Delivering the first internationally accessible Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on suicide prevention: A case study and insights into best practice

To date, little guidance exists on how to design safe and effective online programming on sensitive and/or controversial topics. Massive online open courses (MOOCs) represent a unique opportunity for delivering inclusive and accessible teaching to international learner audiences. This paper provides an insight into designing and delivering the first internationally accessible MOOC on suicide prevention […]

Decolonizing education: Nourishing the learning spirit

Drawing on treaties, international law, the work of other Indigenous scholars, and especially personal experiences, Marie Battiste documents the nature of Eurocentric models of education, and their devastating impacts on Indigenous knowledge. Chronicling the negative consequences of forced assimilation, racism inherent to colonial systems of education, and the failure of current educational policies for Aboriginal […]

Effects of a training workshop on suicide prevention among emergency room nurses

Background: Suicide attempts are frequently encountered by emergency department nurses. Such encounters can potentially provide a foundation for secondary suicide prevention. Aims: The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the effect of a 7-hr training program for emergency room nursing personnel in Japan. Method: In all, 52 nurses completed the questionnaires before the workshop and 1 month after […]

Addressing the mental health needs of inmates through education for correctional officers: A narrative review

Introduction: People with mental illness are overrepresented in correctional facilities. Correctional officers (COs) lack education to respond to inmates with mental illness. A review was conducted of mental health education programs for COs to identify factors related to effectiveness. Methods: Medical and criminal justice databases were searched for articles describing mental health education for COs. Studies including […]

The efficacy of the “Talk‑to‑Me” suicide prevention and mental health education program for tertiary students: A crossover randomised control trial

Despite suicide ideation being one of the most frequently reported health issues impacting tertiary students, there is a paucity of research evaluating the efficacy of preventive interventions aimed at improving mental health outcomes for students studying at two tertiary institutes. The current study evaluated the efficacy of the “Talk-to-Me” Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) in […]

Suicide-related knowledge among Italian early career psychiatrists and trainees: Results from a cross-sectional survey

The training of mental health professionals is an important component of suicide-prevention programs. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in different Italian regions to evaluate knowledge of, and attitudes toward, suicide as well as the experience of a patient’s suicide or a suicide attempt in early career psychiatrists (ECPs) and trainees (N = 338). The Suicide […]

The development of an online training tool for crisis supporters on late life suicide: Improving knowledge while promoting empowerment

Telephone crisis services have an increasing role in suicide prevention yet existing interventions have not empowered crisis supporters with adequate education targeting the needs of older people in crisis. An existing educational intervention was adapted for crisis supporters through collaboration between a crisis support service, clinician researchers, and an eLearning technology company. Empowering crisis supporters, […]

An evaluation of suicide prevention education for people working with refugees and asylum seekers: Improvements in competence, attitudes, and confidence

Background: There are concerning rates of suicidality among asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, and tailored suicide prevention initiatives are needed. Aims: We aimed to evaluate the impact of a tailored suicide prevention education program for people working with asylum seekers and refugees. Method: Attendees of the education program completed self-report questionnaires at pretraining, posttraining, and 4–6 months follow-up. Results: Over 400 […]

The effect of suicide prevention education on attitudes toward suicide in police officers

Objective: This study investigated the effect of suicide prevention education on attitudes toward suicide among police officers. Methods: We used an anonymous questionnaire for 518 officers and surveyed the demographic profiles and examined attitudes toward suicide utilizing the Attitudes Towards Suicide Scale (ATTS) (1=totally agree, 5=totally disagree). Our study divided participants into two groups, based on whether […]

Efficient, yet effective: Improvements in suicide-related knowledge, confidence, and preparedness after the deployment of a brief online module on suicide in a required MSW course

Although social workers are increasingly likely to encounter suicidal clients in their practice, many are under-prepared to address the issue of suicide, and significant deficiencies in suicide education exist in social work graduate programs. This study examined the acceptability and effectiveness of a brief yet comprehensive online module covering suicide risk assessment and treatment deployed […]

