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Published on: Philanthropy

Reconnecting After Discharge: Can an automated, text-message based intervention reduce repeat self-harm, suicide attempts and repeat hospitalisations?

Since 2015, the Ottomin Foundation has supported the Black Dog Institute and is a financial supporter of its RAFT (Reconnecting AFTer a Suicide Attempt) Project since its inception.

RAFT is an automated text-message service that provides additional support during this critical period. The service sends a series of supportive text messages in the weeks and months after hospital with links to online therapeutic content.

Whilst the pilot study was completed in 2019, which showed a reduction in suicidal ideation and self-report self-harm, the Black Dog team is conducting a larger trial across six hospitals in New South Wales and Queensland to learn which features of RAFT are most helpful. The larger trial will then be followed by a large randomised controlled trial (RCT) within a large network of collaborating hospitals.