Suicide prevention and the clinical workforce: Guidelines for training

These training guidelines were designed to advance the competency of the broad clinical workforce—including nurses, social workers, physicians, and mental health professionals—in serving individuals at risk of suicide.

The association of pediatric emergency medicine physicians’ self-identified skills in suicide risk assessment and management with training in mental health

Objective: Because changes to pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) education may help address barriers to youth suicide risk screening programs, this study aimed to understand the impact of formal training in areas that likely include suicide-related practices, developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) and adolescent medicine (AM), on PEM physician-perceived level of training, attitudes, and confidence assessing and managing youth […]

A systematic review of training interventions for emergency department providers and psychosocial interventions delivered by emergency department providers for patients who self-harm

Objectives: People who self-harm frequently present to the emergency department (ED) and are treated by generalist healthcare staff with no specialist mental health training. We systematically reviewed (i) training interventions for generalist ED providers and (ii) psychosocial interventions delivered predominantly by generalist ED providers for people who self-harm. Method: Five databases were searched for studies reporting on […]

Suicide prevention outreach on social media delivered by trained volunteers: A qualitative study

Background: There is a need to develop new ways to reach and engage people at risk for suicidal behavior. Suicide prevention outreach on social media (SPOSM) represents a promising strategy, and trained volunteers could potentially provide the needed human resources. Aims: We aimed to investigate users’ perception of SPOSM delivered by volunteers of the Israeli Sahar organization and […]

Teaching gender competency with Men in Mind: Foundations of an online training program for mental health practitioners

Recognition of the importance of mental health practitioners’ enactment of ‘gender competency’ when working with men is growing. This article describes the development and theoretical background to a novel online training program for practitioners, called Men in Mind. The training focuses on men’s gender socialization, engaging male clients in therapy, and responding effectively to men’s depression and […]

Does a brief suicide prevention gatekeeper training program enhance observed skills?

Background: Suicide is a significant public health problem worldwide that requires evidence-based prevention efforts. One approach to prevention is gatekeeper training. Gatekeeper training programs for community members have demonstrated positive changes in knowledge and attitudes about suicide. Changes in gatekeeper skills have not been well established. Aims: To assess and to predict the impact of a brief, […]

Evaluation of sustainable, blended learning workforce education for suicide prevention in youth services

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in the U.S. and equipping clinical and non-clinical staff in youth services to address suicide concerns is a challenge. This paper evaluates InPlace Learning, an innovative and sustainable blended learning approach to suicide prevention workforce education in youth services. InPlace Learning combines group video-guided workshops, […]

Observed behaviours and suicide assessment language post‑Mental Health First Aid training in Australia and the United States: A mixed methods study using discourse analysis

Background Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches participants how to respond to mental health crises, including suicide. Little is known about the impact of training on participants’ observed MHFA behaviours. This exploratory study aimed to compare MHFA-trained Australian and US student pharmacists’ performance and suicide assessment language during simulated patient role-play (SPRP) assessments. Methods […]

The engaged community action for preventing suicide (ECAPS) model in Latin America: development of the ¡PEDIR! program

Purpose It is estimated that someone dies by suicide every 40 s globally and that 3000 people end their lives daily. Of these deaths, 79% occur in low-resource settings. The very nature of the low-resource settings often serves as a barrier to the adoption and implementation of evidence-based suicide prevention models that have demonstrated success in […]

Interprofessional suicide prevention education: Training insights from a course disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns regarding possible spikes in suicidal behavior in light of heightened risk factors such as social isolation and financial strain; thus, comprehensive suicide prevention training for emerging health service providers is increasingly vital. This article summarizes an interprofessional education (IPE) suicide prevention course delivered in-person in Spring 2020. Pilot data […]

Virtual versus in-person suicide prevention training in the workplace: Evaluation of the VitalCog program

Most suicides occur among adults of working age and workplace suicide prevention is a public health priority. Workplace suicide prevention efforts, however, remain limited. This paper describes and evaluates a workplace-based suicide prevention gatekeeper training delivered in-person and virtually. VitalCog is a 2-h suicide prevention program designed specifically for the workplace and based on best […]

