FREE access to Headspace (mindfulness app)
About the program
The internet offers countless avenues to escape stressors, feel socially connected, and be entertained. But too much time online and loss of control over our internet use is linked with increased loneliness and depression, low productivity, and poor sleep. Problematic internet use (PIU) is a growing global mental health issue, to which university students appear especially vulnerable. Despite this, there has been no research to date on treatments for those experiencing PIU. We are aiming to address this gap by conducting a world-first research study that uses mindfulness meditation to help individuals build healthy online behaviours and improve their mental health.
Who can join?
We’re looking for volunteers who:
• are aged 18 - 40 years
• are current university students (full-time or part-time) in Australia
• want to build healthier internet habits
Participation will involve:
• 30-day beginner mindfulness program with Headspace
• 10-15 minutes of app-based practice a day
• 4 group mindfulness sessions over 30 days
• completing mental health questionnaires and online games
To find out if this is the right study for you, we need to ask a few questions about your health and wellbeing. Your answers are strictly confidential, and you will not be asked to provide your name or any identifying information until the end. These questions will only take 2-5 minutes to complete.
Do you have questions about the program?
Further details about the program will be provided after completing the questions in the link above. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact our research team.
This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC): Project Number: 29159