Journal Article

Training Outcomes from the Samaritans of New York Suicide Awareness and Prevention Programme among Community- and School-Based Staff

Tanisha R. Clark, Monica M. Matthieu, Alan Ross and Kerry L. Knox

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 7, pages 2223-2238
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq016
Training Outcomes from the Samaritans of New York Suicide Awareness and Prevention Programme among Community- and School-Based Staff

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The Samaritans of New York public education suicide awareness and prevention programme is designed to train lay and professional staff on effective suicide prevention practices and how to ‘befriend’ a person in crisis. However, little is known about the individual-level characteristics of staff who attend these trainings. Community- and school-based staff (N = 365) completed pre- and post-training measures of self-efficacy regarding their knowledge about suicide and suicide prevention and their ability to intervene with individuals at risk for suicide. Results indicate increased self-efficacy after suicide prevention training (M = 3.7, SD = 0.6) than before (M = 3.3, SD = 0.7) (t = –13.24, p < 0.05). Trainees with higher levels of education and previous contact with suicidal individuals were significantly more likely to indicate gains in self-efficacy after training.

Keywords: Suicide; suicide prevention; training; evaluation; Samaritans

Journal Article.  5370 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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