A “Hope Box” is a traditional therapy strategy for use by people when they are acutely suicidal. You can read more about that here. The basic idea is to build a “shoe box” of items to help you deal with acute suicidal feels by reminding you of your reasons for living, help you distract yourself, and help you use your personal safety plan.
Dr. Nigel Bush is part of a team at T2 (The National Center for Telehealth and Technology), that has adapted this strategy, building an app called the “Virtual Hope Box.” This app allows a person, possibly with their therapist, to carry hope-building and coping tools around on a smart phone. It is available for free on iPhone and Android.
We’d love for the #SPSM community to road test and comment on this app freely, and chat with Dr. Bush, one of the developers! Chat is 9pm CST, Sunday 9/21/14.
The Tweets for this chat will be archived on Storify.
Dr. Nigel Bush is a research psychologist and Program Manager at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) headquartered on Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. T2 is a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). Dr. Bush’s activities encompass diverse projects researching technology and traumatic brain injury (TBI), suicide, and mental health in the military.
Dr. Bush received a BSc with Honors in Psychology in 1979 from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Psychology in 1986 from the University of Southampton, both in the UK. In 1990, he completed a postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Pain and Toxicity research at the University of Washington in Seattle. Between 1987 and 2009, Dr. Bush was a senior staff scientist in the Clinical and Public Health divisions of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, before joining T2 in 2009. Most recently, he has specialized in development and evaluation of smartphone “apps” to address behavioral health issues in the US military.