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Can an Internet-based intervention reduce suicidal ideation, depression and hopelessness among secondary school students: results from a pilot study
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2014
© 2014 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
How to Cite
Robinson, J., Hetrick, S., Cox, G., Bendall, S., Yuen, H. P., Yung, A. and Pirkis, J. (2014), Can an Internet-based intervention reduce suicidal ideation, depression and hopelessness among secondary school students: results from a pilot study. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/eip.12137
The authors report no conflict of interest.
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 1 JUL 2013
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant
- Colonial Foundation
- cognitive behavioural therapy;
- suicidal ideation
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.
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.
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.
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.