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Reducing suicidal ideation in young adults: online tools to address perceived burdensomeness

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posted on 2023-01-27, 01:10 authored by C Rainbow, G Blashki, Glenn MelvinGlenn Melvin
Suicide rates in Australian young adults have been increasing over the past decade. Psychological interventions with a selective focus can be effective to reduce suicidal ideation. Perceived burdensomeness, a belief that an individual’s death is worth more than their life, may drive suicidal ideation more strongly in young adults. Online modules, adapted short-term cognitive-behavioural therapy, and self-guided digital safety planning are among several evidence-based, brief therapies that have shown promise in reducing suicidal ideation through: (i) challenging thoughts of perceived burdensomeness and (ii) empowering young adults to strengthen supportive relationships with close others. While not a substitute for more intensive models of care, such interventions can be implemented with minimal input from clinicians where imminent risk of suicide is not present. With psychologists under increasing pressure to deliver services to young adults in suicidal distress, stepped care models that incorporate digital, selective interventions to address perceived burdensomeness may open new treatment pathways, significantly reduce suicidal ideation and protect against its future development.

History

Journal

Australian Psychologist

Volume

58

ISSN

0005-0067

eISSN

1742-9544

Language

English

Publication classification

C4 Letter or note

Issue

1

Publisher

TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD