Can an Internet-based intervention reduce suicidal ideation, depression and hopelessness among secondary school students: Results from a pilot study

Jo Robinson, Sarah Hetrick, Georgina Cox, Sarah Bendall, Hok Pan Yuen, Alison Yung, Jane Pirkis

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Aim: Little evidence exists regarding the efficacy of suicide prevention programmes among the youth. This pilot study aimed to test the effects of a specifically designed, eight-module Internet-based programme on suicidal ideation among secondary school students. Methods: The study employed a pre-test/post-test design. Outcomes of interest were suicidal ideation, depression and hopelessness. Participants were recruited via the school well-being team, were assessed at baseline and immediately post-intervention. The intervention was delivered weekly at the young persons' school. Results: Twenty-one students completed all eight modules and a post-intervention assessment, and constitute the observed case sample used for the analysis. Overall levels of suicidal ideation, depressive symptoms and hopelessness decreased significantly over the course of the study. Conclusions: This was a small pilot study with no control group. However, significant reductions were seen in suicidal ideation, depressive symptoms and hopelessness, indicating that Internet-based interventions may hold promise when it comes to reducing suicide risk among youth. Further investigation is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Internet
  • School
  • Suicidal ideation

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