Bite Back

Bite Back programme

  • An online, self-guided programme, for youth (aged 13–16 years old) to help promote mental wellbeing and prevent or manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Bite Back programme By Black Dog Institute


  • Interactive activities.
  • Education and information.
  • Diary.
  • Tracking.
  • Reminders.
  • Goal setting.
Country of origin Australia
Clinical review 

5 star review

Read a clinical review below.

Security and privacy Does the app:
  • Collect medical information? Yes
  • Require a login? Yes
  • Have password protection? Yes
  • Have a privacy policy? Yes
  • Require internet access to use? Yes

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Cost Free
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How to access the course

Bite Back is a self-guided online wellbeing and resilience program for young people aged 13-16 years old. Bite Back uses a combination of fun, interactive activities, quizzes, animations and information across 9 positive psychology areas including gratitude, optimism, flow, meaning, hope, mindfulness, character strengths, healthy lifestyle and positive relationships. It provides information about the benefits of increasing wellbeing, strategies to develop skills in each of the positive psychology domains and links to other relevant resources.

For the complete app description, go to the programme website(external link) and for a more detailed review, see reviews below.


✔ Quick, engaging 10 minute modules that can be completed on PC and mobile devices.

The theme and language is suitable for the target age bracket of 13–16 years.

The modules and recommendations are based on evidence based practice.

 Does not come in as a dedicated iOS/android app, however the website can be accessed through mobile devices and works well through a browser (eg, Chrome).


Clinical review

5 star review

: Dr Peter Ou, GP, FRNZCGP, Auckland
Date of review: November 2021
Platform: Website 
Comments: Bite Back is a great, engaging online program that is suitable for youth between the age of 12–18 (particularly those between the age of 13–16), to help promote mental wellbeing and prevent and/or manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. The website includes a series of six 10 minute modules that can be completed in one session or over 6 weeks. These modules use animations, quizzes and activities to introduce users to the concepts of gratitude, mindfulness, social connections, identifying your strengths, social connections and mental fitness.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Yes. This is an Australian based website, however the contents are also relevant to NZ youth. The only feature that will not work is SMS notifications, however email notifications and all other features will still work.    


Bite back(external link)(external link) Bite back, AUS

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