Evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of an Australian safety planning smartphone application: a pilot study within a tertiary mental health service

Melvin, Glenn, Gresham, Daniel, Beaton, Susan, Coles, Jan, Tonge, Bruce J., Gordon, Michael S. and Stanley, Barbara 2018, Evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of an Australian safety planning smartphone application: a pilot study within a tertiary mental health service, Suicide and life-threatening behavior, doi: 10.1111/sltb.12490.

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Title Evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of an Australian safety planning smartphone application: a pilot study within a tertiary mental health service
Author(s) Melvin, GlennORCID iD for Melvin, Glenn orcid.org/0000-0002-6958-3908
Gresham, Daniel
Beaton, Susan
Coles, Jan
Tonge, Bruce J.
Gordon, Michael S.
Stanley, Barbara
Journal name Suicide and life-threatening behavior
Total pages 13
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-07-12
ISSN 0363-0234
1943-278X
Summary OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of a suicide prevention smartphone application. METHOD: Thirty-six non-Aboriginal Australians aged between 16 and 42 years (67% female) were recruited from a tertiary mental health service where they were receiving treatment for suicide risk. Participants were asked to use the BeyondNow safety planning smartphone application to manage their suicide safety plan during a 2-month trial, as an adjunct to treatment as usual. A survey battery designed to measure feasibility and effectiveness of the smartphone app plus treatment as usual intervention was completed at baseline and follow-up. RESULTS: A vast majority of participants used the app to view and edit their safety plans and reported that the app was easy to use. A reduction was observed in participant severity and intensity of suicide ideation, and suicide-related coping increased significantly. No significant changes were observed in suicide resilience. CONCLUSIONS: The BeyondNow safety planning smartphone application was shown to be feasible and effective as an adjunct to mental health treatment among patients at risk of suicide.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/sltb.12490
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30119830

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