Journal article

Universal Suicide Prevention in Young People An Evaluation of the safeTALK Program in Australian High Schools

Eleanor Bailey, Matthew J Spittal, Jane Pirkis, Madelyn Gould, Jo Robinson

CRISIS-THE JOURNAL OF CRISIS INTERVENTION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION | HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Universal education and awareness programs in schools are a promising suicide prevention intervention but to date no research has evaluated the iatrogenic effects of such programs. AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of the safeTALK program for secondary school students and determine whether it is associated with any iatrogenic effects. METHOD: Participants were 129 students from the three main high schools in Alice Springs who attended the safeTALK training and consented to participate in the evaluation. Participants were assessed immediately before and immediately after the training using a purpose-designed survey. Follow-up questionnaires were administered online ..

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