Year: 2022 Source: Archives of Suicide Research. (2022). 26(1), 304-312. SIEC No: 20220281

Numerous studies have demonstrated that PSA campaigns can be effective in increasing awareness/knowledge, attitudes, intentions to change behaviors, and ultimately behaviors; and the majority of suicide prevention PSAs encourage help-seeking behavior by the person at-risk and/or by those worried about a person who might be at risk of suicide. However, to date, only a handful of studies have evaluated the impact of suicide prevention [PSA] campaigns and no suicide prevention PSA campaign has examined whether behavior change occurs in response to short-term implementation of a suicide prevention PSA. The primary goal of this study is to determine whether exposure to short-term (1 month) suicide prevention PSA campaign results in a help-seeking behavior. Results offer initial, limited evidence that public awareness campaigns are effective at getting an audience to engage in a help-seeking behavior, however due to methodological limitations, the superiority of a PSA vs. a printed flyer was not able to be determined.