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Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

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Article Source: DoDLive


Australian nonprofit launches app to collect 70 million emotions for suicide prevention

Article Excerpt: An Australian nonprofit aimed at preventing suicides by changing the conversation around mental health has launched an ambitious app-based research project with the goal of getting 7 million participants to log their mood within a one-week period. “How is the World Feeling?”, an app by Spur Projects, will launch October 10th.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews


A new app and blood test can predict suicide risk with startling accuracy, study says

Article Excerpt: One of the most promising — and most terrifying — areas of medical research these days is technology designed to try to guess your mental health and predict what you’ll do next. In a study published Tuesday, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine presented details of an app that measures mood and anxiety and that asks people a series of questions about life issues, things like: How high is your physical energy and the amount of moving about that you feel like doing right now? How good to you feel about yourself and your accomplishments right now? How uncertain about things do you feel right now?

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Article Source: The Washington Post


Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention?

Article Excerpt:  An internationally known suicide prevention researcher visited the Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday to share her work on how social media can be used to prevent suicide, offering insight into alternative avenues for addressing teen mental health concerns.

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Article Source: Palo Alto Online


Suicide Prevention at Your Fingertips

Article Excerpt: An easily accessible mobile app for suicide prevention is proving to be a real hit among practitioners across the country.

Just a little over a week after it was launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in early March, the new app, called Suicide Safe, had been downloaded 12,500 times.

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Article Source: Medscape


HHS launches suicide prevention, training tool app for providers

Article Excerpt: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a new training tool, an app called Suicide Safe, for behavioral health and primary care providers.

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Article Source: mobihealthnews


Creative methods help teens with depression

Article Excerpt: Clinical depression among teenagers is moving from the shadows into the spotlight.

Teens who suffer from depression struggle to talk openly about it, but now cellphone applications are providing a new tool to help them recognize and seek help for it, and theater is providing a stage for them to share their stories with others.

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Article Source: The Boston Globe


Up-scaling clinician assisted internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for depression: A model for dissemination into primary care

Andrews, G., & Williams, A.D. (2014). Up-scaling clinician assisted internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for depression: A model for dissemination into primary care. Clinical Psychology Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2014.05.006. PMID: 25043445.

Many internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) courses for depression have been developed and tested. In this article, the authors review the evidence for these courses and present a model for using iCBT courses in primary care settings. iCBT courses typically use psychoeducational techniques to help patients control throughts, behaviors, and emotions contributing to depression. Previous studies have shown that iCBT courses contribute to long-lasting decreases in depressive symptoms. When compared to face-to-face CBT programs, iCBT courses reduce depression comparably. Although primary care providers worried that iCBT courses might be associated with increased suicidality or worsening of depression symptoms, past research found that iCBT courses are safe and effective for patients. The authors also described a model for disseminating iCBT to primary care patients with depression. By making iCBT programs available to primary care clinicians in Australia, doctors and psychiatrists were able to assess patients, and then refer them to a relevant iCBT program. Patients were charged a one-time fee to access an iCBT course, and could then complete the program at home. Providers were notified if patients became suicidal or had increased depressive symptoms. While this article provides one model for disseminating iCBT to patients, the authors suggest that more research on dissemination is needed.