Community Connections Cafe: Using the World Café Method to Supplement Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Community Connections Cafe: Using the World Café Method to Supplement Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Paper presentation160Michael Polacek, Mid-Valley Community Connections, Panama

Jurriaanse ZaalFri 14:00 - 15:30

Suicide is a leading cause of death with a scarcity of available trained mental health service providers and services in the community. Prevention requires a range of interventions beyond advanced mental health treatment (public awareness, trained gatekeepers (GK), building social connections, etc.). The quality improvement project aimed to explore focused discussions among gatekeepers to supplement their initial training and increase their perceived self-efficacy to perform learned interventional behaviors. Secondarily, the project sought to use GK experiences in that role to evaluate the community prevention system. The pilot project adapted the World Café (WC) method in an online focused small-group discussion using three starter questions summarized in a full group Harvest. Self-efficacy was measured pre and post-intervention using the Brief Suicide Intervention Tool and distribution with the Wilcoxon Signed-Rank test indicating significant positive results. The WC provided a rich picture of the challenges GKs found when seeking help in a crisis.

care and treatment
Suicide Gatekeeper Training, Suicide Prevention, Suicide Prevention Policy, The World Café
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