Journal article

An Enhanced Social Networking Intervention for Young People with Active Suicidal Ideation: Safety, Feasibility and Acceptability Outcomes

Eleanor Bailey, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Jo Robinson, Simon D'Alfonso, Maja Nedeljkovic, Christopher G Davey, Sarah Bendall, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Jessica Phillips, Lisa Bloom, Laura Nicholls, Nicola Garland, Daniela Cagliarini, Mark Phelan, Ben McKechnie, Jessica Mitchell, Melanie Cooke, Simon M Rice

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | MDPI | Published : 2020


Online social networking interventions have potential to support young people who experience suicidal thoughts by specifically addressing interpersonal risk factors for suicide, but may also pose a risk of harm. This uncontrolled, single-group pilot study aimed to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and acceptability of an enhanced online social networking intervention ("Affinity") among a sample of young people who experienced active suicidal ideation, and to explore potential changes in clinical outcomes and the therapeutic targets of the intervention. Twenty young people with current or recent suicidal ideation who were receiving treatment for depression at a tertiary-level mental health se..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Eleanor Bailey is a PhD (Clinical Psychology) candidate at Swinburne University of Technology and is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. She is supervised by Jo Robinson, Simon Rice, Maja Nedeljkovic, and Nicole Redlich. Jo Robinson (APP1142348) and Simon Rice (APP1158881) are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowships. Mario Alvarez-Jimenez was supported by an Investigator Grant (APP1177235) from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Simon Rice was supported by the Mary Elizabeth Watson Early Career Fellowship in Allied Health from the Royal Melbourne Hospital.