Attitudes toward, efficacy, cost-effectiveness and moderators of Internet- and mobile-based interventions for promoting mental well-being

  • D.D. Ebert
  • C. Buntrock
  • F. Kählke
  • K. Weisel
  • A. Zarski


Aims: The present symposia aim to present recent results on attitudes towards, efficacy, cost-effectiveness and moderators of internet- and mobile-based interventions for promoting mental health and preventing mental health disorder onset. Rationale: A large number of studies have documented the potential of Internet-and mobile-based behavioral health interventions. However, the evidence for the efficacy for the prevention of mental health disorders is still limited. It is also unclear whether more severely affected individuals also can profit from such approaches or if they should be excluded from such approaches. Moreover, although it is often argued that internet-based interventions might be good value for money, empirical evidence on the cost-effectiveness is, for most target groups. Summary: Within this symposium recent results from different international collaboration projects, in different target groups and settings (stressed workers, college students, individuals at risk for developing depression) on these open research questions will be presented. Moreover, as the effects of any behavioral health intervention depends on the number of individuals using them, results on the acceptance and barriers of acceptance based on a large representative survey will. A hands-on activity session will present several of such applications in practice, while attendees will have the possibility to access and explore these interventions on their own computers. Finally, the potential for improving behavioral health, limitations and risks involved with such approaches will be discussed.