Year: 2017 Source: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. (2009). 26(1): 53-61. DOI: 10.1111/jcap.12011 SIEC No: 20170136
Rates of youth suicide and suicidal behavior remain high despite prevention efforts. Training high school personnel as gatekeepers is an important strategy.


Training was implemented in a school district’s five comprehensive high schools. Surveys were conducted before and after training sessions, which targeted all adults working at the high school. Two hundred thirty-seven individuals completed the pretest and/or posttest.


Participants reported gains in knowledge, confidence, and feelings of competence in recognizing, approaching, and connecting distressed youth to school-based resources. Training was well received.


Training is acceptable and appropriate for school personnel. Increasing the number of school personnel who participate in the training is challenging.

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