Readiness of counselor education and supervision for suicide training: A CQR study

The Counselor Education and Supervision professional community is responsible for providing training on suicide to Master’s students in counseling. Elevated suicide rates and historically insufficient training along with updated practice, ethical, and accreditation standards necessitate changes to counselor preparation on suicide. Readiness assessment can support the CES community’s aims to meet such standards. A Consensual […]

Overcoming stigma: A novel curriculum for teaching medical students about suicide

Suicide is prevalent among medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Medical students have suicide rates up to three times higher than the general population, and elevated rates of depression and suicide among physicians have also been widely documented. Medical students perceive suicide as more stigmatizing than other mental and physical health conditions, partially reinforced by […]

Evaluation of an educational intervention for clinicians on self-harm in older adults

Clinicians may lack knowledge and confidence regarding self-harm in older adults and hold attitudes that interfere with delivering effective care. A 1-hour educational intervention for hospital-based clinicians and general practitioners (GPs) was developed, delivered, and evaluated. Of 119 multidisciplinary clinicians working in aged care and mental health at two hospitals, 100 completed pre/post-evaluation questions. There […]

Social work instructors’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices about teaching suicide content

In 2012, the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention recommended more education in suicide prevention for mental health professionals. This study of social work instructors (N = 225) explored attitudes, beliefs, and feelings toward teaching suicide content in practice courses; the content covered; barriers to teaching about suicide; and desired supports. Overall, instructors were confident and perceived themselves […]

Mental health first aid: Reference guide (4th ed.)

This training course was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-0being or may be in crisis. The philosophy behind MHFA is that mental health and substance use crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If crises do […]

Suicides in psychiatric patients: Identifying health care-related factors through clinical practice reviews

The objective of this study was to identify health care-related factors associated with death by suicide in psychiatric patients and to gain insight into clinician views on how to deal with suicidality. The study material derived from a clinician committee in a psychiatric department reviewing every outpatient and inpatient suicide in a standardized way. Reports’ […]

SOS Signs of Suicide prevention program

Training program that addresses youth suicide, best practices for responding to students in need and how to implement an evidence-based, universal prevention program.

Wesley LifeForce suicide prevention training: Workshops and seminars

Wesley Mission has been a leader in the field of suicide prevention for many years, having founded the Lifeline movement in 1963. Wesley LifeForce was established in 1995 by Reverend Bob Dunlop, a former Minister of Wesley Mission, in response to the growing number of youth suicides in Australia.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: A scoping review protocol

Introduction Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of […]

Suicide assessment and management team-based learning module

Introduction: Suicide is a global health problem that health care providers must feel comfortable addressing. Unfortunately, many health care providers are not equipped to assess and treat patients at risk for suicide due to lack of training and education. Interactive resources are needed to educate health professions students about the management of suicidal patients. Methods: The suicide assessment […]

Suicide prevention education within youth work higher education: Negotiating presence and procedure.

: Child and youth care practitioners are likely to encounter issues of suicidality. Practitioners play an important role in the well-being of youth; thus, mental health literacy, and suicide prevention education in particular, should be an integral part of child and youth care pedagogy and curricular practices in higher education programs. With the aim of […]

Short- and long-term impact of an undergraduate suicidology course

Objective Suicide prevention models emphasize the importance of education as a foundational element for success. Yet, courses on suicidology are rare and those that do exist focus on clinical intervention skills at the graduate level, missing a critical population of undergraduate students. The current study evaluated the short and long‐term impact of a semester long […]

Characteristics of and barriers to suicidology training in undergraduate and clinically-oriented graduate-level psychology programs

: Suicide prevention efforts are focused at many levels, including ensuring competence among mental health professionals and training gatekeepers to recognize warning signs. Yet previous research has found that only approximately half of psychology trainees receive suicidology training and it is not clear how prevalent suicidology courses for undergraduates, potentially important gatekeepers on college campuses, […]