Journal article

The effect of a web-based depression intervention on suicide ideation: secondary outcome from a randomised controlled trial in a helpline

Helen Christensen, Louise Farrer, Philip J Batterham, Andrew Mackinnon, Kathleen M Griffiths, Tara Donker



OBJECTIVES: The effect of web-based interventions for depression on suicide ideation in callers to helplines is not known. The aim of this study was to determine if web-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with and without telephone support is effective in reducing suicide ideation in callers to a helpline compared with treatment as usual (TAU). A secondary aim was to examine the factors that predict change in suicide ideation. Putative predictors included level of baseline depression, suicide behaviour, baseline anxiety and type of intervention. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Lifeline, Australia's 24 h telephone counselling service participants: 155 callers to a national h..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP0667970), 2006, 3 years, $279 325 (Christensen, Griffiths, Mackinnon, Smith), Internet technologies, health informatics, and statistical models, and new delivery platforms in call centres (CIA). HC and PB were supported by NHMRC 525411 and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship 1035262. KMG is supported by NHMRC Fellowship No. 525413.