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Participants needed for suicide prevention app evaluation study

Posted by Faculty of Computer Science on April 23, 2024 in General Announcements

Do you own an Android phone? Are you interested in evaluating a suicide prevention app?

Researchers at Dalhousie University in partnership with Roots of Hope Nova Scotia are exploring how technology can be used for suicide prevention.

We’re looking for participants for a study to evaluate a mobile application called ‘LifeLink’ that supports caregivers of individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts. This study consists of a pre-test survey (~ 5 minutes), after which you will be asked to install and use the LifeLink app for a week. After a week, you will be asked to fill out a post-test survey (~10-15 minutes). If you wish, you can also participate in an optional interview session (online) to provide more feedback on your experience with the app.

Qualifications Required:

  • Age 16+
  • Live in Canada
  • Own an Android phone            
  • Have supported or are supporting an individual experiencing suicidal thoughts including their caregivers, partners, grandparents, families, chosen family, friends, teachers, guidance counsellors, social workers, coaches, mentors etc.   
  • English language proficiency

Participants will enter a lucky draw to win one (1) of five (5) Amazon Gift Card worth $50 each.

Your participation is highly appreciated and is completely voluntary. All data will be treated confidentially and for research purposes only. This study is part of a Master’s thesis and has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at Dalhousie University [REB #2024-7043].

If you have any questions or to participate, please email Smriti Jha at