• Learn coping skills to reduce stress and improve your mood. 

  • Free, voluntary program

  • No in-person visits required

  • Compensation will be provided for your time

The PATH 2 Purpose (P2P) study is a free program for teens (13-18 years old) who want to improve their mood and learn coping skills to manage difficult situations.

Who we are?

We are a team of doctors, psychologists, social workers, researchers, and computer programmers at the University of Illinois, Advocate Aurora Health, University of Louisville, and KSB Hospital. We work together to find a way to help promote health and well-being in teenagers. The P2P study is a clinical trial that will determine how best to help teens build healthy lifestyles and prevent feeling down.

Am I eligible?


  • Age 13-18

  • Live in Illinois, Kentucky, or Massachusetts

  • Have permission from a parent/guardian (or are 18 years of age)

  • Able to read and speak English

  • Own a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access

  • Not taking any medication for your mood

  • Not in regular counseling or therapy

What do I need to do?

Please fill out some basic contact information here and a member of our team will contact you to tell you more.



What’s involved?

  • Participate in one of two different 14-session programs that teach coping skills to reduce stress

  • Parent interventions

  • Meetings with our research team (no in-person meetings)

  • Periodic phone calls from our research team

  • You can quit at any time if it is not right for you.


How does it work?

  • Follow the link and complete the form

  • A team member will contact you to confirm eligibility and explain involvement

  • You will be given access to a computer-based program for teens

  • You will learn coping skills and resilience techniques to boost your mood

  • You will be compensated for your time

If you are ready to sign up click here to start the process and a member of our team will contact you to tell you more.

If you have more questions, check out our FAQ

16 year old program 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” 

15 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.” 

Teen Advisor


“I really feel like there are a lot of kids that could benefit from this project.  Life is hard, and sometimes kids need help with learning those skills to help them navigate tough times.”


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Want to learn more to improve your mood and cope with difficult situations?
Participate in a free, voluntary research study called Path 2 Purpose (P2P).

Contact the P2P Study Team at 1-877-268-PATH

If you are If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) connects the caller to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed.