30. Apr, 2016

Suicide and depression

Suicide and depression

Did you know that Indigenous youth (aged 15 to 34) have up to four times the risk of suicide compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts (Shand, Ridani, Tighe, & Christensen, 2013). Recently the Back Dog Institute trialled the world’s first suicide prevention app designed for use by Indigenous people on mobile phones. It is called iBobbly (a name derived from a Kimberley greeting). Here is the relevant link http://digitaldog.org.au/programs/ibobbly-black-dog-institute/

Hopefully this app will be released soon. The pilot trial occurred in the Kimberly and currently a second trial is underway. The only available Black Dog app that I could find was Snapshot, which anyone can download onto their phone. It gives you a snapshot of how you are going. Check it out, that’s my recommendation. And if you are wanting to get involved in the iBobbly trial, here is the link http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/research/ROVERibobbly.cfm

Reference: Shand, F. L., Ridani, R., Tighe, & J., Christensen, H. (2013). The effectiveness of a suicide prevention app for indigenous Australian youths: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Retrieved from http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/14/1/396