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

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dc.contributor.author Arensman, Ella
dc.contributor.author Coffey, Claire
dc.contributor.author Griffin, Eve
dc.contributor.author Van Audenhove, Chantal
dc.contributor.author Scheerder, Gert
dc.contributor.author Gusmão, Ricardo
dc.contributor.author Costa, Susana
dc.contributor.author Larkin, Celine
dc.contributor.author Koburger, Nicole
dc.contributor.author Maxwell, Margaret
dc.contributor.author Harris, Fiona M.
dc.contributor.author Postuvan, Vita
dc.contributor.author Hegerl, Ulrich
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-18T10:20:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-18T10:20:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-19
dc.identifier.citation Arensman, E., Coffey, C., Griffin, E., Van Audenhove, C., Scheerder, G., Gusmao, R., Costa, S., Larkin, C., Koburger, N., Maxwell, M., Harris, F., Postuvan, V., Hegerl, U., (2016) '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'. The International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 62(7), pp. 651-660. doi: 1177/0020764016668907 en
dc.identifier.volume 62 en
dc.identifier.issued 7 en
dc.identifier.startpage 651 en
dc.identifier.endpage 660 en
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7640
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3289
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0020764016668907
dc.description.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 post-training. 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. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage Publications en
dc.relation.uri http://isp.sagepub.com/content/62/7/651
dc.rights © The Authors 2016 en
dc.subject Gatekeeper training en
dc.subject Suicide en
dc.subject Depression en
dc.subject Police en
dc.subject Community en
dc.subject Prevention en
dc.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 en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ella Arensman, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: earensman@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2016-11-18T10:07:42Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 372340834
dc.contributor.funder Seventh Framework Programme en
dc.contributor.funder European Commission en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle The International Journal of Social Psychiatry en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress earensman@ucc.ie en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7::SP1::HEALTH/223138/EU/Optimizing suicide prevention programs and their implementation in Europe/OSPI-EUROPE en


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