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Assessment of Suicide and Self-Injury to Enhance School Safety (ASSESS)

The overarching mission of this project is to help schools develop an efficient and effective way to identify at-risk students and help to prevent adolescent suicide and self-harm. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the US. We hope that this study will help provide a new way to best help high schoolers at risk for suicide. In order to meet this mission, we need your help!

Suicide is a big public health problem and we often don’t know who is at risk for suicide. We want to evaluate if social media data, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Reddit, is helpful information to use for identifying teens at risk. We’ll also ask your options about how to best prevent suicide in your school. If you choose to donate your data, we will use it to build a state of the art, first of its kind system to help those with lived experience, suicide loss survivors, their families, their communities, their doctors, and their healthcare systems prevent suicide.

This project is a collaboration between researchers at University of Washington, Qntfy, which is staffed by data scientists and experts in suicide prevention, and your school. Your data donation will be used data to more accurately identify when high school students might be at risk for suicide.

The data we collect is limited to public posts and messages typically visible to friends and family on the various social networks. We will never sell this data nor will personally identifiable information be used in publication stating what we learned. If you have questions about how we will protect and utilize this data, you can contact Qntfy at info@qntfy.com.

If you would like more information about the ASSESS study, please feel free to email us at uwassess@uw.edu.


The ASSESS project is a research study being conducted out of the University of Washington’s School Mental Health Assessment, Research, & Training (SMART) Center and funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Center represents a transdisciplinary collaboration between faculty in the College of Education (CoE) and the School of Medicine (SoM; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences). If you would like to learn more information about the center, please visit our website at https://education.uw.edu/smart.