Year: 2022 Source: Archives of Suicide Research. (2022). 26(2), 968-974. SIEC No: 20220803
Telephone crisis services have an increasing role in suicide prevention yet existing interventions have not empowered crisis supporters with adequate education targeting the needs of older people in crisis. An existing educational intervention was adapted for crisis supporters through collaboration between a crisis support service, clinician researchers, and an eLearning technology company. Empowering crisis supporters, through improving knowledge and highlighting their strengths and expertise, was emphasized. The adaptive learning technology featured a pretest, middle learning module (educational content), and post-test individualized to the participant’s incorrect pretest answers. The online training tool on suicidal behaviors in late-life combined clinician researcher expertise and evidence, insights from crisis supporters, and adaptive learning technology to create a purpose-built educational tool addressing an unmet need.