RAFT - Reconnecting after a suicide attempt
The RAFT project is looking at whether text message follow-ups can help reduce repeat self-harm and suicide attempts after a presentation to the hospital emergency department.
Many people who attend hospital following a suicide attempt receive no follow-up after discharge. The first few days after discharge are a high-risk period, and support during this time is particularly important. We hope that by sending supportive messages with links to online material, this can help reduce repeat self-harm and suicide attempts.
History of the project
This project started after the Care After A Suicide Attempt report, which identified that many people receive online limited, or no follow-up after discharge from hospital following a suicide attempt. The report identified brief contact interventions, such as follow-up postcards, as a promising strategy, reducing repeat attempts by roughly one-third. RAFT extents these simple ‘caring contact’ messages to include links to further online support.Back to top
We have conducted a pilot study across three Emergency Departments in New South Wales and Queensland, and are currently in the process of follow-up data collection. We are also testing a version with tailored content for alcohol use. Having tested the feasibility of the program, we are now planning a larger evaluation trial. RAFT is being trialled at specific collaborating hospitals, and is therefore not currently available to members of the public.
The study is currently in progress.
- Society for Mental Health Research
- Ottomin Foundation