Research

Suicide Prevention Intervention for Vulnerable Emerging Adult Sexual Minorities

Emerging adult sexual minorities (EASM) are vulnerable to stressors that increase risk for suicidal ideation and behaviors. We are examining a mobile application that leverages skills coaching and peer mentoring to reduce suicide risk for EASM. The online life skills intervention (iREACH) was developed to reduce a variety of negative health outcomes using telehealth with peer mentors. In Supporting Transitions to Adulthood and Reducing Suicide (STARS), our interdisciplinary team has adapted iREACH to reduce suicidal ideation and behaviors among EASM. We are pilot testing STARS in a EASM with suicidal ideation. Participants will be randomized to receive an in-person brief, evidence-based safety planning protocol or to receive safety planning plus access to STARS. This project will identify the potential clinical utility of STARS for suicide prevention in a vulnerable, marginalized, population to inform a future larger efficacy RCT.

For more information, contact the study team at https://redcap.link/stars3


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