Last updated on May 2019

To Share Or Not To Share


Brief description of study

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the group-based intervention "To Share Or Not To Share" in a German clinical setting. Feasibility and efficacy of the program will be tested in a pilot randomized-controlled trial.

Detailed Study Description

People who have survived a suicide attempt often face public and self-stigma, and secrecy is a common strategy to minimize the risk of being labeled. Both secrecy and disclosure have pros and cons. The decision whether, when, and to whom to disclose a previous suicide attempt is complex. Interventions can provide guidance for systematic consideration and a well informed decision. Potentially, it may not be disclosure itself, but the empowered decision for or against disclosure of a previous suicide attempt that reduces distress and leads to beneficial outcomes.

The manualized peer-led group intervention "Honest, Open, Proud" (HOP) supports people with mental illness in their decision whether to disclose mental illness. Research showed positive effects of the intervention on stigma stress, disclosure-related distress and quality of life. Based on HOP, "To Share Or Not To Share" (2Share) was developed to systematically guide suicide attempt survivors through their decision whether and how to disclose a previous suicide attempt.

2Share led to significant reductions in self-stigma and depressive symptoms, as well as increased self-esteem in a recent pilot randomized-controlled trial (RCT) in the US. The aim of the current study is to evaluate 2Share in a German clinical setting. Feasibility and efficacy of 2 Share will be tested in a pilot RCT.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03943862

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