|More to Life: computerized therapy for self-harm|
| Posted on 31/05/2014 - 10:37|
"The wound is the place where the light enters you". More To Life, is aimed to support people suffering from self-harm. This research-based tool will empower the user mentalizing ability to challenge the urge to self-harm and suicidal ideations.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines Self-harm as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue. It is usually related to a wide variety of issues including emotional and interpersonal discomfort. It affects mostly young people aged between 14 and 24 and it has been shown that the percentage of hospital admissions due to self-harm increased by 68% in the past 10 years (Youngminds, 2011). The negative public attitude and lack of social support towards self-harm can reinforce stress and secrecy. The National Institute of Health has recommended the use of computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programmes to support patients coping with depression and anxiety. Our intent is to develop the first computerized therapy tool for this risk behaviour.
The Psychiatric Bulletin has found that in 2014, the waiting list for access to specialist treatment and support can be months.
More To Life could lead to immediate support and can be implemented alongside specific treatments for those who are receiving care.
At a first stage, in order to identify which aspects of mentalizing abilities are impaired, a scientific meta-analysis will be conducted
Target group and social impact
People struggling with self-harm and suicidal ideation would benefit from this as well as the overall community and public health costs. Self-harm affects not only the people directly involved, but also the families of the person concerned. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that in 2010 nearly 880.000 people died because of self-harm (Lozano, 2012).
Competences of the applicant
Luca Pozzi is a research psychologist at the Cassel Hospital specialist Personality Disorders Services. He is also a Mentalization Based treatment Practitioner formed at the Anna Freud Centre, Uk. He is the director & founder of www.psicologialondra.com. He coordinates more than 10 therapist, psychologists and It consultants to create a specific digital support for people with self-harming issues
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