Year: 2016 Source: Archives of Suicide Research.(2016).20(3):402-411. DOI:10.1080/13811118.2015.1033122 SIEC No: 20160335

American Indian youth have the highest suicide rates in the United States; however, many do not use services and access barriers exist. This study was a cross-sectional evaluation of 6 gatekeeper trainings conducted on 1 reservation with N = 84 individuals. Analyses examined participant characteristics, impact on training objectives, and satisfaction. The majority of participants were American Indian and female (89.3%). Significant increases in knowledge (p < 0.001) and self-efficacy (p < 0.001) were observed post-test, as well as high satisfaction (3.53/5) and intent to use skills daily (36.4%) or monthly (66.3%). Lowest rated was how the training addressed cultural differences (2.93). While results support the promise of gatekeeper training, they identify a clear need for adaptation; specific implementation and research recommendations are discussed.