11,000 self-harm episodes occur on a yearly basis in Denmark. Of these, the
majority are among youth below the age of 25 years. The Suicide Prevention
Clinics experience that parents often request information on how they can best
help their child after a self-harm episode. The aim of this project is to 1) in
collaboration with parents to develop a webpage for this group, 2) to test
whether the webpage can help reduce the stress burden that parents experience
in a randomised trial, 3) to examine whether parents of children who self-harm
have a higher rate of stress-related response when compared to parents not
The project has received 3.7 DKR from the Danish
Some people intentionally harm themselves to relieve mental pain. It may be difficult to stop this behavior once it has been initiated. There are, unfortunately, few treatment options for people with self-harm. One recommended approach is to develop strategies in the form of a safety plan, which can be activated if the urge for self-harm arises.
The Zero Self-Harm app was developed as an extension of the MYPLAN app. People with lived experiences, in the form of current and past self-harm, were included in the development process through focus group interviews. The app helps the user to identify warning signs and to develop strategies to cope with future crises.
Zero Self-Harm is currently being tested in a research project, which consists of: 1) a randomized study to investigate whether the Zero Self-Harm app may reduce self-harming behavior, and 2) a qualitative evaluation of barriers and facilitators for using the app. The RCT is expected to be initiated in the autumn of 2020 and to be completed in 2023.
People who have had a suicide attempt have a significantly higher risk of repeated suicidal behaviour. MYPLAN was created with the intention of being a self-help tool for management of suicidal crisis. This project consists of 1) a qualitative study of stakeholders on improvements to MYPLAN; 2) a randomized clinical trial to evaluate MYPLAN’s efficacy in reducing suicide intent among persons at risk of suicide, and 3) a person-centered evaluation of the MYPLAN to identify barriers and facilitators to its general implementation. The RCT was initiated in 2019 and is currently ongoing. Following studies have been published : The project received support from the Danish TRYG Foundation.