Preventing Suicidal Behavior with Diverse High-Risk Youth in Acute Care Settings
Location: Baltimore MD

Barbara Stanley
Columbia University

Holly Wilcox
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Of youth who die by suicide, half visited a healthcare provider, many to the ED, within a month of their death and 80% within a year. We will focus on brief interventions to prevent suicide.

Study Description:

The suicide rate among adolescents and young adults (ages 15-24) in the United States increased 57.4% since 2007. While the rates of White and American Indian/Alaskan Native youth continue to grow there is an alarming increase in Black, Asian and Latinx youth. The overall aim of this project is to assess the comparative effectiveness of two suicide prevention strategies focusing on ethnically, racially, sexually/gender diverse young adult in emergency departments: Enhanced Safety Planning Intervention with brief mental health interventions targeting insomnia and alcohol misuse and Standard Safety Planning a commonly-used intervention in acute care settings. Patients in both conditions will receive treatment-as-Usual (TAU). Most patients do not follow up on outpatient care for a variety of reasons including lack of economic resources, mistrust of healthcare professionals and stigma. We will research the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, that are self-administered and evidence-based may provide much needed access to care.

What's involved?

Are you interested in helping guide a suicide prevention research study? The research team is looking to identify a patient or caregiver to contribute as a decision maker and advisor on a dynamic team working to prevent suicide in youth. This role would involve ~100 hours of time over 5 years starting in 2021. The partner will participate in all aspects of study design, implementation, evaluating its progress, interpreting the findings and disseminating the results. Compensation is $100/hour.

Is this study a good fit for you?

Ages 21 and older, living in Philadelphia, Baltimore, upper Manhattan/lower Bronx in New York City and Pittsburgh with knowledge of suicide loss or suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Clinical care of suicidal patients is a plus, but not required.

Funding Status

Proposal in development

Mental Health



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Barbara Stanley

Holly Wilcox

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