for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at UC Davis UCLA
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Kenneth B. Wells (ucla)



This is a pilot evaluation of a set of free digital mental health resources developed for COVID-19 relief in California, with funding for the evaluation by the California Health Care Foundation. The website includes resources to support information on COVID-19, meditation and stress management, resources for parenting resilience, resources for social connection and addressing structural racism, and linkages to resources under the partnering "CalHOPE" website (FEMA funded). The evaluation includes: 1) an invitation from a partnering agency to visit the website and consider the evaluation; 2) a post website visit baseline survey; 3) a follow-up survey 4-6 weeks later; 4) a telephone interview for a subset of participants who agree to the follow-up interview and provide their contact information.


Relevance: The COVID-19 pandemic has raised awareness of mental health as a primary public health concern. Physical distancing, business and school closures, grief, and stress are aspects of the pandemic with significant mental health consequences. The pandemic has also disproportionately impacted Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and Latino populations. Concurrent with the pandemic has been a surge in attention on police violence toward Black Americans as well as systemic racism against other groups (Asian) and in other institutions. These stressors are also likely to have substantial mental health consequences. To support addressing these concerns, the state requested development of a website (Together for Wellness) with input from stakeholders across the state, to support dealing with informational needs and stress of diverse stakeholders across the state. In addition, a goal was to obtain user feedback data to understand impact of the website Below are aims for the initial survey, qualitative interview for a subsample, and follow-up survey. Specific Aims for Initial Survey: Specific Aim 1: To understand the subjective value of a website of free mental health resources for users of various ethnicities, ages, and who may differ in baseline mental health status and use of mental health services. Specific Aim 2: To understand the subjective value of a website of free mental health resources for users with various degrees of COVID-related stress. Specific Aims for Qualitative Interviews: The broad goal is to use qualitative interviews to more deeply understand the experiences of participants in reviewing the website, their needs for support for themselves, family or community, and ideas for further development of the website. The qualitative interview data will also be linked to their survey data and google analytics data, and de-identified. Specific Aim 3: To understand the experiences of users who reviewed the website of free mental health resources, using a semi-structured interview guide to examine responses to the website, their needs for support for themselves, family or community, and ideas for improving the website. Specific Aim 4: To understand how subjective experiences may vary across website users, and to gain insight from participants from various strata (e.g., various race/ethnicity groups, those who live in urban and rural locations, those with various levels of COVID-related stress, and people of different age groups and different gender identities, or other demographics). With stakeholder input, we will select priorities for stratification of sampling (and may increase the number of interviews conducted based on resources available to partnering stakeholder groups through existing contracts that some agencies have with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission). Specific Aims for Follow-up Survey: The goal of the follow-up survey, to be conducted 4-6 weeks after patients have completed their initial website review and their initial survey, is to explore impacts in terms of use of services, and effects on mental health stigma and brief measures of stress/anxiety, and provide follow-up information on mediating factors such as experience of stress including with the COVID-19 pandemic. The follow-up survey will provide evaluative data on somewhat longer-term impact than the immediate quantitative survey. Specific Aim 5: To understand the experience of users who reviewed the website of free mental health resources, 4-6 weeks after their initial survey. Specific Aim 6: To understand any associations of experience of the website with mental health stigma items, and use of services; as well as any continued use of the website resources; and explore changes in risk for depression and anxiety (PHQ2 and GAD2) and context for stresses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Linkage to Survey and Google Analytics Data for follow-up survey Survey data will also be linked to respondents' initial survey and google analytics data, to understand the context of website use and user characteristics for the sample.


Digital Mental Health Resources (Website) for Coping With Stress and Information digital mental health resources, website, user feedback and evaluation Together for Wellness digital mental health website


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

Participants must be:

  • 18 years or older by self-report
  • able to access the internet on their own
  • able to complete a written survey in English or Spanish.
  • They must be invited by a partnering agency within the limit allowed to that agency (30-40 participants).

You CAN'T join if...

  • Age under 18 by self-report
  • inability to read and understand either English or Spanish
  • not having access online (not a specific survey question).
  • Not able to complete survey in English or Spanish;
  • Referring stakeholder group has already had 30-40 participants enroll.


  • UCLA Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Health Services and Society
    Los Angeles California 90024 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Kenneth B. Wells (ucla)
    Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 202 research publications


accepting new patients by invitation only
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University of California, Los Angeles
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Expecting 250 study participants
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