The safety and acceptability of delivering an online intervention to secondary students at risk of suicide: findings from a pilot study
Jo Robinson, Sarah Hetrick, Georgina Cox, Sarah Bendall, Alison Yung, Jane Pirkis
EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Suicide-related behaviour is a major problem among adolescents. Yet relatively few studies have tested the efficacy, acceptability and safety of interventions for this population. We developed and pilot tested an online intervention for at-risk school students, which has led to reduced suicidal ideation, hopelessness and depressive symptoms. The aims of this study were to examine the safety and acceptability of the programme, and to determine which components were found to be most helpful and enjoyable. METHODS: This pilot study employed a pre-test/post-test design, with an 8-week intervention phase. Participants were assessed immediately before, and immediately after the interve..View full abstract
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This study received funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and from a NHMRC Program Grant. JP is on a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship. SH and SB are both on a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. OYHRC is affiliated with the Melbourne Health and the University of Melbourne, and receives funding from the Colonial Foundation.