RAFT is a text-message follow-up for young people who come to the hospital emergency department following an episode of self-harm or a suicide attempt. Simple strategies like follow-up postcards have shown reductions in repeat hospital presentations – and we hope text messages can also be effective at reducing repeat self-harm and suicide attempts.
This study aims to optimise the RAFT text messages, by examining different follow-up strategies. Participants who agree to join the study will be randomly allocated to receive different types of messages – 1) where they just receive text messages, 2) where the messages contain links to online therapeutic content, and 3) where a nominated friend or family member also receives messages on how to support the participant and themselves. After six months, we will look at whether the different types of messages have an impact on hospital presentations or thoughts about self-harm and suicide.
Co-Investigators: Dr Fiona Shand, A/Professor Kirsten Morley, A/Professor Philip Battenham, Dr Sofian Berrouiguet, Professor Paul Haber, Professor Greg Carter & Professor Helen Christensen