Nicole Thomson

OT, PhD; Director, Quality Innovation Patient Safety & Experience, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Poster Title: Hope by CAMH: An app-based approach to Suicide Safety Planning

Poster Description: Over 4000 Canadians die by suicide every year (an average of 11 per day), making suicide prevention a national priority. Mental health nurses play a large role in treatment and care for patients with suicidal ideation or behavior, including carrying out best practices for suicide prevention such as collaborative safety planning with patients. Gaps currently exist with the fidelity of implementing safety planning within routine clinical care. Barriers to using paper-based safety plans can include a lack of portability and accessibility by patients in the time of crisis due to misplaced plans. Safety planning through smartphone apps are a feasible strategy to due to their accessibility, but the integration of mental health apps into patient and nursing/ clinical workflows remains a largely unexplored area of practice. We will present on one such smartphone app within this poster.

Learning Objectives:

Introduce the Hope by CAMH app, and discuss its: (2) development, and (3) integration into care

Biography: Nicole is an experienced health care leader with considerable experience in clinical leadership, research, education, and policy. Nicole earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western University and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto. In addition, Nicole is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In her current role, Nicole is responsible for Quality, Innovation, Patient Safety and Patient/Family Experience at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.



Lydia Sequeira, MHI; CIHR Health System Impact Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Biography: Lydia Sequeira is a health informatics researcher and CIHR Health System Impact Fellow within the Digital Mental Health Research Lab at CAMH. Her research focuses on digital health interventions and suicide prevention, and she is involved in evaluating CAMH’s Hope app. She is also a course instructor at Michener’s Digital Health and Data Analytics Program. 


Lydia Sequeira – Poster CFMHN