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Suicide Prevention

Preliminary Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Smartphone Application for Veterans with Suicidal Ideation


by Steven Dobscha, MD
Seminar date: 10/13/2015

Description: A “Hope Box” is a therapeutic tool employed by mental health clinicians with patients having difficulty coping with negative thoughts and stress, including patients who may be at risk for suicide or suicide behaviors. Dr. Dobscha will present findings from a pilot study as well as preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial of a smartphone application, the Virtual Hope Box, which was designed to expand the reach of the hope box modality to a mobile platform. The intended audience is clinicians and others who are interested in suicide prevention and the use of smartphone apps to enhance mental health treatment.

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