MindTrails is an online intervention designed for individuals struggling with anxiety. During the program, users learn about anxious thinking and how thinking in new ways can help users feel better. When used once a week for five weeks, users build new skills for thinking about potentially anxiety-provoking situations in new and more flexible ways. When users apply their new thinking skills to their own lives, these flexible thinking patterns can lead to reduced feelings of anxiety in day-to-day life.
MindTrails is currently available for users 18+ and is available for free on computer and mobile browsers. A teen version is currently being developed specifically for MentorHub users!
MindTrails was developed by a team of psychologists and engineers at the University of Virginia. The team is always seeking to make improvements guided by science, so there are always research studies going on on the MindTrails website. To learn more or to participate in research, check out the website.
MindTrails uses cognitive bias modification for interpretations (or CBM-I) to help people learn to think more flexibly in anxiety-provoking situations. CBM-I has been studied by lots of researchers and the efficacy for treating anxiety varies from study to study. Despite mixed findings for this type of program generally, the MindTrails program has been shown to help people feel better from anxiety (if you can’t access that article, you can find it for free here). MindTrails continues to test out new features over time, so the goal is to find the most effective way of helping people think more flexibly in their day-to-day lives.Learn More: MindTrails