Journal article

The feasibility of using smartphone apps to manage self-harm and suicidal acts in adolescents admitted to an inpatient mental health ward

Frank Muscara, Olivia Ng, Louise Crossley, Sinh Lu, Lauren Kalisch, Glenn Melvin, Sam Gronow, Chidambaram Prakash, Vicki Anderson



Objective: The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility (uptake, retention and adherence) and acceptability of a combination of smartphone apps to deliver a digitized safety plan, BeyondNow, and personalized management strategies, BlueIce, with adolescents discharged from a mental health inpatient ward following self-harm, suicidal ideation and/or behavior. Methods: Participants in this pre-post pilot study included 20 adolescents between 13-18 years, presenting with self-harming or suicidal behaviors in an inpatient psychiatric ward at a tertiary pediatric hospital. Participants were familiarized with the apps and completed baseline measures prior to discharge. They used the apps for ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the generous funding support for this project from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The research project reported in this published work was conducted by the authors as part of their employment or placement with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.