Let's find your path!

Have you been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just kinda “blah” lately? Has it been hard being away from friends or school while in quarantine? Could you just use some help in how to handle tough times?

We can help

What is PATHway?

PATHway is a free, voluntary virtual research study for teens who want to improve their mood and learn how to manage difficult feelings and situations. Developed by mental health professionals, PATHway aims to assess how best to help teens like you build healthy habits and prevent feeling down.

Am I eligible?

Am I eligible to participate in PATHWAY?

If all of the below statements describe you, GREAT NEWS, you may be eligible to participate in PATHway.

  • I am between 13 and 18 years old.
  • I live in the United States.
  • I read and speak English (it is ok if your parents/guardians do not).
  • I have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone and the internet.
  • I have permission from my parent, guardian, or caregiver (if under age 18) to participate.

Thinking of Participating? Check out what teen participants had to say about CATCH-IT.

It was actually fairly simple [to participate]. I talked to [my doctor] about it. I made my account...and I did all the modules. I did try applying the things that were going on within the modules into my own life, because I’ve been going through a really rough time. Going through the modules and trying to use the stuff that is in the modules and applying it to real life actually helped.”

Teen Male Participant

Today, I had a lot of negative things happen to me. But, instead of dwelling on them, I listed the positive things that happened during the day and used the tools I learned to change my perspective on the day. These groups have been helping me slowly change my thinking

16-year-old Program Participant

Tracking my thoughts and feelings has really helped me see why I get sad or angry. It was really helpful in understanding why I get so down.

15-year-old Program Participant

What happens if I decide to participate?

If you are eligible and choose to participate in the PATHway program, you will:

  • Take part in some or no modules of CATCH-IT (Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive behavioral & Interpersonal Training), an online program that teaches teens how to deal with feeling sad and down, and ways to manage these moods.
  • Receive a few calls from the research team to see how things are going in the program.
  • Complete four online surveys about participating in PATHway and your health.

See here to learn more about how to talk to your parent, guardian, or caregiver

Get help here

Remember that if you participate in PATHway…

  • It does not involve you taking any medications or talking about things you don’t want to.
  • You should always seek help from your doctor or other professional if you feel you may be getting depressed.
  • You can stop participating at any time if you decide it is not right for you.
  • You do not have to pay anything.
  • We cannot promise any benefits to you by taking part in this research since success of the partial program is not known.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more about PATHway, email (pathwaystudy@uic.edu), call (844) 428-7878, or click below for a team member to contact you.

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