed an initial interest a time and day that suits them will be arranged with the researcher.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Participants will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for taking part in this study.


  • Northumbria University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 8ST

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