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Motto & Bostrom, 2001: Receiving periodic caring notes from a hospital reduced subsequent suicide rates among at-risk patients over two years

Reference:

Motto, J. A., & Bostrom, A. G. (2001). A randomized controlled trial of postcrisis suicide prevention. Psychiatric services, 52(6), 828-833.
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Summary:

Receiving a series of caring notes from a hospital following a suicidal or depressive incident (e.g., “Dear___: It has been some time since you were at the hospital, and we hope things are going well for you. If you wish to drop us a note we would be glad to hear from you.”) reduced suicide rates over the next two years from 3.52% to 1.80%.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

To Feel Connected, Included, Respected, and Valued by Others

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Remedy Threats to Belonging that Undermine Functioning

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I noticed by others?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Bolstering beliefs about social connectedness

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I noticed by others?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018