Evaluating the Feasibility and Effectiveness of an Australian Safety Planning Smartphone Application: A Pilot Study Within a Tertiary Mental Health Service

Glenn A. Melvin, Daniel Gresham, Susan Beaton, Jan Coles, Bruce J. Tonge, Michael S. Gordon, Barbara Stanley

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-858
Number of pages13
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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