Developing a Brief Suicide Prevention Intervention and Mobile Phone Application: A Qualitative Report

Beth D. Kennard, Candice Biernesser, Kristin L. Wolfe, Aleksandra A. Foxwell, Simon J. Craddock Lee, Katie V. Rial, Sarita Patel, Carol Cheng, Tina Goldstein, Dana McMakin, Beatriz Blastos, Antoine Douaihy, Jamie Zelazny, David A. Brent

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and has become a serious public health problem. There has been limited research on strategies to decrease the likelihood of reattempt in adolescents. As phase one of a treatment development study, clinicians, parents, and adolescents participated in qualitative interviews in order to gain new perspectives on developing a targeted intervention and a safety plan phone application for suicide prevention. Participants indicated that transition of care, specific treatment targets, and safety planning were important parts of treatment. In addition, all participants endorsed the use of a smartphone application for these purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-357
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2015



  • adolescents
  • mobile technology
  • qualitative interviews
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Social Sciences(all)

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