BRAVA: Building Resilience and Attachment in Vulnerable Adolescents (BRAVA)

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    Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Updated on 4 October 2022


The prevalence of suicidal ideation (SI) among adolescents in North America is high, making it critical to develop evidence-based brief interventions for adolescents with SI that target healthy coping skills and relationships. BRAVA is a novel brief group intervention for adolescents with mild to moderate SI and their caregivers; youth are taught skills for coping and relating more effectively with others. Caregivers learn about adolescent development, effective parenting and the importance of connection. The goal of the randomized controlled trial is to assess the efficacy of a virtually-delivered, brief group intervention for adolescents with mild to moderate SI and their caregivers in reducing SI.

Condition Suicidal Ideation, Suicide and Self-harm
Treatment Enhanced Treatment As Usual, Group Intervention
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04751968
SponsorChildren's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Adolescents 13 years old to 17.5 years old
Mild to moderate suicidal ideation (SI without plan or gesture; 1 on the HEADS-ED) (Cappelli, et al., 2012)
Interested in study participation
Access to an electronic device with internet and email capabilities, and a functioning camera and microphone

Exclusion Criteria

SI with plan or gesture (2 on HEADS ED; indicated plan or gesture)
Comorbid disorders (psychosis, schizophrenia, developmental disabilities, major substance abuse, and severe eating disorders)
Referring clinician has identified an externalizing disorder as a primary diagnosis or primary concern (e.g. Conduct Disorder)
Currently participating in regular psychotherapy at least one time per week
Currently under Children's Aid Society care
Currently in the CHEO ED on a Form 1 or Form 2, or placed on a Section 17
Express difficulty with reading and writing
Clear my responses

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