Evaluation of a suicide prevention training program for mental health services staff

Donald, Maria, Dower, Jo and Bush, Robert (2012) Evaluation of a suicide prevention training program for mental health services staff. Community Mental Health Journal, 49 1: 86-94. doi:10.1007/s10597-012-9489-y

Author Donald, Maria
Dower, Jo
Bush, Robert
Title Evaluation of a suicide prevention training program for mental health services staff
Journal name Community Mental Health Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-3853
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10597-012-9489-y
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 86
End page 94
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Training for health services staff often focuses on improving individual practitioner's knowledge and skills, with less emphasis given to the broader organizational context, in particular those elements that support successful implementation of changes post-training. This paper compares the effectiveness of a standard training model for suicide prevention to an enhanced training model. The training involved the public mental health workforce throughout the State of Queensland, Australia and was developed in collaboration with the State health department and as such took place within a policy and practice context. The standard training involved participation in a one-day training workshop, which provided information on evidence-based suicide prevention strategies. The enhanced model took an organizational development approach and incorporated a focus on creating and strengthening networks to enhance the capacity of mental health service staff to undertake preventive strategies. Findings suggest that multi-component organizational approaches for suicide prevention produces benefits that should now be trialled through experimental approaches.
Keyword Training
Mental health services
Suicide prevention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 31 January 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Healthy Communities Research Centre Publications
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Created: Wed, 07 Mar 2012, 05:10:27 EST by Robert Bush on behalf of Healthy Communities Research Centre