More to Life: computerized therapy for self-harm
 Posted on 31/05/2014 - 11:37
Idea Outline
"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 Challenge
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 Solution

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
In a second moment, the program will be implemented, thanks to the collaboration of experts IT engineers.
Once the program is ready for use, a study of validation will be carried out and appropriate edits will be carried out.
The final step, will involve evaluating More To Life effectiveness and advertising it.
Both validation and effectiveness studies will be conducted in clinical cohorts.

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 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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  • Data
  • Mobile
  • Social Software
  • Web/Internet

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    Supporto appieno l'iniziativa

    cosi' tante persone ne soffrono, e quel che emi lascia ogni volta sconvolto e' la violenza del silezio che li imprigiona. si puo fare di piu, i trattamenti ci sono, ma le liste di attesa molto lunghe, questo progetto potra' supportare molti, specialmente i piu giovani.

    People struggling with self harming are constantly need help, and this project may effectively help them to stop these behaviours and find a more adaptive solution to their problems!

    I have people who desperately need help with this challenging issue.

    This is an idea that will be beneficial to so many demographics. This is an important service once established will provide vital support. This is a sensitive area which mostly gets ignored despite how detrimental it can be to those who experience it.

    I believe that self harming is a big issue in a modern society, and this idea is acutely relevant and would be effective dealing with such issues.

    it is true, many people . many adolescents suffer from it! we need to move attention and to support this initiative

    Lavoro con persone che mettono in atto condotte autolesive....attualmente quest'idea rappresenta una sfida per l'innovazione nel campo della salute mentale

    Sono d'accordo . È una condotta più diffusa di quanto si possa immaginare!