European Mental Health Week – multilingual iFightDepression®-tool for youths and adults

Frankfurt am Main/Leipzig 10.05.2022 - Thanks to the EAAD-Best project, the iFightDepression®-tool is now available in 14 languages and used in 12 countries. This self-management tool helps youths and adults suffering from mild to moderate depression and is used with the supervision of a trained guiding health professional.

During European Mental Health Week, we SpeakUpForMentalHealth and raise awareness about depression and suicidal behaviour across Europe. EAAD-Best aims to reduce the burden associated with depression and suicidal behaviour by supporting the implementation of the EAAD 4-level intervention concept in more European regions and via promotion of the iFightDepression®-tool. In 2019, European Union member states voted the EAAD 4-level intervention concept and the iFightDepression®-tool as mental health best practices.  

Depression can affect anyone. Just like adults, young people can also suffer from depression. The iFightDepression®-tool is available in both youth and adult versions. For young people, extra workshops and exercises that focus on relationship issues and social anxiety are included. 

The iFightDepression®-tool aims to support patients with mild to moderate depression to self-manage their symptoms and to encourage them to recognise and change their patterns of thinking and behaving in a healthier way. It consists of 9 workshops, worksheets and exercises, and a mood scoring tool (Patient Health Questionaire-9/ PHQ-9). 

The iFightDepression®-tool successfully expanded to more languages and reached more countries and regions because of the EU-funded project, EAAD-Best. The European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) coordinates the EAAD-Best project, leading the consortium of 8 high-ranked organisations from 8 European countries. 

The 4-level intervention approach and the iFightDepression®-tool were both named a Best Practice intervention programme in the European Commission’s Green Paper1 on Mental Health and the WHO report2.



  1. European Commission 2015: Green Paper – Improving the mental health of the population: Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union (link) 
  1. World Health Organization 2014: Preventing suicide – A global imperative (link) 


Learn more about the EAAD-Best project, consortium partners and related research: 

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For further inquiries please contact: 

EAAD Coordination Centre  

Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy  

University Hospital Frankfurt  

Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße 10  

60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany  

Phone: +49 (0) 69 6301 863 44 


Ainslie O’Connor

Project Manager



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 848137. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.