Journal article

Moderated Online Social Therapy for Young People With Active Suicidal Ideation: Qualitative Study

Eleanor Bailey, Jo Robinson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Maja Nedeljkovic, Lee Valentine, Sarah Bendall, Simon D'Alfonso, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Ben McKechnie, Simon Rice



BACKGROUND: Web-based interventions are a promising approach to support youth at risk of suicide, and those incorporating peer-to-peer social networking may have the added potential to target interpersonal states of perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness. Owing to feasibility and safety concerns, including fear of contagion, this had not been tested until recently. In 2018, we conducted a pilot evaluation to test the feasibility, safety, and acceptability of a Moderated Online Social Therapy intervention, called Affinity, with a sample of young people with active suicidal ideation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to report qualitative data collected from study participants r..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

EB 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 JR, SR, and MN. JR (APP1142348) and SR (APP1158881) are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowships. MA was supported by an investigator grant (APP1177235) from the National Health and Medical Research Council. SR was also supported by the Mary Elizabeth Watson Early Career Fellowship in Allied Health from the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Future Generations Global provided additional financial support to this project.