Year: 2007 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.37, no.2, (April 2007), p.135-144 SIEC No: 20070589

This study attempted to verify the effectiveness on helper competency of a training program on intervening with suicidal youth. 43 helpers who received the training were compared with 28 helpers who did not. Participants who received the training improved in knowledge, attitudes, & intervention skills following the training, compared with the control group across measures. Their gains were maintained at 6-month follow-up. In this sample, implementation of a one-time training program improved helper competencies in youth suicide intervention. (22 refs.)