At Students Against Depression we’re delighted to be working with students and staff at Exeter University to together tackle depression. Great new research into rumination and the impact of internet-based therapies is being carried out by two of our colleagues, Lorna Cook and Professor Ed Watkins. If you’d like to get involved in their exciting study, read on!  

Are you aged 18-24? Do you often worry or feel stressed? Would you like to help to find ways to reduce worry and improve confidence?

We are currently recruiting for a trial investigating a new form of internet-based intervention specifically targeting worry and stress.

About the trial

The trial is being conducted by Lorna Cook (PhD student), supervised by Professor Ed Watkins. We are investigating whether an internet-based therapy targeting worry and rumination is able to reduce levels of stress and worry in young adults. The therapy aims to help people to find better ways of handling day-to-day stress and reduce their risk of future problems, such as depression and anxiety. There are some positive early findings from the Netherlands to suggest that this therapy might be effective in reducing stress and preventing depression in teenagers and young adults. We are interested to find out if the same therapy might be effective in young adults in the UK.

As the therapy aims to target worry and rumination and prevent depression, it is important that participants have higher than average levels of worry and rumination but are not currently depressed. You would still be eligible to take part if you have a history of depression, provided you are currently well.

We would therefore like to hear from you if you:

  • Are aged 18-24
  • Often feel stressed or worried
  • Do not think you are currently depressed
  • Are interested in finding new ways to reduce worry and stress in people your age

If you are interested in participating, the first stage is to complete an online screening measure. Please click on the link and follow the instructions on screen.

If you would like to ask any questions about the screening measure or the trial, please contact Lorna Cook Please also visit our Facebook site for further information and regular updates: