About WhatWorks4U.org

WhatWorks4U.org aims to improve treatment for young people with mental health problems by gathering information about what works in the real world.

If you have experience of mental health problems, you can help us build knowledge about symptoms and treatments by reporting:

  • what treatments have worked (or are working) for you

  • which health professionals you have found (or are finding) helpful

  • some of the side effects from the treatments you have tried

How does WhatWorks4U.org work?

  • The information you give will be combined with information from other young people and reported on whatworks4u.org.

  • Your information directly helps to build knowledge on what works for young people with mental health problems.

  • You give information anonymously. Whatworks4u.org does not ask for your name, address or any other information that could be used to identify you.

Who is behind WhatWorks4U.org

WhatWorks4U.org is run by researchers in the Population Mental Health Group at The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), Australia. The MSPGH is a leading health research centre in Australia, with its current research programs looking at the factors affecting mental and physical health in the community, and on improving health and well-being.

Click here for more detailed information about MSPGH, The Population Mental Health Group and what we do.

Why WhatWorks4U.org?

  • Most mental health problems start in teenagers and young adults. In fact, as many as one in four people younger than 24 have a mental health problem. The most common ones are depression, anxiety and alcohol misuse.

  • We don't know enough about treatments for people in this age group. The most common treatments are psychotherapies (talk therapies) and drug treatments but there haven't been enough good studies on a wide enough range of mental health problems.

  • The studies that have been done don't tend to last long enough to get good information about what works in the long term and they don't tend to consider what happens in the ‘real world'.

  • Most of the studies on treatments for mental health problems have been done in adults Some psychotherapies and drug treatments work differently in young people so just because a treatment works in adults, that doesn't mean it will necessarily work in younger people.

  • We need to find out more about what works for young people in the real world.