Evaluation of a project to raise community awareness of suicide risk among older men

Bartlett, Helen, Travers, Catherine and Cartwright, Colleen (2008) Evaluation of a project to raise community awareness of suicide risk among older men. Journal of Mental Health, 17 4: 388-397. doi:10.1080/09638230701506010

Author Bartlett, Helen
Travers, Catherine
Cartwright, Colleen
Title Evaluation of a project to raise community awareness of suicide risk among older men
Journal name Journal of Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8237
Publication date 2008-08
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09638230701506010
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 388
End page 397
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 321204 Mental Health
730211 Mental health
Formatted abstract
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a population-based strategy designed to raise awareness in the community, in all regions of Queensland, Australia, about the nature and extent of suicide by older men and to provide preventive strategies.

Method: Trained presenters conducted information and skills training sessions in all Queensland regions in 2001 - 2002. The evaluation included a questionnaire and post-session evaluation form which participants were invited to complete. Approximately 6 months following attendance at a session, a sub-set of participants were further surveyed by postal questionnaire.

Results: Approximately 3016 persons attended an information session and participants' responses revealed that a large proportion had either been personally bereaved by suicide (20%) or knew someone who had been so bereaved (58%). Evaluation immediately following the session found that the majority of respondents considered that the session had been useful (88%) and most (90%) reported that the session had enhanced their understanding of risk factors for suicide by older men.

Conclusion: The information kit and presentations developed for use in the project appear to be useful tools for presenting sensitive material and encouraging people to discuss suicide. The use of existing community resources ensured that the project was highly cost-effective and sustainable.
Keyword suicide
health education
rural population
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Created: Tue, 08 Apr 2008, 08:48:56 EST by Nicola De Silva on behalf of Australasian Centre on Ageing