Stakeholder Perspectives on Using and Developing the MYPLAN Suicide Prevention Mobile Phone Application: A Focus Group Study

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  • Niels Buus, Sydney University, Sydney, St. Vincent’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Annette Erlangsen, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, RSSS, Australian National University
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  • Jo River, Sydney University, Sydney
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  • Kate Andreasson, Psychiatric Research Unit, Psychiatric Centre North Zealand, Copenhagen University, Hillerød, Denmark.
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  • Hanne Frandsen, Psykiatrisk Center Ballerup
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  • Jette Louise Skovgaard Larsen, Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention. Copenhagen
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  • Merete Nordentoft, University of Copenhagen
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  • Anette Juel

The objective of this study was to explore different stakeholder perspectives on the MYPLAN app for suicide prevention safety planning. The study was a comparative analysis of 4 focus groups with Danish MYPLAN stakeholders, young users, adult users, relatives, and clinicians. The focus groups were audio recorded, transcribed, and subjected to a thematic analysis. The analysis contextualized the participants’ experiences of the benefits and limitations of MYPLAN. While participants believed that MYPLAN could potentially interrupt early stages of a suicidal process, clinicians’ involvement in safety planning was considered important. MYPLAN could potentially give users a sense of increased personal control but learning how to effectively safety plan was not perceived to be simple and additional support should be considered for MYPLAN users.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Pages (from-to)48-63
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • attempted [MeSH], crisis intervention [MeSH], mobile applications [MeSH], primary prevention [MeSH], self-injurious behavior [MeSH], suicide

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