Title: Effectiveness of Depression-Suicidal Behaviour Gatekeeper Training among police officers in three European regions: Outcomes of the Optimising Suicide Prevention Programmes and Their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe) study
Authors: Arensman, Ella ×
Coffey, Claire
Griffin, Eve
Van Audenhove, Chantal
Scheerder, Gert
Gusmao, Ricardo
Costa, Susana
Larkin, Celine
Koburger, Nicole
Maxwell, Margaret
Harris, Fiona
Postuvan, Vita
Hegerl, Ulrich #
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Publisher: Avenue Pub. Co.
Series Title: International Journal of Social Psychiatry vol:Ahead of print
Article number: 0020764016668907
Abstract: Background: Gatekeeper training for community facilitators, to identify and respond to those at risk of suicide, forms
an important part of multi-level community-based suicide prevention programmes.
Aims: This study examined the effects of gatekeeper training on attitudes, knowledge and confidence of police officers in dealing with persons at risk of suicide.
Methods: A total of 828 police officers across three European regions participated in a 4-hour training programme
which addressed the epidemiology of depression and suicidal behaviour, symptoms of depression, warning signs
and risk factors associated with suicidal behaviour, motivating help-seeking behaviour, dealing with acute suicidal crisis and informing bereaved relatives. Participants completed internationally validated questionnaires assessing stigmatising attitudes, knowledge about depression and confidence in dealing with suicidal persons pre- and posttraining.
Results: There were significant differences among countries in terms of previous exposure to suicidal persons and
extent of previous training. Post-training evaluation demonstrated significant improvements in stigmatising attitudes, knowledge and confidence in all three countries.
Conclusion: The consistently positive effects of gatekeeper training of police officers across different regions support
inclusion of this type of training as a fundamental part of multi-level community-based suicide prevention programmes
and roll-out, nationally and internationally.
ISSN: 0020-7640
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
LUCAS - Centre for Care Research and Consultancy
× corresponding author
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