LINC to Life: Evaluation of a safety planning training program with clinicians and mental health staff

Suicide rates continue to rise, and clinicians and mental health staff play a critical role in keeping suicidal clients safe. Safety planning, including means safety, may help to decrease suicide risk. Unfortunately, availability and evaluation of safety planning training for these providers are scarce. The goal of the present study was to evaluate a safety […]

Validation of the suicide counseling skills inventory

Background: The self-report measures used in evaluations of the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program have tended not to detect an improvement in a broad range of suicide counseling skills from pre- to posttraining or among trainees with better skills at pretraining. Aims: The purpose of this study was to develop and validate the Suicide Counseling Skills […]

Preliminary evaluation of lived experience of suicide training: Short-, medium- and longer-term impacts of Our Voices in Action training

Despite increased participation and multiple workforce roles of those with lived experience in suicide prevention, there are no evaluated training programs to support this population. This study evaluated a training program aimed to prepare people for these important roles. Survey data at pre-, post- and at three- and 12-month follow-up were used measuring knowledge, attitudes, […]

High school educator training by simulation to address emotional and behavioral concerns in school settings: A randomized study

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of an online virtual human role-play simulation in teaching high school educators and staff to identify, talk to, and if necessary, refer students in psychological distress to support services. High school educators (N = 31,144) from 43 US states and 5 American territories completed a baseline survey […]

Brief internet-delivered skills training based on DBT for adults with borderline personality disorder: A feasibility study

Objective Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by instability in emotions, relationships, and behaviors, such as self-injury and suicidal behavior. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an established intervention for BPD, but there are long waiting times for treatment. This study aimed to explore if a brief internet-delivered DBT skills training program with minimal therapist support […]

The Certified QPR+ Pathfinder Training Program: Need, concept, framework, & curriculum for a global approach to the prevention and mitigation of suicidal ideation and deaths by suicide

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration more than 12 million adults seriously considered suicide in 2019, compared to approximately 48,000 who died by suicide. Seriously thinking about suicide is a kind of misery index, a painful mental torment that negatively impacts all aspects of life. Extrapolating from the US ratio to […]

Harnessing innovative technologies to train nurses in suicide safety planning with hospitalized patients: Protocol for formative and pilot feasibility research

Background: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with >47,000 deaths in 2019. Most people who died by suicide had contact with the health care system in the year before their death. Health care provider  training is a top research priority identified by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention; […]

Development of an online suicide prevention program involving people with lived experience: Ideas and challenges

Background Fear of stigmatization, self-stigmatization, and insucient information can lead to secrecy, reduced helpseeking, lower self-esteem, and lower self-ecacy among people affected by suicidality or suicide. Therefore, we developed an online suicide prevention program aiming to improve knowledge about suicidality and suicide stigma. Methods Inspired by the Australian program The Ripple Effect, a German team […]

Remote supervision and training in suicide prevention during the time of the coronavirus pandemic: Recommendations for training programs and supervisors

The Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) has led to a widespread surge in need for mental health services. At the same time, trainees in health service psychology rapidly transitioned to remote work to protect the safety of themselves, colleagues, and patients from the pandemic. This abrupt switch has led to pioneering advancements in the use of remote […]

An evaluation of the core competency suicide prevention training program for university health service providers

Despite advances in suicide risk assessment and intervention, evidence-based suicide prevention training for university health service providers is still lacking. This study evaluated the core competency model of suicide prevention training for an interdisciplinary sample of university counseling and student health providers (N = 21). Training was delivered in a half-day workshop format. Participants completed a pre-post […]

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’ […]

A poststructural analysis: Current practices for suicide prevention by nurses in the emergency department and areas of improvement

Aims and objectives To use a poststructuralist framework to critique historical, social and institutional constructions of emergency nursing and examine conflicting discourses surrounding suicide prevention. The aim is to also demonstrate practical guidance for enhancing emergency nursing practice and research with regard to suicide prevention. Background Emergency departments have been historically constructed as places for […]