alexa An interactive web-based method of outreach to college students at risk for suicide.


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Haas A, Koestner B, Rosenberg J, Moore D, Garlow SJ,

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Abstract OBJECTIVE AND PARTICIPANTS: From 2002 to 2005, the authors tested an interactive, Web-based method to encourage college students at risk for suicide to seek treatment. METHODS: The authors invited students at 2 universities to complete an online questionnaire that screened for depression and other suicide risk factors. Respondents received a personalized assessment and were able to communicate anonymously with a clinical counselor online. At-risk students were urged to attend in-person evaluation and treatment. RESULTS: A total of 1,162 students (8\% of those invited) completed the screening questionnaire; 981 (84.4\%) were designated as at high or moderate risk. Among this group, 190 (19.4\%) attended an in-person evaluation session with the counselor, and 132 (13.5\%) entered treatment. Students who engaged in online dialogues with the counselor were 3 times more likely than were those who did not to come for evaluation and enter treatment. CONCLUSIONS: The method has considerable promise for encouraging previously untreated, at-risk college students to get help. This article was published in J Am Coll Health and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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